Making my Mark Part II

Make a MarkOkay, 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?