I didn’t think this day would come, but you know as I was drawing today it was a bit melancholy as I’ve come to know every line, crack and crevice to the rocks, the water flow has become familiar to my hand, knowing there will be no more surprise – the end is revealed.
Thank you for your patience as the scene developed, only 18 weeks (ha, remember 1/2 hour of drawing/week, so big progress was not to be expected). Water Veil gave me multiple challenges – the biggest was how to show the water flowing off the middle rock-shelf behind the veil of water raining down from above. I did think about using a fixative, but it would have been too complicated to only spray the middle of the drawing, etc. So in the end using the curves, shadows and angles to form the water flow was the best option. Please let me know if you think it worked.
Water Veil is 9×12 on Strathmore Vellum paper, graphite pencil ranges used were 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, and 3B. To create the soft flow of water against the harsh rock environment I used tortilium, q-tip and a vinyl eraser. This scene was drawn by hand, while I had to sketch out forms of rocks here and there, the patterns were created by the pencil as the rocks character was born. Asked once if I use a grid when drawing or painting, I don’t because I have to feel the subject, a grid would force me to follow the grid rather than just going with “it”.
This drawing would not have been possible without the most gorgeous photograph taken by Craig Johnson of pmp, a photographer who takes images that brings the soul of the earth to our eyes and minds. Thank you Craig.
Here she is, Water Veil . . .