Witness the changes as we give Mr. Moose “A” his beauty makeover. This miner is looking for gold in the hills of Chewelah WA. Initially, he appears sporting a pair of patched blue jeans with red suspenders with his yellow miner hat. Miner Moose is a little large, okay VERY large, and extending well beyond the edges of our table. I have to pay attention to drop cloth placement for this guy today. Doesn’t he seem like he is worried, as he lays on the table waiting for a “new look” after all his repairs?
First, his moose antlers are created with a light gray background that is shaped by working darks and lights into the wet paint for the different rounded horn surfaces.
Similarly, the next step is to cover his fur with a basic brown. I pull out 3D shapes in his body and face, by using combinations of red, blue, and yellow in the wet paint. Mustn’t forget his hind legs showing at the base of his pants.
Next, I apply blue to the jeans followed by their highlights in white. If, while I am working, I have a color on my brush and notice an area that needs it, I simply apply it right then. You will notice that I like to use blue to make surfaces show more in the distance or shadow. With that goal in mind, blue applied to the eyes, leg backs, nose, and around his ear.
Green Burlap Bag
The addition of a significant change as I add a small green burlap bag to hold gold treasures along his beltline, which eliminated the suspenders. This should draw attention to his middle body region instead of his legs. Just maybe, if the majority of the pokes are on his body center, it is possible that his spindly legs will stand a better chance at survival.
His eye and face are re-created here along with his little yellow “miner” hat, which is put in without the light.
Stepping back, I examine “A’s” makeover progress. While I can still see some of the screw holes from the repairs from a few angles. Honestly they are not all that noticeable when you step back. It is amazing what a good coat of paint does, isn’t it?
Now it is time for the finishing touch in our Moose “A” makeover! The gold treasures are placed in his bag, and he is ready for his final sealing coat. He is all new and ready to go back home to his place up on the hill.