And we're off... and into the second dimension! Light is amazing, isn't it? Light and shadow and the interplay between the two are what make a painting look real. Kids are HARD to paint because their features are less defined.
These early stages are always my favorite part because I feel like I have lots of freedom to make mistakes. Each stage is a series of corrections to bring the painting to correspond more and more to reality. The later stages make me more nervous because I'm afraid I'll mess it up!