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?
Greetings to my 7.3 readers!
Today, as the title states, I am making my mark. I started out with a blank piece of paper and an idea then went for it. As I worked on the sketch, knowing what I wanted the thing to look like, it changed several times. I call this type of loose idea "letting the drawing have its input."
At this loose rough stage, note how lightly I am sketching. This allows me to change my mind on where something is on the piece and easily erasing then re-sketching without damaging the paper. Remember to always sketch lightly!
I am going to post images of the progress of this piece so you can have a chance to see where it goes from here. It may be good, it may end up in the trash bin, but whatever happens to it I will show you everything.
I'm making my mark, now you make yours!