Here they are finished and ready to be matted! (As with all my pics, you can click on the image to enlarge them.) I opted to go with a blank background that dealt only with the light source and shadows that were created. Shadows add so much to the dimension of a drawing. I just love the impact that they have on pushing the subjects forward.
Although this is a terribly bright photo, I had to take a quick pic of these two that I matted for the purpose of protection on their travels home. I am in love with black core mats. Bristol, although very light, is far from being white. The black core of the mat brightens up the Bristol by kicking up the highlights and bringing out the darks.
Well, "graphite" Bella and Chester are in their new home now and are awaiting the moment to be given as a birthday present. It almost seems like stillness has fallen over my house, since the excitement of final touch ups and delivery are over. I took a moment before writing this entry and read back through the posts on the creation of these two. I laugh at how much was happening in my life while this commission was taking shape. It has been quite a journey... :)