pastel on PastelMat
Very happy with the way Briley is coming along. But very time consuming... the way the light glistens on his hairs. I am trying to produce that look. It is almost like doing pointillism, only with little lines instead of spots. Next I will lay the bridle on. I used to do the bridle and reins last. But then I would end up smearing the neck where I rest my hand. I use a mahl stick for some details. But when I have a lot of work, I find it more comfortable to be able to lay my hand down on the paper surface. I also sometimes tape a piece of tracing paper over the portion that I want to lay my hand on. But depending on how much work you are doing and how much pastel flaking you are getting, you end up with a line from the edge of your tracing paper. Its always something!