I'm back to practicing layouts for that little commission job. At this writing, I've done 42 roughs. For some reason I'm not as loose as I was when I did the first round a couple of weeks ago. Well, I think I just figured out why. The first time I worked on large paper and was just "playing". This time I decided to work on the actual paper I will use for the finished piece. I cut the paper to 8" x 6", because the actual size will be 7" x 5" for framing in an 10" x 8" frame.
As soon as I started writing, I could feel the restriction. My hand would come in contact with the edge of the paper and I would mess up the nice gestural stroke. Plus, just knowing I have those boundaries makes me tighten up. I'm going to try working on a larger sheet of paper on my light table, with the 7" x 5" area outlined behind the paper and see how that works.
I'm open to suggestions! Feel free to comment. :-)
P.S. If you don't hear from me for a few days it's because I'm out of town. I'll respond on Monday.