Thursday, February 25, 2010

More works in progress this winter

This winter so far has been a very creative time for me. (Have drawing supplies, must use them!) This drawing is of a Pre-Columbian Mexican clay sculpture is in the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. It is a strange cat-creature with some human features. This was an opportunity to try out another Mi-Tientes paper color-Sand and Derwent drawing pencils. The printer ran out of yellow ink while printing out the reference photo, but that doesn't matter since my color choices are arbitrary anyway.

This drawing Late Afternoon is another large (18" x 24") one done on watercolor paper. Something this large and complicated I will always do the basic drawing on another sheet of paper and trace it onto the Water color paper. Then I masked off with liquid mask and masking tape. The sky is a large area and isn't covered later with colored pencil. The buildings are done in grays and covered over with white, light grays and light pink to give the effect of weathered paint. For this drawing I went back to using my reliable Prismacolors.The source photo was taken a few years ago in southern Minnesota and there was something about that large house that intrigued me and I finally made a composition that might do it justice. Several of the outbuildings have been cropped out, the pickup truck flipped to face the house and the
time of day made later to emphasize
more saturated color and create a mood. A quick review shows some slight changes need to be made-particularly the tree on the far right.

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