Monday, June 27, 2011
There is a rapid-spreading wildfire threatening my town. It started yesterday and already has grown to 50,000 acres, forcing evacuation. I am staying about 2 hours away, but I will not have access to any of my work for an undetermined amount of time. Here's hoping my originals and the rest of my house will still be there when I get back.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
I've sold two pieces in the last two months. The first was the Bobcat drawing from a couple years ago, who found a home in New Jersey. The second was the recently-finished Maroon Lightning Clownfish, which will soon be on its way to Florida after the exhibit is over.
I did a bit of work today on that leg. It was a slow process of building up the background value, then adding the dark wrinkles, then taking out highlights with the kneaded eraser. It has a little more work to be done, then I can move on to the shoulder area and finally the ear. I don't know why I saved the ear for last, I was planning on doing the bottom right corner last. Not everything happens as it is planned, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Once I finish the elephant, I think I'll take another pass at the background.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This is the start of the elephant calf drawing. In the previous post I showed how I did the daisy with a frisket. I'm using charcoal powder on a chamois to apply the background and the base coat of the elephant. I started in with the eye with the 6B charcoal pencil, a very small blending stump, and the kneaded eraser. I am also using the indent technique to get the eyelashes and hairs visible. From here, I think I'll work down the trunk to get the left side mostly done before I work on the right side.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil by JD Hillberry. At the time I thought it was an interesting technique, but never thought I'd use it.