My interview with Sarah was on Friday, that gave me 2 and half days to think about how I was going to go about the first painting in this series.
I went through my photos, deleted the ones I didn't like. Stared at the others. I had 2 opposite looks to choose from and finally decided which I would focus on. Played with the picture, cropping, adjusting, and finally came up with a composition I was happy with. And, so, off to the studio I went with my reference material.
So, first things first - what paper am I going to choose?
So, I had (from L-R) LaCarte, Wallis, and a purple sand paper... smoother than Wallis...
Well, I had never tried the purple brand before but really like the colour, it's a neutral purple - not too dark, not too cool.... I'm going with it!
Next, I draw out the picture in pencil on a sketching paper. I like this stage. It is the stage that I really familiarize myself with details, contours and tone. When I feel like I have enough information on this rough draft, I then transfer it to my sand paper.
When drawing the picture on the paper, I loose alot of detail. That is okay with me, as long as I get the proportions correct. The detail comes in the layering of the pastels. In this pic you can see the paper colour a little bit better also.
I was able to get the back ground colour started as well as some skin. I'm letting you have a 'sneak peak' at an arm there...
It's a good thing I made those cookies this morning, they'll go perfectly with a tea, and another visit to the studio tomorrow.
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