Stonehenge is a favorite paper for cp people. The one thing that may take some getting used to is that it really needs a light touch or you can end up with lines gouged into the surface that are almost impossibly to hide. Now, that can work *great* if you're laying in whiskers or something like that.
Good luck & can't wait to see some of your art!
Great questions, Carbon
You mean make it look like a carbon drawing & check the values? Ahh interesting! How did ppl draw without a PC?! LOL
Wellll... they used a handy little tool called a Value Finder
. Or you can make your own less-fancy version by taking a smallish piece of white paper (like an index card) & use a hole punch to make a hole in the middle. You can then set the card over your drawing to isolate an area, then move it to your ref to see what's happening. But yes, letting a computer do it for you is *much* easier!
Let me know if you'd like me to pull your image into photoshop to do it for you.
Standing back & squinting at your work is another good trick. Or looking at it in a low-light situation. Low light is especially good if you're having trouble getting your values dark enough.
I just bought a book of Canson 220 gsm "C" a grain A3 sketch paper, that would be better? More tooth so I can make the beans darker? The black one in particular is "grainy" inspite of blending it. I'm guessing it's the paper.
I'd say your guess is right.
More tooth = more layers = more dynamic colors = a better range in values = more realistic finished piece.
In that case how do I transfer my sandy girl to the Canson? With tracing paper? I have never used it and I don't have any, I'd proably use non-stick baking paper! Or I'll just free hand it across while she's still fesh in my mind.
My favorite way to transfer my line drawings is to trace. This only works on white (or very pale colored) paper, though. Tape the line drawing to the *back* of the paper you intend to use for your finished piece. Then use a lightbox (if you have one) or a bright window. I like to keep the line drawing taped to the back until I'm done. That way, if something seems to be going wrong, I can easily go back to my lightbox (or window) and check to see if I've gone off the map without having to try to line the dang thing up again.
There are other methods of transferring, so check in the library for those threads.
As far as the sand is concerned, don't think about each & every grain... get the values in, then worry about the details. It's possible to stipple with cp, and that may be a good way to go when you're ready to get the crumbly bits around her. Practice bits & test swatches before you dive in!
My best suggestion for the skin tones is to read through some of the portrait wip's in the library, and then start with color swatches & experiments.
You're up to the challenge.