So I’m almost there on the background and it’s been so much fun.  I love soft edges and muted backgrounds.  They’re a challenge in and of themselves although the fur on the wolf is going to be a lot of work as well.  When creating soft edges like this one, it’s very important to leave what I call open edges and use a very sharp pencil with a very light touch.  This can often mean numerous layers to get the values you need but it’s well worth it.  I will devote a whole article to creating soft edges, bokeh and open edges so if you haven’t signed up for my monthly newsletter for all things Colored Pencil then go to my home page and subscribe.  Your information is confidential and I only send out my newsletters once a month.  Anything else will usually be published here.

Happy Painting!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” – Edward Degas


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