So okay: here is the long-overdue blog post I've been going to share for the past two weeks. Lately it seems as if there has been alot of life-conspiring-to-keep-me-away-from-the-drawing-table going on. Thankfully though things appear to be on the up-tick, and just in the nick of time: this piece and another I'm about to begin are both under deadlines.
Though some areas of the dark horse are not fully developed yet, I needed to move on to the pale horse and take a break from all of that indigo, black grape, and dark cool grey. The lightest tones and details are being laid in over a yellow ochre base, and I'm finding myself struggling with a familiar nemesis..........this being my tendency to attempt to put in every singledetail, rather than to suggest the details. The suggestion of detail can be especially important as the image recedes from the eye, calling for less detail and softer edges. I've already reworked areas of the pale horse in which I placed far too many individual hairs of the horse's coat. This 'artistic character defect' of sorts, has proven to be a stubborn one -- and one I keep having to revisit and work on with each drawing.