Reproduction of Hokusai’s ‘Sparrow & Magnolia’

9 Jun

Having put a coat of white paint on a couple wooden boards that were framed and that used to represent some rather ugly and soulless floral representations, I set to reproduce Hokusai’s ‘Sparrow & Magnolia’.


I sketched it rather precisely, a somewhat tedious endeavour given the texture of the layer of white paint:
Then I started to paint with gouache. Here, the sky and the wood of the magnolia branch:

Then, the sparrow in shades of orange and light milky orange:

Purple and red for the dark petals of the magnolia blossoms:

I added white to my burgundy mix and enhanced the magnolia blossoms. Then used dark and light green for the leaves:

Then I focused on the sparrow, using blue and white, and black:

With a Pentel black brushpen, I outlined everything and creating details on the tail of the sparrow, the branch and leaves.

Here is the resulting 20×50 cm framed painting:

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