I decided to start my own art journal in hopes that people can critique my piece as I go along. I am pretty sure I have screwed up already by doing the entire background first instead of sticking to the upper left corner to lower right corner rule in order to reduce smudging, but so far I am doing a very good job of keeping my hand off the paper. Though that may al change as I go into more detail on the horse. I purposefully kept the background simple, but I will do he best I can to make the horse pop out.
One thing I have noticed already is that blending washes out the intensity of color a lot. So my question for you pastel experts is, should I do any blending at all or just focus on many small precise strokes? I was thinking about doing an under layer of color and shading and blending that, then going back and adding more layers.
Any advice on layering/blending?
Also, is it fairly easy to cover a dark color with a light color for highlighting effects (sort of like acrylic paints)? Or do light colors not show up well over dark colors (lik water colors)?
Anyway, here is what I have completed so far.