(Continued from yesterday)
This step was a 3-part process.
PART A - I painted in all the solid base colors. I used dark MIDNIGHT BLUE for all the black stuff like his hat and the flag. I never use black because it makes things ugly and dirty and unnatural, and it sucks all the light away like a black hole. I didn't want to paint over all the details in his face so I left just enough gaps to indicate where the wrinkles were. I let this dry. This is probably the most mindless and boring step. When this step was finished I was happy.
PART B - After I painted his crow's nest brown, I used the MIDNIGHT BLUE for the lettering on the side. Also I used that color to draw fine lines to indicate the individual planks of wood. I let that dry.
PART C - I mixed MIDNIGHT BLUE with water (about half and half) and brushed grain lines into the planks of wood. While I had this thinned dark blue mixture I feathered out his beard on the edges. I let everything dry over night.