More color! I kind of remembered to take a picture of the hedgehog before I started adding color. This is almost the base state–I added a bit of fox red and some yellow highlights. Then I got started with more of the purple and blues.
I’ve been trying to keep the yellow and peach along the top and right of the fox and the hedgehog, as that’s the direction of my imaginary light source, and the blues and purples more in the shadows. However, I think both colors need to be pulled more toward the middle–in this respect, I think the hedgie is more successful than the fox.
I’ve learned an important lesson here: work the face first. If you don’t like the most expressive focal point, why waste time embroidering the rest? (These guys aren’t done, so the jury’s still out, but there are definitely things I’ll do differently next time.)
I get so focused on the details, it’s good to pull back and look at it from afar sometimes.