It’s Thursday and finally we have rain here in North Texas, a real soaker – hope it puts a dent in our drought. It’s also time for drawing and a new subject been selected!
I’ve wanted to draw a landscape for a while and recently saw several graphite seascapes and thought yes, the sea will be my next subject. I’ve never drawn the ocean so this will give me the challenge that I’m looking for.
Strathmore Bristol Vellum is the paper of choice for “Waiting” (9×8) my newest project. It will mainly be drawn with graphite for its reflective qualities, except for the sky (I want it flat) has been done with a #2 carbon pencil. Frisket has been used covering the two main incoming waves and the pelican keeping those areas clean while I work the water. Once the sea is completed, the frisket will be removed and those areas drawn.
The background water was started using #B and #2B graphite pencil. After the first layer of graphite was down, a tortilium was used to blend the graphite giving a bit of a blended but rougher feel to the water. The horizon needs to be straightened, as well as the tail end of the back incoming wave (too symmetrical) and as mentioned before, I want to finish all the water first because it will give me an opportunity to adjust value ranges depicting water depth properly before working the foam and bird.
I was so excited about starting a new project that I forgot to take a photograph of the initial sketch. I apologize for the quality of the photograph we don’t have the best quality of light today. Here is Waiting, thanks for checking in ~