I decided to work on a monochrome Neil Gaiman watercolour portrait, and I remembered to take progress photos for a change.
The initial sketch was done with a Faber Castell 9000 2H on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper.
Then I did some light initial shading (I use Schmincke watercolours):
This is with most of the work done:
Final pass, differentiating more between light and dark:
Bought these at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, which is not what it used to be (a fantastic secondhand bookstore), and has lost a great deal of its character and charm (no more wishing well), but still stamps books. For the sake of nostalgia I bought these there. Ali Smith’s “Autumn” was a delight, and I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any Bryson yet, but I have heard good things about him.
As for the last pile, Neil Gaiman’s “Art Matters” is a lovely little book, excellent as a gift, and the illustrations are magnificent. The rest still await for me to finish reading Ann Leckie’s “Ancillary Sword“.