Shouldn't complain as its nice to have visitors .... but I did lose another couple of hours working time today when a friend popped round. Seems lots of people want to have a chat with us before we head off to India. I also had to get involved with the Kitchen man this morning as he wanted us to make choices re. worksurfaces etc.
Luckily, as I'm working in graphite its not so critical when I lose what few hours of daylight we manage to get at the moment, but it does mean I can't get decent progress photos of my drawing. This was taken with flash which really drained all the detail ... I've tried to manipulate it in PSE but the contrasts are now a bit strong ... never mind, just to prove I have been busy.
Its taking an age to get the chair this dark - lots of cross hatching and then tiny dots/circles on top in 7B and 8B pencils, but once that's done I'll be able to go back and adjust the skin/hair tones etc. Then I'll need some guidance from my client as to whether I'm being unkind or too nice re. 'laughter lines' etc .... One of the problems with working 'close up' from high res photos is that everything is very visible - each line or pimple and I try to err on the side of caution unless advised otherwise! I've done a bit of work on the hands but they need a lot more work, as does the tie ...
I'm working on bright white Mellotex paper, the dingy grey appearance here is due to photographing it in poor light, using flash.
We're working at Pilgrims Hospice tomorrow so won't be working on this again till Thursday.