"Lady with Turtle" 9x12 5B pencil on Strathmore sketchbook paper.
Now that I've got a little knowledge of composition, I thought I'd try making more complex studies when I'm ready to start a new painting, instead of my usual rough thumbnail. I like the way this one has ovals within ovals. The right leg was too strong a diagonal thrust, so I faded it out. This composition also has a lot of negative shapes that I like, and I'd like to explore that idea further in future.
Next time I do one of these I'll use cold press watercolor paper and a harder pencil. I love pencil, because I find it easy to improvise with shapes and images. Love erasing, too.
Sold this painting the other day. "Bubble Fairy" gouache on 5x7 illustration board.