Tracy Verdugo Art

Let’s get started with our last video 🙂

Music: Green Leaves by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license

In these last tutorials we will begin to think more about adding a narrative to our work, story telling with our art, and finding our unique voice.

Things to think about:

  • Take unrelated objects and put them together in a new way- eg. a physical item from around the home with a found image.
  • In the first project I use a found image of a panda as reference and combine it with a papermache piece of watermelon made years ago in one of my kids classes.
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  • When laying down an initial sketch use a light hand and feel your way around the drawing looking at individual shapes and how they interact and where they intersect.
  • Lay down the darks first with Paynes Grey acrylic ink. Use water to dilute the ink in areas for variation or lift with a paper towel or a wet brush to describe highlighted areas within the darks.
  • Use your bamboo skewer to pull out scribbly areas on ink to describe the fur.
  • Lay in a darker undertone to the rest of the body which will give depth to the white fur. I use a mix of antelope brown and Indian yellow.
  • Accidents can be helpful at times! In this video I find that parts of the Paynes grey areas are still slightly wet and bleed into the gold. I realise that this actually gives me more dimension and form and use it to my advantage.
  • This little guy is looking very relaxed and content. I decide to place him in a tropical environment. Where else might he be? Laying on an air mattress in the ocean, swinging in a hammock, on a picnic blanket in a field of sunflowers. The possibilities are endless!
  • White oil pastel can be used as a resist adding texture and interest. Here I use it to add in some stroked of fur, blades of grass and large background leaves.
  • Add in details with white gel pen and a darker pen. I use a black Uni ball vision elite pen.

Seeking Simplicity

In this sweet piece I choose a softer more gentle palette to tell a story. The colours used describe this floating ethereal little deer well. Take the time to explore different colour palettes to help you to feel and understand what lights you up inside <3

Tips: Our art process can be complicated, layered, diverse, complex, vibrant, moody, difficult to navigate, problematic OR sometimes we can slow down, take a deep breath and create more simplicity. Everything has its place.


Thank you so much for joining me for Animal Antics!!
I am honoured to be a part of your creative journey!!

Lot's of love, Tracy xox

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