Since starting this head a day painting exercise about a month or two ago, I have painted the heads in greyscale or a single color. This is my first full color portrait in the series. It is of one of my favorite reptiles, the alligator. After seeing these awesome creatures at my local (as in a hour away :O) zoo, I just cant stop drawing them. The first thing I realized about gators is that there is no green in the alligators scales ( the green on the alligator’s chin and neck in this painting is actually bounce light from the grass below him) and how the scales are more of a brownish blue/gray color. I painted the teeth last. It was amazing how friendly the alligator looked without his teeth. After painting the teeth however, well lets just say I would be keeping my distance. Did you know the muscles in a alligators jaws to open it’s mouth are so week that a person could hold the mouth closed single handed without any effort? However the muscle to close it’s mouth are as strong as a vice. One thing is for certain… I won’t be trying it.
Painted in Artrage
Time Spent on Painting: 1 hour
Copyright 2013 Maugryph
The reference image I used is: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Florida_alligator.jpg