Work in Progress – Feb 6
This weekend I turned a corner on the picture, and hit the point where everything is drawn and I can focus on pushing in color and building value. The pattern on the pillow is still giving me trouble, but strangely the pattern in the sheets is coming together on its own. I decided to hit the piece with a layer of fixative before continuing work early today, because it was getting pretty waxy and difficult to see how dark some areas were. I’m always a little nervous about doing that too early, because the paper becomes slicker overall, but it seemed to work okay. I also encountered the usual paradox where my darks didn’t seem dark enough, but in actuality I needed to make all of my lights lighter.