Sneaking up on bolder color, while still a bit realistic, is what this picture turned out to be. I did the first picture, below, and felt it was kind of blah, even though I tried to add color to it. So I let it sit on the easel a bit and then reworked it adding in more color. I was using some craft paint, and even though it looked quite bright when I put it on, it sank into the mat board I guess, even though I had a layer of black first, but for whatever reason the color just melted away once it was dry.
Even though the primary reason to rework was to add some color, I am happier with the horns and face of the bull. Oh yes, I learn all this trivia, an elk mature male is a bull, while a deer is a buck, and a moose is also a bull. Know you will sleep better tonight knowing that distinction.
Anyway, thanks, as always for stopping by and taking a look.