African Drums: Oil Painting Demo Step 4

Welcome to the Step 4 of the Oil Painting Demo of African Drums. These are drums which were used by an African Dance group during my Traditional Marriage ceremony in Nigeria. I was taken in by the beauty and versatility of the African Drums that I could not help but paint them.

Oil Painting- African Drums by Nkolika Anyabolu

I was able to make a lot of headway today. Should have taken several shots before this one but was carried away with the work.

I applied more Glazes of Ultramarine Blue to the background. Wiping off here and there to let the colours beneath show through.

For the clothes I applied an Acrylic under painting of Lemon yellow and then continued to work on it with Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow and Titanium White. Using magenta for the dark deeper tones.

Also started work on the drums. Applied an Acrylic under painting of Burnt Sienna. Then continued to build it up with oil paint (Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber). Used Titanium White for the lighter areas.

Oil Painting- African Drums by Nkolika Anyabolu

For the trousers I applied the paints thickly with a palette knife thus giving it an Impasto effect. Trying to leave the paints as raw as possible with minimal detail.

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