So some lunchtime studies of work by people who know what theyre doing - and a few exercises from James Gurneys Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
And finally, a bit of a process exercise - i really like the work of FlapTraps, so had a look at some specific pieces and tried to reverse engineer his process. Turns out its all about the negative space! So quite useful, and time/motivation permitting, its something i want to try a bit more of. Its a great way of getting out of your comfort zone and seeing how other people go about making an image.