I put a bit more work into the piece which I am calling Triple Falls.
So far I have about five hours into this piece and I have to say that I am really enjoying the way it is turning out and I can't wait to finish it up. As in all pieces that I do, I have learned a lot and here are the lessons learned:
I have always said that references are very important and I found out just how important on this piece. The references that I have been using for this piece have mostly been from my mind. That is working from places and things that I have seen, putting them together then creating from those images. When I started this piece, I wanted to have two large waterfalls with mist and billowing clouds of spray where the water meets the rocks below. Over the last year, I have created several pieces with waterfalls with a very stylized look. Not a natural look by any means, but in the viewers eye it read as a waterfall. This piece was going to have the same type of effect for the waterfalls. That was until I uploaded some images that I took in Yosemite National Park this week. Several of the images that I up loaded were of different falls in the park. Oh, how they changed my view of the world!
The first thing I noticed was how dark the walls of the cliffs are at the side of the falls due to water misting as the water cascades down. Another thing that I saw was the way the light plays with the spray at the bottom of the falls. I was trying to make them look more like clouds than the mist that they should look like. Take a look at the sketch of this piece and you will see what I mean. These two bits are really, in my opinion, bringing this piece to life.
I have also worked more on the cliff walls, shadows on the trees and a bit more on the water. I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I’m getting really excited about this piece.
I’m making my mark, how about you?
Okay, last night I got quite a bit of work done on the piece. Here's how the progression went:
I knew that I wanted the foreground to be darker to pull the viewer's eye into the piece, so I started with the tree on the left-hand side of the sketch. I added different washes of diluted ink onto the paper. I had added water to the area that is going to be leaves before adding any of the ink so that the ink would flow and not be streaked by brushstrokes. I then started to add shadows to the rocks and water to start working on making the water look reflective.
After letting the piece sit and dry for a bit, I began working on the pine trees in the background. Since I am going to have the sunlight coming in from the left-hand side of the piece, I am making sure that the right-hand side of the trees is a bit darker. Once again, I let the piece dry before continuing. In the past this used to be the hardest part for me. Just sitting and waiting for the paper to dry so that I could continue on with the drawing. Damned infuriating! I have since matured (in the last week or so) and can now put down one drawing pad for another.
Now that the paper is ready to be worked again, I started to work on the cliffs and water falls by adding light washes of ink to the piece.
I rather like the way this one is turning out so far, and that is a bit scary. When I like a piece, it gets a bit harder to continue as I don’t want to mess it up. I have said it in the past to not be afraid, just grab another piece of paper and start again. I am going to take my own advice and will show you the results in my next post.
How are your marks coming along?