Took some time to work up paint sketches of the two male carolers, Jeff and Matt (left and right respectively), today. It was definitely nice to get back into the pigments, and I'm feeling much more confident about tackling the final painting for the card. The colors will probably change a bit, more towards some rich and warm hues, but these cards usually end up pretty full palette.
I definitely had a lot of fun painting Jeff (gent on the left), his expressions were so great, and I'm feeling good about how I worked up some of the detail-ish stuff. With Matt, I just kind of fizzled out after I had the big shapes slapped down. And, I can definitely tell I was getting a bit lazy - what with that off-kilter hat and its glaring tangent where the red and white meet...
Anywho, Jeff was around 45-minutes of broken-up painting during my Art IV and Art I classes, and Matt was 30-ish split between Art II and my Independent studies.
I was using a pretty full palette on gessoed illustration board, a number two round hog bristle, a similarly sized round sable, and gamsol as a medium. And these are in the 6-inchish range.