Well, lots to tell today. First of all, I did a phone interview with the Santa Maria Sun last week (a local weekly paper) and it is in this week's issue! Exciting stuff for me - you can check it out here.
Secondly, I was pretty frustrated with yesterday's progress - or lack thereof. I didn't really have the time that's needed to spend on the strawberry girl, so I had to leave her in a pretty poor state - I hate to walk away from something without some degree of resolution. Then, this morning we ended our history study of the Renaissance for the school year with a biography DVD on Michelangelo. To see his amazing work and then go out to the garage to my mural was rather humbling as an artist.
Anyway, I am happy to say that I was able to solve - or at least improve - several issues on the strawberry panel today. I fixed skin tones, proportions, and adjusted contrast (particularly the background wave vs. figure's skin tone). I spent a lot of time trying to get her arms and hands in believable positions - grrrrrr. I worked on the flowers and strawberries, but there is work to be done there still - in this case, I need to tone down the contrast and have the seeds blend in a bit more.
One of my favorite details today is the hair - I gave her some curls and I like the color (I thought the strawberry girl should have red hair).