I've put the guinea pigs down for a while as the coat colour is driving me crazy!!
So in the meantime, I am working two commissions at once. The first is the winner of the auction I was offering, the second is a friends dressage/show horse.
This has taken me around 4 hours to reach this point - greys are a tricky business!
And this has taken approximately 8 hours - blacks are also a tricky business!! Why??? Because black and white are two colours that make changes in tonal value when working in pastel very difficult to do, you can add too much colour and completely change the look of the subject, or not add enough colour and run the risk of presenting your client with a very 'flat' looking drawing. Hence why greys and blacks take me so long to finish. I am forced to work section by section, and applying up to 15 layers of pastel before I feel that I have enough depth to my work.
And yet again, my 'faithful' old camera has picked up all the yellow undertones in the grey, the original has a slightly more blue hue to it.
And the black, it has reflected off the pastel making it look brown/grey and with gaps in the pastel strokes.
Hell, am I EVER going to find the key to taking a good photo!!?
^I think both of them are looking really nice. I like how the grey one looks soft but not too blurry/smudgy. All in all, they are coming along very nicely!
A bit of a stupid question, what kind (and brands possibly) of pastels are you working with? I thought you were using pure dry pastels but some of your wips look eerily oilish... (In a good way!) Like half-pastels or something. :)
At the moment I haven't gone into much detail on either of them, I'm really just laying down my base coats at the moments and roughly filling in where I want the deep areas and highlights to be. Then I'll start going over and filling more fur detail in ;)
Kayhmk, no oils for me!! I think it may just be a combination of the camera photographing badly, and the very rough way I have of 'slapping' down those couple of base colours that gives an oils look. I work mainly in soft pastels (Rembrandt and Franchville), and pastel pencils (Derwent) for the detailed work :)