"Mini" portrait in progress 4
Now working on the black hellebore flowers.
I'm adding colored pencil over the flat black watercolor wash I did in a previous step.
The pencils on the left are the ones I used to do the plant foliage. The ones on the right are what I’m using for the flowers. Many of the greys and all of the mauves have been moved from the “foliage” group over to the “flowers” group. The swatches to the left of the artwork show the “flower group" colors.
The hellebore flowers are all completed.
Mini herself is still just a flat black wash with space left for her gold eyes.
This close-up shows you the difference in the flowers when the colors and details of colored pencil are added over the flat black (grey) wash. This is the "before" pic.
That black wash was was laid down as an “underpainting” for the flowers in a previous step.
The next pic is the "after" pic. Flip between these two close-up pictures to see the difference.
The flowers come to life - really become 3-dimensional - when the colored pencil details are added!