I have been working on quite a lot of traditional work recently.
When I was at Ringling I was lucky enough to come across an art store that was going out of business. Since I was showed up the day before it closed its doors forever, I was able to get everything at 75-85% off. Never one to pass on a great deal, I pretty much just bought the rest of their supplies and found myself owner of hundreds of tubes of watercolor paint, a medium my mother dabbled in when I was a child and one that always interested me.
Not too long ago, I decided that now was as good a time as any to start working in it and, since I needed a new self portrait for avatars, I decided that would be a good place to begin.
I think I need to spend a bit more time in the initial drawing phase. I realized quickly that the angle I drew the line work was way too low in relation to what I was drawing off of, and the proportions turned out to look like a Modigliani painting. No problem for a little photoshop adjustment in post, but stressed to me the importance of getting the drawing right before starting in on the colors.
I have also started a piece in oil pastels of a deer eating an apple because I had never worked the medium before and I have a thing for trying out every possible art medium available. I will post some work in progress images of that and some landscape paintings soon.