- Keep the pencil very sharp. I fell back to single edge blades; the utility knife blades are too coarse, made for heavier work.
- Know when to stop. This was a tough one. I had to get up and run it through the scanner to put the stamp of finality on it. Approximately 3 hours.
- Work comfortably. I started it in my chair and wrapped it up in bed.
I occasionally dimmed the lights to increase the contrast on shadow and highlight, blocked out the major areas, and then kicked the lights back up for detailed work. I felt a bit daring, almost giddy, using such a wide range of tonal values. It was really exciting feeling this leaf develop.
~~~ Merry Christmas! ~~~