Last week I took some time, and made a drawing for an upcoming show (details of show below!) . I usually don't have good process shots of my traditional work, so I figured why not start now?
Materials: HB lead holder ( rubbed against sand paper to create a flat side), .03 HB mechanical pencil, kneaded eraser, a small white eraser and a stump... yes, a stump.
1. The Drawing:
This was probably the hardest part of making this image. Getting all the angles and proportions right can take a long time. Before getting to this point I gathered all my reference and did a quick digital composition in which I figured out my perspective, and scale relationships.
I spent probably a good full night's work ( 4-5 hours.) on the drawing alone. Don't rush the drawing! An accurate drawing will save you a lot of grief later.
This is the part where I begin establishing value relationships.
In fact the FIRST thing I do, is render the area where there will be the most contrast ( the area with the lightest and the darkest tones!) ,in this case I wanted it to be the woman's face.
Because of that , now I know what is the lightest and the darkest value. With toned paper ( like a moleskin), you always want to designate a value to the tone. Because I wanted this to be a graphite only piece, the value of the paper became my brightest point. So that means only highlights and bright areas could have the tone of the paper. This helped immensely , especially when rendering the cloth. If you notice there are soft gradients by where the folds are, I wanted the cloth to be the second brightest thing ( next to the highlights of the girl's face.) so I very lightly shaded it, so that it became a slightly darker tone than that of the paper.
More rendering. Worked on the foliage by filling in the area with graphite, using the flat side of my led holder ( so I dont ruin the paper!) and picking out leaf shapes with my kneaded and white erasers. I'm trying to be mindful of edge quality too!
I focused on rendering the trees. I tried out an old tool I haven't touched since I was a kid... the dreaded stump.
I haven't touched a stump since high school. I always thought of them as a cheater's tool, something people used when they didn't want to bother rendering, or worse, if they didn't know how to render. Ever since I can remember, I would always tell myself " I'd rather render it with my own hands!". Oh, what a fool I was!
The stump was an essential tool to this image. It helped mass in major values very quickly, giving the areas where the stump was used, a soft, almost paint like quality, that would have taken AGES to produce with a pencil. This is how I made the trees, using a stump to mass in the basic value of the tree, then going over it with a pencil and eraser to reinforce texture.
This is how the final looks like, except a lot more yellow... the scanner I used could not capture the yellow of the paper very well.
That's it! Pretty straight forward! :)
4. Say hello!
This drawing will be a part of an incredible group show, December 6th at the spoke arts gallery.
So if you are in the bay area, come by and see this and other insane moleskin drawings and paintings face to face! Be sure to say hello too!
That's it everyone , and happy thanksgivings to all of you! Until the next update!