First I am painting the symbol from the middle out to the exterior . This root symbol is located on the figure base so I have to be careful to preserve the image of the figure in the background. No opaque painting allowed. In order to the keep the figure separate from the background I drop brushfuls of red into the ray background, to emphasize the outline of the figure. Finally I add darker values to retain the leg edges on the interior behind the symbol and also add shadow darkness to the symbols to keep them from looking too flat.