Well its been such a nasty day weatherwise we haven't felt like walking or doing anything outdoors.
I started this portrait today.
Originally I was going to work in graphite pencil on Mellotex paper but following a recent 'discussion' with fellow Blogger Laura Hardie about using coloured pencils on Canson Mi Teinte paper I rooted out my Canson pack that hasn't seen the light of day for a couple of years (I got disenchanted with the paper after discovering Pastelmat and Fisher 400 which I much prefer).
So I thought I'd have a play on an off-white shade of Mi Teinte and give the drawing a sepia look. The paper isn't quite as dark as it looks here (joys of photographing under artificial light). This is where I left off when it got dark (about 4pm).
Jury is still out but I'm enjoying it so far. I am 'colouring' the background also so it looks a bit disjointed just now. If I mess up, then its back to Graphite - I don't have to have it finished till mid-January so there's time to change my mind.
I'm using a selection of coloured pencils - Derwent Studio, Van Gogh and Caran D'ache Prismalos because these are slightly harder than the Prismacolors and I hope they won't 'soak into' the paper as much - which is the problem I was discussing with Laura. So far, so good!
The next 'human' portrait has 5 subjects so will be a real challenge. I'm just waiting to hear whether my client wants to change the photo of one of the subjects so we can settle on the composition. That will be one for after the holidays!
So have a brilliant holiday everyone :-)