|BALD EAGLE EYE DETAIL|
The eagle is starting to shape up nicely. Today I chose some of the colors for the beak, and waffled between Hensa Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Medium. After experimenting directly on the painting, I chose the Cad. Yellow. It has a warmer feel about it. I also chose Cadmium Red Light to mix my gold and oranges with and did the first layering of color to build up the shadows.
I completed the eye immediately. If I don't get the eye right, the whole painting has to be scrapped. I wanted to get the sharp alertness that an eagle has, and that beautiful golden glow and depth. I will tweak it at the end of the painting, but for the most part, it is done.
I continue to adjust the sketch as I go along. This session I noticed a problem with the beak, and 'fixed' it with the charcoal first. I use the soft charcoal because I can wipe it off easily and redo over and over and over, until I get it right.
I mixed my own black for the eye and shadows on the bird. My mix: Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Hunter Green, and Raw Sienna.