I wanted a small project to work on last week because I was having super bowl company for the weekend, so I pulled out a few animal reference photos and selected these two.
When I started the polar bear I forgot to put on the frisket so he is a little texturally different than the others. It turned out okay but doing this made me realize that I like the effect that the frisket gives. I did apply it before I put on the watercolor, but it does seem to make a difference to use it with the prior penwork. I went back and added some more ink to improve the black/white balance around the bear.
I don’t particularily like the heads on either one of these, but the squirrel’s head seems a little bit more off to me. When I look at it, it seems too small. Afterwards, I went and added in some more background and fur ink to the squirrel too.