The lighting on this dreary day is not cooperating with my attempts at getting a clear pic, but it’s a quick update. I still have to do the muzzle and white, and all of the highlights (which are everywhere, and cast a soft white outline around her ears and shoulder, too) – especially her eyes. I always feel like the painting doesn’t come alive until these final touches are added, and can’t wait to finish this up in the next few days.
I softened the red background. The trick here was finding a color that would expose the dark black while also allowing the highlights to pop. The original red was too vibrant, which was competing visually with the face itself.