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Or so they say. I was just thinking that when I started these rhino's, I thought there wasn't too much detail in the skin, but having to do every millimetre of their bodies with a fine brush, I've changed my mind. The more detail you can provide, the more realistic the painting (if that's what you're after of course).
I think it's important to keep up your drawing skills to help with your paintings. Not only does practice help to make you a faster and better drawer, it also teaches you a lot about tone and composition.
Well, that's one head finished. I'm only using Burnt Sienna for the mud and Burnt Sienna with a bit of Ultramarine Blue to make the grey. Shadows just require a bit more of the blue in the mix. This is definitely what you call using a "limited palette".
At last I have started painting one of the rhino's heads. I took this photo at Australia Zoo a while ago, and changed the background to look like it was in Africa. These two are quite young here and don't have the deep wrinkles and deeply marked skin as the older ones get. So, in some ways, they are much easier to paint. The tricky bit is that they had just rolled in some mud, so they are half grey and half Burnt Sienna!