I just started reading a biography of Leonardo daVinci. It is very interesting but, in conjunction with my goal of experimenting with watercolor every day, it is intimidating.
I began today’s experiment with dry brush strokes of quinacridone rust on paper with rough texture. I proceeded with short, choppy brushstrokes, blending with yellow and blue, on either side, contrasting with purple on the outer edge. On the inner convexity, I used orange with a dark blue slash for the reptilian eye. This was an experiment in texture and contrast.
daVinci would have used drypoint on tinted paper, outlining each scale with lifelike precision, backward cross-hatching to capture the light.