Thursday, 30 April 2009
Below the proof.
Song #3 on Depeche Mode's Sound of the Universe saved the day (and more grey hairs!)
The title: "Wrong"!!!
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
I can't believe the way I'm fumbling around with his neck muscles...I'm not getting the shape right.
No worries: I know what I'm looking for and I will get my (misbehaving) pencils to humour me:)
Cheers from a
Monday, 27 April 2009
This is the start of Charisma's action portrait.
My classic combination of Hahnemule paper and Derwent pencils are being used harmonising (indirectly) with a very classic show jumping perspective.
The contrast has been pushed a wee bit to bring out more in the scan.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Daylight light + view of drawing board
New wall unit for files,books and music + trolleys for pencils and other tools.
Spring has brought its annual wind (and rain) of change.This is good.
Good for millions of us.
Good for many reasons.
Good for one place in particular: my wee nookie of a room I love to call "my studio".
You can see more of my nest in a previous post and picks , for those of you familiar with this post you may well realise that the changes are minute...but important!
- A new wall unit allowing to organise more literature, files and better sound (hi-fi sitting high and proud).
- repositioning of desks making room for better movement: "rolling around in chair" (the slant in roof makes standing virtually impossible).
- new daylight artist light (most excellent xmas gift). The studio faces south and is not ideal for working without artificial light...long story!
- de-cluttering trolleys of unnecessary bits and bobs ( we all know about those and how dificult it can be to sift through them, right?)
Little changes in a small place make a big impact,.
One of the direct results energy is back and power is restored.
The studio is organised, the drawing board clear and pencils are sharpened: the moment is perfect for a new wave of work to commence...
Equine, canine and figurative works are lined up and will be gladly shared with you over the coming weeks.
It's great to be back and "rearing" to go !
Monday, 6 April 2009
26x22.5 cm, graphite on paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. 2009.
This portrait has been a long time in the making.
Many external influence kept dragging me away from the drawing board and because it took my wee brain way too long to figure out how to render all the intricacies and in's and out's of the tartan without going O.T.T.
After much deliberation I opted for a looser effect.
Her wee face is in the spotlight (and very detailed) by over working the tartan the piece would have become too rigid.
I'm really chuffed by all the lessons learned and the result.
The icing on the cake: the client is over the moon and cannot wait to have her hanging on their wall.
Before saying cheerio for my Easter break I would like to extent a big cheery wave to ALL my followers.
Sadly time has not allowed me to personally welcome you all, but please believe I am so excited to have you all follow my wee tribulations as an artist.
Will be back in 10 days.
Very best Easter cheers from me here to you wherever you are!
May the Easter bunny leave you all an extra portion of joy and a serious mount of choc eggs...:)
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
The internet connection was close to non-existent yesterday allowing for more drawing and unfortunately no blogging.
Todays steps show how the hand, the dress and the baby's head have taken shape.
There is more detail coming into the dress.
A 6B was used, lightly mapping out a route for the folds in the dress, the tartan squares and the shape of the mother's neck.
I have not quite worked out how to render the tartan and to be honest if I wasn't a Scot I would be cursing this gorgeous material to "kingdom come"...
The hand was drawn using light 2B shading which I then blended with... toilet paper. A top layer in F was added.
Here progress is made in both defining and refining the shape of her head, the expression of her mouth and the lay of her baby hair.
Before doing this a darkening layer was added to the background jacket. I felt the dark value was too weak and could use a bit more oomph!
I worked on her expression and head through careful application of F graphite for the skin and 2B for the strands of hair.