Tonight I worked on painting in the background. In previous paintings I’ve added the background at the end, and always ended up with quite solid blocks of colour; I wanted to try something a little different this time.
I wanted to get a feeling of depth of field by having a slightly out of focus appearance to the background. To achieve this, I used a kind of “dabbed” approach to applying the paint. Intentionally mixing slight variations of tone to give the impression of vegetation.
I also started working on some of the tiger fur. I wasn’t particularly happy with the initial colour mix, it’s a little green in the darker shadowed areas, which is a result of mixing black into the yellow and orange I’d started with. I suspect going forward I need to mix in a brown instead to darken the fur.