The above painting came from using rice papers on the positive shapes in a painting, to add texture.
I began with a painting and blocked in all the forms I wanted to include, Much like how I began the painting in the previous post.
I covered the bull in torn strips of textured rice paper, working from bottom to top so the pieces would overlap like the hair on the bull would.
I painted the coat following the values I saw in the reference photo. Thank you to Wet Canvas for the reference.
To finish the bull, I glued more torn strips of rice papers on the head and painted them. I painted the light washes on the horns. I glued rice papers on the clumps of foliage behind and to one side of the bull for balance.
I finished the painting by painting the rice paper foliage and using india ink in the hair fibers and shadows on the bull.
This is a fairly long process because the artist works in steps and gives ample time for each step to dry in between. I liked this and will use it in future paintings where I want to increase texture.