Bridget Ertelt had a precious model from which to work, but he couldn’t keep a pose.
Lead Image: Bridget Ertelt’s cooperative (and beautiful) model
“I set up and did a 6”-x-8” sketch en plein air,” reports Ertelt. “It was difficult because the baby moved quite a bit in his sleep. That made it hard to nail down the drawing. So then I took my color sketch inside and did a larger study where I focused more on accurate drawing from a photo. However, I wouldn’t have been able to paint the color in the skin correctly if I hadn’t done the plein air sketch. Having the color notes for the skin tones was very helpful.”