I do not wish to cover the whole board with paint, but rather want some of the rough wood to show when I'm done. For this reason, I do not start by preparing my surface with gesso.
I start with black and also mix a grey with the black and mixing white.
I add a bit of blue to both colours to liven up the black.
I start with the darkest shade on the left of my boards.
I then mix a lighter grey.
I cover the rest of the board with this lighter shade.
I use Titanium White because it is completely opaque.
I paint the chicken in rough brush strokes.
I then paint the red areas surrounding the face.
I do not like how dark the red is against the background. I therefore opt to turn the background white.
I paint over the red with Titanium White.
As I wait for the face area to dry, I add definition to the feathers, using white.
I add even more definition with a rigger brush and black paint.
I then go back to paint the facial area red again.
I pain the beak yellow.
I add black shadow areas.
I add orange highlights.
Then I define the face with more white.
When I look at the rooster the next day, I realize that some of the shadow areas on the face need to be fixed.
The completed painting.
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