Garlic

Garlic seems to be good for colds so I recommend it to all afraid of winter. I made this drawing when I had a fever so please - spare me, that small cat was some kind of variation to this rather boring topic. Actually while drawing this adorable garlic I encountered no special problems. What I've learned - I will share with you.

All questions and comments shall be answered so feel free to voice your thoughts!

At first I sketch the shape and plan whole composition (actually there was some planning to that, there really was). Well, I will probably, one day, paint more decent still life, as for now I just use what I find in my fridge :D As for the background I painted it violet without thinking (cause why not?). I used big, round and soft brush. Then I sketch some shadows with thought that they will change later and add some color to the garlic itself. Some beige it is, splendid.

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That peel and single clove are also painted a little bit and then I start to play with details. I change my brush to hard and small one, because this picture isn't big and even if I make my soft brush super small I am still unable to paint hard edges... And as you probably noticed at this point I rarely change my brush, it seems to put me off my work and I loose concentration. Ekhem, back to the garlic, I play with colors, adding even some violet to the shadows. It's crucial to preserve contrast with the background so when I paint some light edge on the garlic - I darken the background a little bit and if I paint some dark edge - I lighten it. And so, after countless spots, dots and lines, garlic starts to look like garlic.

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I move even deeper into the detail and start drawing crack on the garlic's shuck. The inside is painted with dark, but warm color (meaning - more red than blue), edges are highlighted with white. Darker areas on the whole object are painted with soft brush, so I won't need to soften any edges between lights and shadows. While painting the bottom part I yet again focus on contrasts with background and add some deeper shadow. On the end I realise I overdid it and my garlic started to levitate - well, nothing you cannot fix with some light violet and soft round brush ;)

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While painting the peel I use hard brush to add edges and after that I am too lazy to change my brush into softer one again. I paint everything with hard one and after that smooth transitions with smudge tool, very handy thing.

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Peel and it's shadow is finally finished. Whole picture actually is. But after looking at it for quite a while I find it deadly boring and I add a kitten behind it. Everyone likes kittens, right?.. Second picture is kitten's face in 100% zoom. As you can see, he's really small..!

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After some minor touch ups I add my signature and that's it! Garlic is ready! :)