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Working on tonal definition

After two and a half days mixing the ash into the five tones, and another four days of application I think this second attempt works better. There is more definition in the between the tones and therefore in the image to create detail that I need to be able to represent the 'hidden' fauna within the work.

Second trial of the first panel of a major work. This time with an alteration in the tonal variation to allow more details to come through, while still creating an aged and faded aesthetic. 

Second trial of the first panel of a major work. This time with an alteration in the tonal variation to allow more details to come through, while still creating an aged and faded aesthetic. 

First attempt at the panel on the right, second attempt on the left. You can see the difference in the tonal variation if you look at the details. 

First attempt at the panel on the right, second attempt on the left. You can see the difference in the tonal variation if you look at the details. 

It is a very subtle thing but if you look closely at the two Orange Bellied Parrots (one in the top left and one towards the bottom right of each panel) the definition is more apparent without being too obvious in the second, where as in the first the parrots where very hard to define, and the second parrot almost unrecognisable.

This segment is one part of nine so as the image progresses I will keep this blog updated on its progress.