The sketch: Proud to say I did not trace the photo from the magazine I used as a reference. The perspective is a bit off, but that doesn’t bother me so much.
The whites: The photo was used because I liked the lighting and wanted to practice preserving whites. At first I was tempted to use frisket, but I decided to handle the whites without masking fluid, and feel that part of this was somewhat of a success for a beginner such as myself.
The paper: This was painted on inexpensive, Canson cold press (on sale at A.C. Moore). The good news is the paper doesn’t hold up well to laying down lots of water and color – which I tend to do (working too fast, too wet) – so I should ease up and get a little more disciplined in this area (I hope), in due time.
Onto the next thing …