I worked mostly on the dog portrait this week. I fiddled around for a long time on the pencil up because the pictures were not the clearest, but I think it turned out well. Black portraiture is so hard for me. Too little of the black and the subject looks grey. Too much and it’s all shadows and little delineation. Consequently, I was hesitant to start with the watercoloring. I am sure glad that I did those black cat portraits a few months ago. Finally, I just dove in. Fortunately, the picture had the added interest of the scarf to lighten all of that black. She said it was one of her favorite pictures and I can see why. I do use a small grid for the pencil up accuracy and then do most of the inking with a loose, light touch. When I am satisfied that there is enough delineation, I remove the grid so I can see the photo better and I erase the pencil guidelines. I rapidly add the watercolors, mostly daubing splotches here and there until I am satisfied that the essence of the animal is there. I don’t want to over do it and suddenly make it into a photo like representation. I’m not good enough for that. Light and loose seems to work the best for me in this case. Next up is the office building. She finally got back with a few more photos and details and I am inking it up now.