As I was working on the close up of the mountain lion I was able to have some of those moments. I worked in a reductive technique, using my kneaded eraser as a drawing tool. Working with Rives BFK paper, I toned it with burnt sienna & burnt umber, did a light charcoal sketch to get my propositions correct. Then used the eraser to start pulling out some of the light areas. I decided I would make this a limited palette, using only black & white charcoal to do the main drawing. Then added a touch of color for the eye. I think it is done, will look at it later today and as usual maybe adjust a dark area here & there but all that is left is name, sealing it and framing.
|mountain lion soft pastel, charcoal on rives BFK paper|