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Ice has more than a decade of experience as an illustrator of children’s books and as an accomplished artist, with an emphasis on painting. Edgy animals with human attributes are the stars of her illustrations and paintings. As a member of a gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and a frequent exhibitor in multiple galleries throughout the USA, her love of all things arty continues to grow. C. received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. 32 PAINT IT acrylics Bring out your inner artist by picking up a paintbrush!

7 30 8 9 10 11 10 Continue layering orange paint of various shades and tones until the tiger is completely painted. Go back and adjust the paint where necessary. Add light strokes of white paint to mimic layers of fur. 11 Paint the tiger’s eyes and nose. Start with the dark pupil. Add colour in layers to give the eye a more life-like feel. 12 Use a liner brush to paint the tiger’s whiskers. html Do you want to know more about painting with acrylics? This website gives you a step-by-step guide. html Which is the best brush to use for acrylic paints?

The two thumbnails should have different focal points and values. 3 Draw the picture of the tiger onto tracing paper. Try to capture the values chosen in the thumbnail. continued on next page 29 5 Masonite board, also called hardboard, is made from pressurized wood fibres. For best results, masonite needs to be primed before use. The board in this project was primed with cream paint. The cream makes the tiger’s white fur look great. 4 Turn the tracing paper over. Rub the back of the paper with an even layer of graphite.

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