Stage 07 – Tidying Up

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 28, 2020

This is it – the final stage of the Masterpiece; the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of patience, dedication, and precision. Cardnell: As well as numerous small adjustments to the picture, four significant alterations were applied to enhance. These are listed below, in tandem with the annotated image: To scale correctly, the thin-water ‘lattice’…

Stage 06.1 – Finishing the Sky

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 21, 2020

Cardnell: Prior to the annotated image, I did considerable work on the sky and A LOT of work on seabed highlights from the horizon to the beginning of the ‘lattices’.  This general area is the most time-consuming, requiring the most brushstrokes per unit area. That said, it’s all looking pretty authentic as well as clean…

Stage 05.2 – Corrections & Enhancements

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 19, 2020

To the viewer’s eye, Cardnell’s Masterpiece very well could have been complete in Stage 05.1, or even Stage 04.3. To the master himself, however, there are two more stages to come before completion. The following two stages of infinitesimal perfections and details further illustrate Cardnell’s uncompromising dedication to the art, and solidify him as the…

Stage 05.1 – A Cloud Is Not Just A Cloud

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 14, 2020

Cardnell: I have had another run into 3am and then again more work this morning. Five thousand more micro brushstrokes into sea last night and around the area of the horizon.  The work I’ve done on the clouds has really started to make them look as if they’re passing over your head. To most people,…

Stages 04.2 – Bringing The Seabed to Life; and 04.3 – “Laying Out The Pin-Sharp Seabed Highlights”

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 12, 2020

Bringing The Seabed to Life Cardnell: I now have 10 roughed in Bonefish swimming out from the bottom left hand corner of the canvas stretching upwards in a teardrop pattern to a line horizontal to the far edge of the sand of the first mangrove cluster. Whilst I’ve rendered the furthest Bones indistinct I’ve not yet…

Stage 04.1 – Bringing the Composition to Life

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 7, 2020

Another unique aspect to Cardnell’s approach to Sporting Art is the size at which he is willing to work. He is not afraid to create an image on a grand scale and feels, in doing so, he can bring the viewer into the image and make the viewer feel as if he or she is…

Stages 03.2 Cont’d – Graphite Angler & Guide Composition; and 03.3 – Explaining Seabed Details

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | February 4, 2020

Graphite Angler & Guide Composition Cardnell: Head buzzing so got up and started painting at about 2:30 AM.  Now 4:30 AM here but I’ve just finished some research. FINALLY!  Got the perfect stance on each player! I had a doze after my research and have now roughed-out a pencil study based on what I found.…

Stage 03.2 – More Clouds and Production Plan

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | January 31, 2020

More Clouds Cardnell: Please note that I have only worked on the clouds. I’m quite happy with the result so far.  So much so that I expect Stage 04 to see this part of the composition complete.  At the moment it is not my intention to add any more significant cloud-clusters but just to adjust…

Stage 03.1 – Reworking The Sky

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | January 28, 2020

The element of reality is as fundamental to Cardnell as the canvas is to the existence of a painting. That which would be seen in reality, especially in terms of linear perspective, is one of the many elements of a work over which the artist may study and deliberate for hours on end. This is…

Stage 02.3 – Moving on from The Seabed

By Sportsman's Palette, Inc. | January 24, 2020

Cardnell: After what must have been 20,000 brush strokes, I believe I’ve taken Stage 02 as far as I can and now will move on to Stage 03. As you can see in this Stage, I have taken the paint almost to the bottom of the left hand corner.  This I have left un-overpainted while…