For the painting, Gigantoraptor, I start with a sheet of Arches print paper, prepared with 3 coats of black gesso. Then I lay out the drawing using a gray Prismacolor pencil and I block in the flat background color using a palette knife. I like the chunkiness of this backdrop. Then here comes my favorite part! I block in the masses of the head, focusing on the structure, leaving out the details.