Now that I have my drawing I am ready to add the initial washes.
I use a 3 and a 6 round sable brush, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue and my paper is Arches Hot Pressed 90lbs 100% rag.
Please click on the image below as it will come up nice and big and you can read what I did.
At this stage he doesn’t look too pretty or to coherent but when he dries thoroughly overnight I will be adding the further washes which will unify and warm him and then these blotchy blocks will form the underneath of his head structure and create form.
I add these cooler notes to off-set the warm siennas and to create a believable form with the warm and cool light plans. Any planes of his face that catch the warm light bounce or the green grass light bounce from the ground will be coloured accordingly.
Anything catching the blues of the sky will be painted blue or purple. See an example of this with this little zebra I painted. Her belly is warm red/orange reflecting the desert earth and on her shoulders is a swathe of blue to reflect the sky light.