Rainbow’s Shoulder came from an experiment with a more textured, emotional background, in contrast to the neutral tones used in other work.
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The approach allows more expressive use of colour, with the added burst of red adding drama to the otherwise plain backdrop. For the Badger itself, I opted for a technique involving white brush strokes as a base layer. Over that, I added a ‘glaze’ of various transparent colours to achieve the desired effect. So pleased was I with this effect, that I began using it more often, in other work. Take a look at Rainbow Hare #2 & Rainbow Hare #3, to see more vibrant examples. You could say that Rainbow’s Shoulder was a ‘successful prototype’!