I penciled on the lines for the design and then lightly burned the breaks. I applied the paint pretty straight from the bottle on the wet surface to get the strongest color. I think those strong colors really bring out the softness of his face. Even the hat was painted straight but that too appears soft compared to the flag. The gold choker also amplifies the richness of the whole piece. Just my opinion.
I painted the hair a dark gray before dry brushing on the white. Instead of using Moroccan Red on the braid wraps I used straight Red Iron Oxide as I wanted a clear definition between those two red colors. The hat is Midnight Blue, shaded with black. I think the skin tones could be a little darker but overall everything seems to work so I'll leave it as it is. As I mentioned earlier the earrings are pounded brass painted gold.
The piece stands just over 15" with the base so it will be pretty impressive setting on the display stand or the Judges table. There are more photos in the Gallery and your comments are always welcome.