Some more progress on Shona's portrait today. I've decided I DO like the colour background 'as is' but obviously the final decision will rest with my client.
I'm having a little trouble with the brighter highlighted areas of her face as the pale pink and white pastels seem to disappear into the fabric of the pastelmat after a couple of hours (I'm sure its not my imagination)!! I believe pastelmat is a ground cork surface so perhaps it really does absorb the pastel ??
Has anybody else experienced this? Would a light spray of fixative help do you think?
I'm out for the day tomorrow (my Pilgrims Hospice eBay Office 'job') so won't be drawing ....