Here’s my latest. On the left is the reference photo I took at the Buttonwoods zoo. I literally have hundreds of otter photos – they’re just so much fun to watch.

This time I used pan pastels for the initial color, then I continued with soft stick pastels. I used the Canson Mi-Tientes paper again (9×12″), this time in a bluish grey, but forgot to check and ended up using the rougher, textured side.

I don’t really like the waffle texture that you end up with from the rough side of the paper. I ended up doing more smoothing than I normally would have (smudging and blending the color into the recesses of the paper).

But I’m happy with how it turned out anyway.

I could keep working on it, but I captured the otter and I think it’s the right time to stop.

 

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