After a few last-minute tweaks, I have at last finished the artwork for my latest picture book, Rumble, Roar, Dinosaur!:
I have been generally re-lightening and brightening things, after the annoying dulling-down from the fixative, but also working further on the rocks. I needed to wait for decent daylight to judge my colours accurately, as the publisher still wants to keep an eye on the 'pink factor' (see A New Cover For Rumble Roar). They asked me to make sure the rocks were erring towards orange, so not too obviously pink and girlie.
Orange is a tricky colour and can be a bit overpowering, so I decided to do the rocks as I would normally, still using quite a bit of pink, but then layer yellow and orange mark-making over the top, to push it more towards orange:
One problem was that, once the rocks were more apricot coloured, the lilac shadows worked less well. I introduced small incidents of deep orange into all the rock shadows, which pulled it all back together.
I now have to mount it up and get it posted off to the publishers this afternoon. Better go - it's surprising how long the mounting and packaging takes!
I do hope they like it...