Adding Value and Depth to Drawing of a Stork

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

IMG_4777I’ve been looking at a drawing I had completed years ago for The Little Book of Drawing and realizing that it seemed quite linear in nature and lacking a real sense of depth.  The original was a pen & ink done in black of a stork sunning itself on a rock.  I added color with a limited palette of black, dark umber, and sienna.  Also thrown in is white Conte’ crayon to allow for more contrast with the background.  The gradations move off of the line and instill a three dimensional nature. Funny how it’s easier to tell your students to do this than see it in your own work!  Oh well, better late than never. I am including both drawings.

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Finished Stage of The Pileated Woodpecker

June 8, 2014 § 4 Comments

IMG_4406I haven’t posted for awhile, but finally am finishing the drawing of a Pileated Woodpecker feasting on bugs from a dead tree stump.  The last stage involved watercolor washes to support the line drawing or the contour.  This stage shows gradations of colored pencil to provide a more subtle clarity to the picture and some pen & ink to allow for more drama.  It is a riot of color now as the orange leaves swirl about the bird.  I am working with this type of mixed media to spur me towards a more free approach.  I still have a ways to go!!  Any advise or input would be welcomed!IMG_4406

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