In the most recent photos of this drawing taken yesterday, I have been working my way up the pale horse's face, as well as developing the eye and surrounding area. Following my last post several days ago a good friend emailed me and asked, "Are you going to tonedown those eyelashes?? " (Emphasis is mine.)
The question immediately propelled me into completing the layering in the eye area. Upon doing this, I realized that Scottish artist Elizabeth McCrindle may have a good point. She describes that the correct development and placement of the eye(s) is very important to her, and can effect the successful execution of the remainder of the painting. Therefore she prefers to do this early in a painting's process. There was something about rendering the eye area that resulted in my feeling more engaged in what I was doing: the pale horse suddenly had a soul, and it energized me. Often my work has been somewhat methodical, beginning in one area and working my way across the surface: but I may follow Elizabeth's lead and make a point to draw in these 'windows to the soul' sooner than I may have chosen to before.
................Which causes me to consider -- how much I have learned over the past months by taking the time to read other artist's blogs! Increasingly I find too, as I've stated before, that I learn to draw simply by drawing.