Creating the Background: Step 1
Place tracing paper over the image and draw an abstract background.
AN ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Stage 2 in our parrot drawing is to create an abstract background.
TECHNIQUE: A piece of tracing paper was placed over our drawing and an abstract design, that loosely conforms to the shapes of the parrot, was sketched over it.
Creating the Background: Step 2
Trace and transfer the background onto a fresh sheet of paper.
TRANSFERRING THE BACKGROUND: The next step is to transfer the abstract background onto a fresh sheet of white paper.
TECHNIQUE: You transfer the background drawing by using a 'trace and transfer' technique.
Trace and Transfer Technique
- On the back of your tracing, draw over the lines of your background design using a soft grade pencil (grade B or 2B).
- Place the tracing with the soft grade pencil side down against the surface of a fresh sheet of white paper.
- Now draw over the lines on the tracing paper to transfer them onto the white sheet.
Creating the Background: Step 3
Paint the abstract background with 'parrot colors'
COLORING THE BACKGROUND: The final step in this stage of our parrot drawing is to paint the abstract background.
TECHNIQUE: The type of paint that we recommend you use is either designers gouache, which can be expensive, or the less expensive tempera discs commonly used in schools. Both these media are capable of creating a flat matt surface which best emphasizes the properties of color and shape. The colors for our background were chosen because they relate to the subject as they are all associated with the natural colors of the parrot's plumage.