It’s Thursday and time for drawing! I know, I know you can barely see the first drawing . . . very sorry about that. The initial layout of the drawing had to go in light because a veil of cascading water being hit by sunlight that will be drawn in, but intially I needed to keep everything very light – 4h graphite pencil.
The reference image is a tight close-up of water spilling out and cascading over rocks creating a beautiful sheer veil, with sunlight hitting the water and wet rocks, oh wow it’s what attracted me to draw the scene.
For paper I’m using 9×12 Stonehedge, white – Vellum Finish @ 250 GSM. I chose white thinking that would help to highlight the light and water. Not wanting to ruin the white of the paper everything but the water has been initially laid out. I’ll be using graphite pencils in this piece.
What I most likely will have to do is draw the rocks, branches and flowing water between the rocks first, then once done with this step several coats of fixative will be applied (to seal the drawing), and finally the last step in this series will be to draw the cascading veil of water either with white charcoal or light graphite and smear the water to resemble ‘a sheer cascading veil of water.’
The top half of the drawing was laid in very lightly, and will be drawn this way as it’s mostly behind the veil – so I just want a hint of what’s back there. The bottom half are flat rocks that are in front of the veil of water, these are wet and dark – this is where I will begin next week. I want the darkest of the dark to go down first so I can manage subsequent graphite value ranges off the first dark rock drawn.
Back to painting, have a great weekend ~