Here’s Mick after more work. Once I finished putting the patterns on the rest of the fabric pieces and adding more shading and highlighting to better indicate the folds in the quilt, I turned my attention to Mick.
I find ginger cats difficult in terms of their color. Too red? Too orange? Too yellow? Too brown? Too gray? It just seems to go back and forth as I add more color.
This is a challenging piece, but then I knew that when I started. And I must admit I’m enjoying it despite the problems.
I need to find better highlight and shadow colors for the quilt. My first pass was simply glazes of white and brown but I think the white is too cool.
When I did my value sketch I kept a very light highlight on his back and liked it. But I think it might be confusing where the highlight ends and the markings begin – for example the light stripes on the hip are markings whereas the light area above and to the left of it is a highlight. I think I’ll put the painting up by the tv tonight and take a good look at it.