I made another drawing of the same subject, but left out the paint brush. Then I got the idea to add a peice of patterned paper to the background, it's from a pad of decorative scrapbook paper. I cut it to fit around the contour of my drawing. Then, I pasted it down with matte medium and brushed a coat of it over the whole surface. When it dried, I painted over it with oils! I love how it came out....
... after I took this picture, I added in the little red paint brush that was in my original drawing. But, now, I think I like it better without it. Maybe I'll go back and paint it out.
It rained most of the day today, and I sat inside and drew. I started with the book and tissue, then added the banana because I was eating one and kept setting it on the board there between bites... so I got a new one and put it in the set up. Then added the brush, because I wanted something to make a diagonal line to balance everything out.
I like this natural brown colored paper because it's automatically a middle tone. I love adding darks and lights to finish.