Slowly the front page of Karen’s book is coming together. It’s been another crazy couple of days and I’m just sitting down for a little sketch time. So far I’ve laid out the salamander body. Why a salamander? I have no idea, but it just seemed like a fun forest critter to add. It did become rather large, but I can’t go backwards now. This is a long toed variety. They have a lovely green pattern that runs from between the eyes to the tip of the tail. The body color is dark, shiny, with flecks of the same spotting on it’s sides. I really love the patterns down their back. It also surprises me at how their body gets creases and folds as they walk. These little guys live underground throughout our valley and into the mountains.
I should make my way through this image today. Tomorrow I’ll finish off the other joint page. The studio is so enviting these days since the temperature is about 15-20 degrees cooler than outside. Yes, the heatwave continues….
graphite, watercolor, colored pencil