A couple weeks ago, we harvested some little sugar pumpkins from our garden, and I've been trying to paint them ever since. I'm fairly happy with the first two, but the last one is still in need of help, but I think it will be left as is, because it is the best I can do at this time:-)
For the first two pumpkin paintings, I decided to paint first and outline afterwards, and being an experiment of sorts, I took pictures before inking, and although I liked the pumpkins without the ink, I really needed ink on the sign and decided to go ahead and ink them, so I would be able to compare them later. I think in this case, the pumpkins looked more realistic without the ink. What can I say, other than don't be afraid to experiment, live and learn!
This one was painted last week. I did the outlines before painting and was very unhappy with the way I left it. This weekend, I did the best I could to fix the sign, which was really bothering me. No, the finished painting (above) isn't perfect, but it looks better than it did (below), and I learned a lot about the paper and paints I've been using for these.