Hi! Today I finished the second imago of Melitaea didyma. In the next few photos you will see the progress.
I started with very pale wash of Naples Yellow Deep and added some orange parts with Translucent Orange and Hansa Yellow Medium.
Here I added some shadows. I mixed French Ultramarine with Naples Yellow Deep.
Before I laid down the blacks on the butterfly's wings I had painted his head and body. Here I used white tempera mixed with various watercolor paints to paint hairs. At the bottom part of the body I used beautiful mix of Phthalo Blue Green Shade with Cobalt Turquoise Light.
Finally, I used my black (Perylene Green + Pyrrol Crimson) to paint dark patterns.
Now the whole painting looks like this. So only the flower on which the butterfly sits lasts.