Greetings, my fine feathered friend!
Here is my latest colored pencil piece: "Season of the Lynx." At first I tried to do a background of evergreens but it felt too dull compared to those vibrant yellow eyes. So I tossed the reference photo aside and had fun :) In order to achieve this effect I first laid down the darkest values--in this case two different types of green with orange layered over the top in some places. Using an electric eraser I then lifted some of the color back off. Then I added the light and medium-value colors over the lifted spots. In the end I had a background I was happy with, and a very messy table ;)
This experience was yet another reminder to trust in the inspiration I receive while working on any project.