Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Haven't had as much time as I would have liked to work on this piece, otherwise I think it would have been completed by now. As you can see I have introduced the deer on the opposite cliff to the Lions, one title I am working with is ''A Safe Place'' but this is not set in stone! so any other suggestions would be welcome, best get back to that cliff face and work in some detail......
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
I have had many comments on a drawing forum site that I post on, as to how I have achieved the background effect of the foliage in the shadow areas on the Robin drawing, so I thought I would attempt to show a blow by blow account of how this effect comes to life using Blu Tac and a pencil. I will show this from start to finish in a number of posting otherwise the pics appear very small, sorry for the quality of the photos but some were taken late at night and have a slight cast on them. I think I should mention that I picked up this technique from Mike Sibley, check his blog page out when you get the time, Ilook forward to your comments etc....
The first pic shows how I have drawn the outline if a number of leaves and branches, I have to say that non of this section was pre planned I just made it up as I went along...
The second pic shows that I have now outlined around the outer edges of all the pre drawn leaves etc
Pic 3 show that all the far background has been darkened down with a number of layers of in this case a 7B pencil, once completed the fun begins...
Pic 4 shows how I shape the Blu Tac to a chisel point and in some cases I will roll into a point as sharp as a pencil for fine detail work and this also comes in useful for picking out highlights in eyes etc
Pic 5 I start to randomly remove the Graphite by pressing and dabbing the Blu Tac onto the dark area, at this stage I'm just trying to make marks that look in some way like leaves twigs and branches etc, I'm not to worried how accurate they are.
Pic 6 I start to add more points of interest little leaves etc, by rolling the Blu Tac into a point.
All of this takes time as every time you press the Blu Tac onto the paper the edge goes flat and is also covered with graphite, so a new edge has to be made after every mark is made ( hey no one said it was easy)
Pic 7, once I have the basic shape of the leaf or stem etc, I start to form it into the correct shape using the 7b pencil.
Pic 8, Once I'm happy with the shape I start to fill in a little detail and the darken it down, as remember this is in the far background, and in most cases in the shade
Pic 9 shows how things have taken shape, its taken a few hours to get to this stage, many parts have been darkened then lighted again until I'm happy with the effect, the further back they are the more I darken them down, its surprising how far you can take this, as long as they are lighter than the 7b background they will stand out and give the effect I want.
Pic 10 Shows that more detail has been added to the background leaves etc and also detail to the foreground stems, leaves etc this is now starting to give the 3d effect I'm after
Pic 11, shows a close up of the background area, as you can see by drawing a hole in one of the leaves and showing the stem through it helps to give that feeling of depth.
Pic 12 How this small area fits into the overall drawing, I hope this as all been of some interest as you can see there is a long way to go...
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Now that the Robin is as good as completed, I've started on the background, I'm basically making this up as I go along, all this foliage will wrap itself around the gate post that the Robin is stood on, each leaf seems to be taking forever to do, but I'm in no rush, I hope to include a few insects onto the Bindweed as they develop. I have included a close up pic of the leaves etc, all of the stalks etc in the dark background have been drawn on a blacked out area using BlueTac.