I shared with you my process for doing the underpainting of the background scene, in my last post.
I will also do an underpainting over Odie’s figure to darken this very pale paper and give me a base color (“red Doberman color”). But I don’t want to lose my guiding sketch lines that will then be underneath the paint. The paint will be a wash (watercolor thinned with water), more transparent in some places, more opaque in others. The lines will still be there, but very faint, unless I make them more prominent. Which is what I’m doing here. Making my pencil guidelines much heavier, and also using them to start forming some of the shading and dark areas of detail in Odie.
The portrait will be trimmed on all 4 sides at the end. It won’t have these messy edges on the sky.