Sometimes you don’t, and that’s okay
A few years ago a Robin made our back porch her temporary home. I used one of the photos I shot as a reference for today’s prompt, “Nesting Bird.”
I sketched it with a Derwent water soluble pencil (light wash) instead of a regular, have-to-use-an-eraser-to-get-rid-of-the-lines kind.
After inking, I brushed water on the leftover pencil marks and they provided just the shading and softness I wanted.
I struggled with whether to add color; the reddish brown on the breast. I made a photocopy and applied color to it, and my eye was still drawn to the black, white, and grey version.
I also tried playing with it in Procreate, but my skills with the app aren’t up to speed. Yet.
Sometimes it’s hard to know when a drawing is finished. There are so many videos I’ve watched of an artist drawing or painting a subject and just when I think it looks perfect, they’ll add a touch or two and like magic, it’s even better.
For now, I’m leaving this one as is. I’m happy with it.