What I do

Begining to use colour

Blocking in
Using colour to establish the mass of the background
This next stage is accomplished using a large flat No 9 bristle brush. I suspect Chris would use black on this but I'm more comfortable with my "black" a mixture of Ultra Blue Burnt Sienna and a touch of Cad red. A little Yellow Ochre goes into the mix for the floor. The paint is not very wet since I don't want it to run into the leopard.