Painting the Elephant Bangle - Part 4

Painting the Elephant Bangle - Part 4

Published On: 05-11-2013 03:51am

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I started this series about painting an elephant bangle several months ago and intended to post a new entry once a week.  Unfortunately, my personal life went through an upheaval and I'm just now feeling ready to get back to this series. 

This is where Part 3 ended - the elephants had been blocked in:


In Part 4, shading and additional detail has been added.  I'm not going to write much in this entry, but will let the pictures tell the story. 


The big guy now has eyes!  I always feel like the subjects are starting to come to life once they have eyes.


Mama and the little one:


And, a few more of the other characters on the bangle along with a quarter being used as a reference for size and scale:



Here we are at the watering hole.  I posted this one in one of the earlier parts of the series and later decided I didn't like the trunk on one of the youngsters:


Using paint, I removed half of his trunk:


Here he is with a new trunk - I like this angle much better:


Starting to get picture bloated, so will stop here. 

If you'd like to see the series from the beginning here are links to the earlier parts of the series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Thanks for looking!  Stay tuned for Part 5 coming soon!

Reader's Comments

By JewelryArtByDawn on 05/23/2013 @ 02:53am

I'm kind of at a loss for words after reading all of your wonderful comments, so I'll just say a very heart felt thank you. Really appreciate all of you taking the time to look and to leave such kind words!

By bluemorningexpressions on 05/22/2013 @ 05:37pm

This is such a cool piece! I love the process you went through to capture the landscape and activities of the beasties. What a great bracelet. Thank you for sharing this. Julie and Blu I have shared.

By CardsbyLiBe on 05/19/2013 @ 01:32am

Goodness - what incredible work on this bracelet. You are so very talented. Lisa

By Guest on 05/18/2013 @ 02:06pm

Beautiful job Dawn! Have so enjoyed following the elephant bangle journey. Looking forward to part 5. Margaret.

By adorebynat on 05/18/2013 @ 03:25am

Dawn, you're such an amazing artist. I love seeing the process of you making the bangle, having the elephants slowy come to live. Looking forward to reading your next posts.

By craftingmemories on 05/18/2013 @ 12:14am

What a great blog. I love the step-by-step progress of the elephants. You did a wonderful job with the elephants and the bangle.

By Uniquelyhandmade on 05/16/2013 @ 07:11pm

Dawn, this is so neat to see the progression of the work by the artist! Beautiful colors and composition, such talent!

By EweniqueEssentials on 05/13/2013 @ 01:59pm

Just saw this post, and now I am very curious to go back and read the entire series of how your elephant bangle has come to life! Your artwork is so detailed, and it is fun to see the progression of the piece.

By luvncrafts on 05/12/2013 @ 08:48pm

Beautiful!! I draw stick people, so hand drawn or painted art always amazes me. You are doing a great job! It's neat to see the steps in the process!!

By CatsWire on 05/12/2013 @ 03:34pm

*happy sigh* Can't come back to the elephants often enough, Dawn. I remember eagerly awaiting each step when you first made them. An all-time favorite of mine!

By DesertCreations on 05/12/2013 @ 11:36am

Dawn, I must say WOW! I love the colors and the shading on this bangle. You really have a way with a paint brush. The detail and work you have put into this bangle is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I LOVE the new trunk on the baby elephant. Great choice to redo it. :)

By PebblesatmyFeet on 05/11/2013 @ 02:43pm

I love how your composition is perfect for a bracelet - anywhere the jewelry stops on your wrist you'll have a beautiful scene. The blog series is great...can't wait to view the next post.

By JewelryArtByDawn on 05/11/2013 @ 02:30pm

Thank you so much, Catherine and Anna! It's encouraging to know that people are enjoying following this series of blog posts. :)

By craftsofthepast on 05/11/2013 @ 01:49pm

This is worth a fortune! Just following the development of your wonderful naturalistic art is a pleasure. Those elephants are practically breathing. The expression on the big elephant is so engaging. Congratulations! I admire greatly those who can draw an apple; you can imagine how awed I am at someone who can make an elephant painting look alive. Anna

By ShadowDogDesigns on 05/11/2013 @ 04:14am

Dawn, you must have read my mind! I was thinking about the elephant bangle because I so enjoyed the process of how you went from blank bangle to well . . . fabulous elephants (: I am so amazed at your talent! Looking forward to the next installment.

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