Saturday, 30 January 2010

How to paint birds of prey

I plan on taking you through my approach on painting a bird of prey. Over the next few weeks I will be posting 5 blogs which should take you through the whole process of painting a bird of prey and I will include some basic techniques and tips to help you achieve a competent bird of prey painting. In this blog I will start with how to begin............
First you need to decide on how you are going to present your image. This will depend on your confidence in your abilities and your references materials, whether they are field studies, sketches or photgraphs you have taken. Then you need to decide the basis of your piece of artwork, are you doing a portrait, a basic study, the bird in its natural habitat, or a full blow action scene? The last two will mean having the correct habitat or landscape references (e.g. Harpy eagles are not normally found in the Scottish Highland, nor Gyr falcons in the Amazon) so a trip out into the wild is called for. Once again, it is better to do your own legwork; you can’t beat being there yourself.

You should now have the basics to start your artwork. But before rushing in and copying one or more of your reference images you should plan your picture. This means thinking about composition and lighting. Even with a portrait, your image has to look right to the viewer –be it you, the purchaser, a falconer or a professor of zoology) unless the bird is square-on to the viewer, looking straight out the picture, never put the subject right in the centre of the picture. Apart from this one instance, there are no real rules to composition. In fact, in nature the so called rules are constantly being broken, your bird could be in the top right of the picture looking up with its back to the viewer, flying down, into the painting, out of the painting.
This should be enough for you to be getting on with now, so tune in next week for the next phase of the process.

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Kind regards
Alan M Hunt

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Amazing British Wildlife Artist

Alan Hunt British Wildlife Painter

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Alan M Hunt internationally acclaimed Wildlife Artist

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One of the best wildlife artists in the world
Capturing African Wildlife.

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Coming Soon on Alan's Blog How to paint Birds of Prey a weekly blog taking you through the whole process of painting any bird of prey.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

New Wildlife Art Prints for Sale

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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The Big African Five

Alans Latest Collection Titled "The African Big Five Original" Wildlife Paintings for Sale

Wildlife Artist Alan M Hunt

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Alan M Hunt is on of the best Wildlife Artists in the World
He started off his painting career at a very young age painting British Birds and soon developed a love particularly for Birds of Prey.
Alan now focuses his wildlife art paintings on highlighting conservation and endagered animals.

Alan M Hunt Wildlife Artist Original Paintings

Alan M Hunt is one of the best wildlife artist in the world, his stunning paintings are unbelievably realistic and are collected extensively by lovers of wildlife art and investors alike. Alan started off his career as an artist paintings British Birds and soon moved on to painting and specialising Birds of Prey. Alan now devotes much of his painting towards highlight conservation and the protection of endangered animals and this is reflected in his painting of Wildlife Art from around the world.