Time out for art, as Thursday demanded to stay on schedule and continue drawing Classic. I’m excited about several drawing books that I’ll be reviewing especially one that’s packed full of useful tips and information, but that’s for another post.
A few decisions were made today before proceeding – not entirely sure that I’m settled on any one technique and since this drawing is for the benefit of learning techniques I’ll leave myself the option of changing mid-stream.
- First, I realized that I am going to have to use Frisket Film to protect the ballerina while the background drapes are being worked on (will keep her clean of black dust).
- Second, instead of using a circular motion to draw the drapes, I decided to keep a straight up-down direction of the graphite to flow with the direction of the drapes.
- Third, how to fill in the drapes so they appear smooth with folds, I decided to sweep charcoal across the surface and then go over it with 3B graphite pencil, blending as I went along with four different instruments in order: 1) a tortilium 2) q-tip to smooth the surface 3) brush with a camel hair brush using a sweeping motion to smooth the graphite like silk (didn’t totally work and I’ll explain in a later post), and 4) tissue paper to buff. I’ll be repeating this several times to get the area as covered and smooth as possible.
Using Strathmore Drawing Paper, 9×12 and graphite pencils 2B and 3B. Today I began working on the ballerina’s proportions (wow, any of you artists that draw people – bless your hearts, what a challenge this was). I’m closer to how I envision her, but still see several areas to go back in and address before I can finish the background drapes.
I have a long ways to go with the drapes, they look quite rough but as you know, all in good time. Thank you for checking in ~