Since oils can be opaque, I can begin by blocking in the background of red and black. I want a dramatic lion portrait. A few critical darks on his image added.
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Then, the beginnings of the eye helps me connect with the animal. He starts to live!
Then some blocked in golden yellow
Now adding further dimension/color variation. I am purposely going for the 'bad hair day look.
Some white added for highlights, movement, and contrast
and finally bits of red and more darks added in his mane and face.
I don't enjoy painting animals that look fierce so I am always looking on ways to create a calmer, maybe even stoic (?sp) look.
The original oil painting hangs in a private office in Anaheim Hills, Ca though I have had small giclees on fabric made for quilting. Printing on fabric done by Studio West of Anthem, AZ. They matched the richness of the oil painting on both cotton and silk. Incredible!! Google them and check them out.