Progress is a little slower now as I nit pick areas that aren't correct
and continue to increase the density of the shadows.
Here it is as it sits on my easel this afternoon.
There was a period yesterday when I didn't care for this painting much but now,
with a little more work and nit picking I am growing fonder of it. :)
To see how I got to this point read on after the break for a step by step description of the process.
This morning I took a closer look at the photograph of Prancer and saw some areas that were not correct. The front paw was too big and the mouth was way too dark and big.
I was on the borderline of overworking so I lifted some color with a stiff brush
from the too dark areas and did some negative painting around the paw.
I also started adding more detail to the eyes.
I added some more detail to the nose and mouth as well as blocked in the rest of the foreground area. I am thinking I will cut some of that off when I mat and frame the picture but there is no harm painting it in for now.
A tiny more detail in the face and continued trying to add some visual interest to the foreground. I also like the blue in the foreground and have been adding washes of ultramarine blue. I think it brings out the fur and the eyes nicely. I will add some more detail and then I will scratch out
more fine white hairs with my xacto knife as a last step.