My latest project I started in February! Note to self 18 x 24 is way too big for a colored pencil painting. But I rarely revue my notes. Top left is the original picture. It's the bustle of a child's Native American Regalia. I wanted this to be a little more abstract of details. Fat chance but we will see. You'll also notice I've changed the color scheme to be more vibrant. The Top right shows the undertones. Next blocking in of colors. Last a close up.
So the background on this picture always bothered me. It wasn't what I envisioned and looked washed out. Also it didn't give it the right feel. The day I took the picture was a sweltering hot day in Eureka Springs Arkansas. I wanted that hot day and subject matter to merge better. Since I didn't have my Icarus board http://icarusart.net/ at the time I thought I could get the feel I wanted using it to get a good rich background this picture deserved. It took several tries with colors to get the right combinations but I think I got it. Which do you like better and why?