For the first time in many, many years I attended a life drawing session in Amherst last night. There were a lot of very impressive artists there. I’d like to be able to incorporate some people into my work, but my figure drawing is weak, so this was a start. I was happy with the results and look forward to going back again.
Things came together quickly this week. When you get near the end sometimes the changes are rather subtle, but the progression is shown below. Following the last post I used gray ink to darken the picture, scratched some more, added more ink, and then scratched again. Most of the picture was done with an X-Acto knife, but near the end I switched to a scalpel, which has a finer point. Finally, I used the spoon shaped scratcher to bring out the whitest whites of the snow.
I’m very pleased with the results, and I finished it 5 days before the deadline!
I worked on this every day this week and completed another run over the whole surface. Things are starting to come into better focus. I tried to better define the tree shapes and surface textures. My next step will be to darken some of the mid-tones with gray ink and then scratch over the whole surface again to bring out more contrast and details. Hopefully I’ll have more progress to show next week.
I have not been doing a lot of sketching lately. My excuse is that I have just been too busy with other things, and now the cold weather is here, so my production probably won’t get better soon.
Some show deadlines are coming up in January and, because of my good fortune of having had some recent sales, my inventory is low. So, I have been working on a number of scratchboards and I thought I would share my progress with you here.
This is a picture I started a couple of weeks ago of a light frosting of snow on the stone wall in the back of my lot. The piece is 12” by 16”. I just erased the watercolor lines I drew in as a guide on the raw scratchboard after scratching in the basic shapes and values. This will probably stay a black and white piece. If all goes well I will finish this in a couple of weeks. I’ll post my progress next weekend.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.