Marcel about the painting proces: 'Before I start painting, the complete image is already in my head. The colour of the background, the composition, the way the different parts of the canvas will be filled in, the position of the animal... To be sure that the image will be perfect, I first draw a sketch on the computer.
Using this sketch, the right size of the canvas is fixed.
First the canvas is painted with three to four different layers of the same coloured paint, using a big brush. This tint will be the background of the final painting.
When the paint has dried, the wanted image is sketched with lead- pencil, considering the exact proportion. These contours are filled in with paint in the most dark colour of the animal.
Now a silhouette is born, which is necessary to avoid that the background colour is seen through the image of the animal. This dark tint also gives the upper layers a more intense colour.
When I start painting on the animal, I change my brush for a thinner one.
I always start with the eyes. Maybe it sounds strange, but by doing this the animal starts looking at me and I can feel contact between us. On this way I be able to depict the feelings of the animal as good as possible.
The next thing is the fur. Hair after hair, layer after layer and from dark to light. After a while you can see it becomes more voluminous.
In order to make the animal as realistic as possible, I use several photographs. From one I take the nose, from another the eyes and the ears to create my own 'perfect' animal.
When the image is finally realised, I watch it closely. Maybe there are some more hairs to be added. Some more accents in the way the light is pictured. Sometimes a shadow is painted.
And then -finally- after hours, days, weeks and with a large canvas months, the work looks finished. This is always a special moment and I'm always looking forward to start with a new project. The painting is removed from the easel and makes place for another new, empty canvas. The whole process starts again, always with one painting at a time.'
The making of 'Homesick' and 'Courage'
See how the paintings of Marcel Witte come to life. Hours, days, weeks and sometimes months of work, captured in just a few minutes.