anatomy of a drawing of the day: background

There comes a time in the development of any drawing that you have to face facts.  In the case of this drawing, the fact is that the tall chair that the woman is sitting in looks entirely too much like a lifeguard stand to be anything other than a lifeguard stand.  So I surrendered and gave the scene a background that suggests a coast.  This helps tie the elements together and adds another midtone to help “pop” the animals, especially that aesthetically troublesome white dog.  It’s at this point that I start strengthening lines to finalize the forms.


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