Wednesday, December 7, 2016

1315 - Nativity 2 - IX

The rocks are as done as they are going to get.  I don't want to over-render them.  I've begun work on the faces of the people, which is getting onto the last phase of writing this icon.  

The underpainting is fiddly and detailed, and I am struggling with it.  The pasty colours make the people look like living X-rays.  I know from experience that the underpainting normally looks awful, so I will have to pour some faith and talent into making the next layers look right.