Today I tried something different.
I’ve noticed my pencil sketches are alright – but that I tend to mess up when it comes to adding colour.
So, what I thought to do was maybe pencil in the colour at least the first layer before committing to paints. The choice I had was between watercolour pencils or the Polychromos pencils (I only have a few specially chosen for skin tone). I hadn’t used the Polychromos so I went with that; erased the pencil sketch to its lightest possible and laid down a rough shading of the mid tones.
This helped so much. I really have a fear of not getting paint down right so doing this really helped alleviate some of that.
I think I managed to stay close to the initial sketch this time AND stuck to the desired expression! It took a LOT of focus – something I haven’t been able to manage lately. Plus I work pretty slow so I should know better!