a good reason to work from photographs
I've finished up the spring flowers. The last step I did was use a drybrush to really soften some edges where I felt like sharp edges would keep the focus away from where I wanted it - mostly on the left side. I also didn't put as many details in the vase, particularly the foot of the vase, so the attention would stay up at the flowers.
I've gotten a lot of questions about what the varnish does to the colored pencil colors so I decided to put below the drawing not sprayed (above) and sprayed (below). The varnish spray intensifies the darks, which I usually find is a good thing. Sometimes it will also darken a color I want clean and bright - like my yellow flowers. What I believe it is doing is making the pencil more transparent and allowing more grey board to show through. If it darkens the light colors too much, I'll let the first coat of varnish dry and apply more yellow colored pencil, then finish spraying the piece.