Hi, thanks everyone for your interest in my work!!!
For larger work like this one I work from my loungeroom wall. I don't like using easels as they are bulky. My spareroom houses my paintings but all my work is done in my loungeroom either on the wall or at the computer desk. If I didn't work this way I probably wouldn't get anything done! My kids rule me!!!
At the start of all my projects I tend to struggle and doubt myself. It's only when things start coming together that I begin to feel better about it. I find I stumble my way through things and I learn as I go.
I should also say that I am very light handed with my work which is probably why Canson works for me. I only tend to apply thicker once areas are established.
To start with I have decided to do the background and work from dark to light, and from left to right. It's easier to work ontop of the background rather than add it last. I begin by colouring a layer or 2 of grey and rubbing it in, then working in some black and a little off-white. I also begin shading in some of the dark areas of the kitty's ear and head and underneath him, and have added some off-white to his ear.
This second image shows that I have worked underneath the kitty some and added some more grey to the top of his head. I have also started to introduce some black into the ear area.
If I am having trouble with an area I just move onto somewhere else and go back to it later. I like to work an area at a time, but I have never completely finished a certain area until the painting is finished because I see something new each time I work on it.
These next two images show how I have worked over and over again on the same areas. I am building things up and trying to get a likeness to the ref. I apply my pencils just like fur, stroke after stroke.
This image shows where I am at now. I have started to move on to other areas by creating the shadows with the grey. I always work from medium to dark and medium to light.
Hope to share some more progress soon ....