Crab Step-by Step

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

This is the crab step-by step section, the second of maybe 4- part series of a panel I did for the International event for decorative painters called SALON.  This particular gathering was in Hamburg, Germany and the theme was “the harbor”.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

Here is the design that was drawn with transfer paper.  The design was blown up first on my copy machine.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

First, block in the color with care to honor your sketch lines.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

Here,  I concentrated on the halftone and accent tones on the ornamentation

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step
I pretty much finished the crab in one go, being sure to get the color intensity right.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

Finishing with the outline, the crab came to life.  Now I know how to finish off the ornamentation – based on the value and intensity of the crab.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

I added strong highlights on the ornamentation.

Pierre Finkelstein Crab Step-by step

Finally, the added outline on the ornament finished the design.

To see how I painted the Ornament click here

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Comments

  1. Great work. This full-color treatment is difficult to pull off well, both in composition and modeling.
    1. Is this your design? Did you work from a precedent?
    2. How did you decide which element to finish first and when to go back and forth? Could you have finished one element 100% then moved to the next?

    • Pierre Finkelstein says:

      This is not my design. I got it from a book in my library — as I often do. I mixed my colors for each major element. From highlight to shadows. Therefore, it’s easier to finish the element entirely.

  2. Jeff T Huckaby says:

    Awesome!

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