My eyes are on the eyes of the infant on the easel and Honey's eyes the next week and a half or more?
My soul-mate's second cataract operation is tomorrow so I'm on eye drop duty. Honey can't do eye drops to himself; he has an aversion to sticking his finger in his eye but none to me sticking a finger in his eyes. We have four sessions on the agenda today. Tomorrow eight and then progressively less and less sessions till our eye drop crazy opthomologist is satisfied. April has definitely been Eye Health Awareness Month at our house.
Happy with my infant's hands, I'm now carefully, slow-dancing around his facial features. I discolored the photograph deliberately so you can see where I'm going into his mouth with that newborn sucking lip coloration, his flattened wide nose and his swollen shut eyes from the birth ordeal and eye drops they give newborns. The upper eye that you see, is slightly open. In the reference photo, I can see the iris oh so slightly and I want to catch that. I want to catch that lip too. And his hairline is oh so soft and gentle that I've been blending and blending to get it believable. I'm using my tiniest brushes and lots of medium for more fluid lines. Doing a lot of scrumbling as well. God I hate that flash.
I have been working on the older boy's hands too. And yesterday, I was surprised to see the cradling arm was too short. I lengthened it and now need to rework those skin tones again.
It's so odd when you've used the grid system to lay out the drawing with pencil and then everything needs adjustment when you bring in the paint. The boy's arm was short about an inch!
I'm rounding the clubhouse gate though and given that I'm home on eyedrop duty I should finish with plenty of drying time between now and Mothers' Day. I still have to look up acceptable varnish periods. Dan Kent gave me a suggestion, but I forgot.