The last time I did an extended series I wimped out at 16 paintings. I feel much more motivated about this series, probably because I still feel challenged by it too. This is a really nice subtle background. It’s a bit hard to discern the drawing, but enough of it is there to work with. My usual method is to make a pencil drawing, and when I like it I go over it in black ink so I can project the tiny (usually about 5″ x 7″) drawing onto a (usually) about 3′ x 4′ canvas. My rational is that I already drew it once, so I figure it’s not cheating to just project the drawing. Why torture myself twice trying to get all the proportions right? 😀
Oh, you were wondering what the challenge is? In this case, it’s what colors to use for the pads to make them really pop without looking garish. Will update you after some experimentation.