it is on a piece of 300# hot press fabriano artistico paper measuring about13"X10". after drawing the face i proceeded with a fairly typical approach to painting it, at least for me.
choosing manganese blue nova, vermillion, and raw sienna as the basic palette, i entirely covered the figure with about a 10% variegated wash and spilled out into the background to attach it to the sides of the painting in about 3 different places. i like to get some cool colors on the forehead and warm colors in the middle of the face (cheeks and nose). this painting across lines also lent a air of spontaneity. i used a largish squirrel quill brush for this wash.
|tatanka iyotanka, redux (wip)|
with the feather, after putting a bit of light warm color on it, i described the body with negative and positive shapes of cerulean/raw sienna/alizarin crimson. the tip was the same fub/ burnt sienna mix. putting more pigment on the hair described not only the sides of the face, but also the braids. i softened the edges of hair/face juncture on the shadow side. the rest of the hair was a mixture of mineral violet, fub, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, darker on the shadow side and pulled into the light with a damp clean brush (being careful to preserve the light of the binding thongs).
here is the wip of this painting at the time i finished working on it yesterday afternoon.