Tiger Painting – Bringing him to life – adding the details

Before I can add details I need a nice dark layer to work over, otherwise the lighter details would never show up.

To get this dark layer I cover the Tiger with a thin coat of painting medium, the use a dark colour mix like Burnt Umber, Ultra Marine Blue etc then brush it in to the wet medium.

tiger oil paintings

When the dark layer is dry I once again cover the surface with a thin coat of medium, but this time I am using it to help my brash marks slip on the canvas.

This is the 1st layer of proper details, there will be a few more layers before I am satisfied with the details.

tiger paintings