We have been having the most beautiful weather this week, including today-- my birthday. ;) I have been able to open the door to my little studio and work away without a fan drying out my eyes. It has been such a pleasure spending time finding my way thru the maze of an infant's face. Drawing is tied with walking as a stress reliever in my life... very therapeutic.
Here is quick look at the progress on my attempt at a baby portrait. My initial shading began on the ear... HUGE mistake. It was reminiscent of starting on the nose of Anne. So right away, I switched my attention to the eye. By picking the darkest spot on his face, it has set the tone for the rest of the shading.
I am finding that infant skin does not require as much mapping as compared to an adults. But with less mapping comes the challenge of making the subtle transitions show up but not overwhelm the features-- or worse, make the skin do some unusual caving or projecting outward. It has been an enjoyable process to work with a new type of subject matter. His hair makes me a little nervous, since it is very light. So, I am heading in that direction next. :)