I went to see the hand doctor today and the report was all good. He was pleased with the healing’s progress and said most likely I could get rid of the splint in 2-3 weeks. But since he is out of the office between Christmas and New Years, I’m guessing it will be three weeks. I don’t think I am making that decision on my own. I have been using my freed thumb and 2 fingers with some care not to overload my hand. It’s harder than it might seem because if I can grab it with those fingers, the tendency is to lift with it and that’s not a good idea quite yet. Even so, I managed to get quite a lot done over the last few days.
I drew, inked and colored this cute little commission in record time. Because it needed to get out in time to be a Christmas gift, I had to compress my normal work schedule to one day for each phase. I still want to leave a night between each because I truly need to get away to see it clearly. Today I packaged and sent it off. I kind of like the way it turned out and I hope they do too.
Someone asked me earlier about the fixatives I use and I actually managed to remember to bring them to the computer with me. I most often use Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating #1303. It provides a gloss finish that pops the firm pastel colors for me. I first clean up the drawing and the borders with my eraser because it is not a workable fixative and then spray a light coating to enhance the colors. I know that this a permanent fixative that is supposed to be a final coat but I have colored between coats and artwork that I did 20 years ago still look fine. I don’t overdo the spray and usually I am just adding some colored pencil or topcoat of pastel and little bit more ink. The drawing is already 90% done by this time and I am just adding shadows and reworking the ink detail. On occasion I have used Krylon workable fixative #1306 but it doesn’t pop the colors in quite the same way even if I later use the 1303 to make the final seal. I always use it outside and let it air out there for about 10-15 minutes because it is truly noxious when first sprayed.