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I painted right over my value study, quickly laying in the picture’s local color (“local color” is the “average” color of an object). I took this quick digital snapshot and sent it to the zoo to include them in the process. Then I refined this little scale painting:
I followed the same procedure with the contemporary picture:
Again, this step was fast and crude. Then I refined it:
I sent jpegs of the two color studies to the zoo staff for their approval.
Their approval meant it was now time to start working on the full size murals.
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