The Step by Step Stages of our Aboriginal X-Ray Painting
To help you understand the technique used for our painting, we have deconstructed its development in the form of a slide show. Once you see a step by step analysis of how the image was constructed, it may provide you with a model that you can adapt for your own ideas.
(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our painting.)
Key Stages of the Painting
- Start with a black sheet of paper, board or canvas.
- Outline the barramundi drawing with white color pencil or chalk.
- Cross-hatch the background with ‘rarrk’ using ochre colors – direction 1.
- Cross-hatch the background with ‘rarrk’ using ochre colors – direction 2.
- Paint in the interior of the barramundi with a light ochre color.
- Cross-hatch the interior with ‘rarrk’ using a lighter color – direction 1.
- Cross-hatch the interior with ‘rarrk’ using a darker color – direction 2.
- Paint in the organs of the barramundi with a deep red.
- Paint in the flesh, fins and bones with a light ochre color.
- It is important to leave some sections of the painting empty for areas of contrast.
- Outline and unify the entire image with a thin white line.
Many of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. For each of these we have created a step by step slide show to enhance your understanding of the technique and inspire new ideas of your own.