In my hurry to discover the best lighting for this drawing, I randomly chose two main branches of coral to work on, instead of starting methodically upward from the bottom layers. That left me with the problem of ‘working in’ a smaller branch between and ‘below’ those two. You can see that’s what I’ve done here, and how I struggled a bit with it.
However, I think my instincts were right, since I chose two mid-level coral branches to begin my shading on. Now I have the option of lightening and darkening those above and below to add more depth to the drawing.
This is the working version #3 of Corals, an imaginary drawing of the corals that exist in the reefs off the Isle of Carol. I’m using Grafwood pencils on Arches Hotpress watercolor paper to create this drawing.