These two are now complete along with a hint of St. Cuthbert's cave in the background which I used to my advantage: I placed the lighter rock behind the Rottweiler/lurcher's dark head and the blackness of the cave opening behind the collie with the lighter fur. I used the shadow in the rock to contrast the lighter reflections on the top of Tolley's head so the background has served to enhance both dogs. The amount of pastel dust built up on the surfaces of my studio with this one has been epic and I'm desperate to get it framed so there's no chance of it smudging. I'm pleased with it though!
Merry Christmas (again)
4 months ago