Tuesday, May 27, 2008
White Charcoal Experiments
This piece was sort of an experiment. I'm trying out white charcoal on black paper, and finding it exciting and challenging. I figured, first, what better animal to test than a white tiger? But then, how to make it interesting? This idea just came to me in an instant: add wings. I have several poses in mind, but chose to do this one first.
Now, I should say one thing here. I hate drawing wings. So why in my right mind did I put wings on a perfectly good mammal?? I still don't have a good answer.
I drew the tiger first. This is probably the most dynamic position I've ever drawn a cat in. But I couldn't add just any kind of wings. To the quiet, stealthy hunter I gave the quiet, stealthy raptor wings of the snowy owl.
I don't think I'll call this a finished drawing, just a test, which is why I didn't sign it. I like the idea, though, and if I find smoother, bigger paper I might try it again. Even the back of this paper had too much texture. I think the head came out okay, but those delicate wings still have visible lines through them. This is a photo, not a scan, so the black doesn't look as black as it really is.
Here are some of my scribblings before I started the tiger. This is done on the front of the paper with the rougher tooth. I copied this black leopard from a photo I found just to experiment. I think this white-on-black has some real potential, I just need to practice a little, first.