This pic--compared to the earlier version--shows a lot of changes, most of them in value.
Also, my wife proves a great help. Luckily, she's not so impressed with my work that she loves everything I do without reservation. I rely on her eye often. She looked at the first version and said drily: "Change the stomach--it looks like a rear-end--or worse." That was embarrassingly true--and something I had not seen. So I changed it.
This is a detail of the unfinished painting. The little concertina player could barely be seen against the gate, and I disliked his face, figure, and clothing.
A much brighter and more interesting little guy. I fixed the drawing problems with his head, and the long coat gives the fellow a bit more mystery.
The main musician also needed a bit of work, mostly because he was too cool.
Some warmth helped, and also more contrast.
At work on another, and some new stuffed goblins, too.
As always, thanks for checking this out!