STEP by STEP – day 1 prep

Figured it was time to do another step by step process. This is the smallest canvas I've worked on in a while (24" x 36"), and I'm starting much like I do for every piece. Because of the relatively small area, I'm composing things a little differently, with the figure much bigger on the canvas than I would on a larger piece. something about a small canvas makes me want to really crop in tight and not leave too much background showing. So, after stretching the canvas to near breaking, i'll sketch out my figure, seal the sketch with Crystal Clear, and apply a tint; this time a thin mixture of gamsol, burnt umber, cad. red, and burnt sienna. Once that dries, I'm ready to go... day 1 face painting to follow.