9 x 12 coloured pencil
I knuckled down and completed this portrait over the last couple of days. There wasn't a lot in terms of updates that I could provide as it was mostly layering skin tones and refining shapes as I went along.
I will leave it for a couple of days to see if anything jumps out at me that needs adjustment. After that it gets a light spray of fixative, then sent off to its new home.
There are always lessons learned with each portrait that I do. For this, it was achieving that pale colouring without it looking too much like a chocolate box painting. The other lesson is in choosing the paper colour wisely. Too pale and the drawing fades into the colour, too dark and it impacts the skin tones. I choose a sand colour and it was too close to her colouring, so I added some contrast with purple and pink. As well it added some texture that helped bring her forward and not compete with the smooth skin.
Jan, from Pets to Posies was so kind as to give me an award! It always thrills me when someone thinks of me in this way. Thank you Jan! Big hug!
In return, I am supposed to name 7 things that I love.
1. I love my family and friends who are scattered across the country and the world.
2. I love coffee - anytime.
3. I love having the house all to myself.
4. I love napping on weekends.
5. I love lying in bed, reading.
6. I love twilight.
7. I love watching the ocean waves roar in on a stormy day.