Sunday, January 15, 2006
Drawing in progress part 2
Progress of sorts, because I didn't get to finish it today as hoped. Mark and I went out for a long walk and I started feeling tired in the early evening so the only large block of time I got to draw was in the afternoon. (BTW, the Emir of Kuwait died today and as everyone has the next 3 days off, they all decided to go walking along the corniche with us! I've never seen it so busy!)
Back to the point! In all my drawings, I cover all the paper with pencil. I'll only leave the white of the paper show for extreme highlights like the light in the eyes, a shine on metal or the tip of the nose. So this step is one that I always do - I lay down a 'wash' of pencil. It helps to blend everything into. Blending into a white page shows an edge, no matter how fine. Trouble is, for me, it takes a while to loosen up to start with and that's when I need to do this! I scanned this after one layer and before smoothing out the tone.
After scanning, I realised that all this analysing is stopping me from getting into the right frame of mind. It reminded me of trying to describe all the actions of driving a car whilst driving - you don't really think about it as you do it, a sort of instinct takes over. So I put on some music and felt much better!
The light was very clear today, different to the light yesterday evening, and the from the light from the spotlights in the bedroom (a typical house in the Gulf in that we have about 12-16 spots on every room! Throws a lot of shadows!) So this highlighted some more textures and shadows which I can add. I need all the help I can with that trainer at the back, I'm not happy with it at all. I'm using a 3B pencil as all the colours in the trainers are similar tones and I want to darken and exaggerate the edges.
With the music on, time flew by and dinner beckoned. I'm too tired to finish so I'll put it on the blog anyway. Here I've started to look at small details that will bring the drawing to life - small shadows around the stitching, under the laces, and I see more things I hadn't noticed before! I took away a little edge from the back of the right trainer to bring it forward. I still think there isn't enough definition to separate the two trainers. At the stage I left it, the laces need working on and the left side of the right trainer has still to be done.