Thursday’s Drawing, Storm Clouds – #2


Thursday again and moving right along on the current drawing project, Storm Clouds.  Sorry for how dark and blurry the image is, it’s a cloudy and overcast day so I’m unable to get a good photograph – I really tried.

Continuing with Storm Clouds, #2 (9×12) a charcoal drawing.  I’m primary using vine and compressed charcoal.  Today was spent on developing the cloud mass getting an initial layer down and some darks – value control and finding patterns is what’s going to guide me the rest of the way with this scene.  The clouds are the main event with this drawing, so next week will be spent building and pulling values from highlights to the darks against medium values.

I love this, it’s where the rubber meets the road and I’m getting excited by what’s taking shape.  Thanks for checking in  .   .   .  click onto the image for a larger view.

Storm Clouds, #2

Storm Clouds, #2

Have a great weekend!

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33 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, Storm Clouds – #2

  1. lesliepaints says:

    Great subject for watching the step by step images come through, Mary. I never thought about it before, but each image you put up could be about the clouds ever-changing. I like this!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Leslie – you are so right. I could watch clouds all day long, so when working out this scene changing the cloud structure was never ending. It’s been a great project to work out in charcoal – great medium for the subject.

  2. I love watching your work progress, Mary. 🙂

  3. Painting for Joy says:

    Awesome! The mood is developing! I can feel the storm already Mary! Have a great weekend!

  4. Steven says:

    Love a good storm, Mary… at least, when I’m sheltered and able to enjoy the show. Very dramatic!

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wow – this is amazing.

  6. niasunset says:

    Wonderful dear Mary, Thank you, have a nice day and weekend, love, nia

  7. kerlund74 says:

    Happy Friday!
    Fantastic art as always!

  8. Hi Mary, I love that you made the clouds the focus I love the drama you have created with your wonderful handling of darks and lights already at this stage. Looking forward to seeing your finished piece. Have a great weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janell – I love working the darks against lights when the sky is the main event. Charcoal is a really cool medium to do it in, my first time doing a seascape in charcoal – hope the next few stages hold up to what I’d like to see as the end drawing. Have a wonderful weekend too! Thanks again.

  9. Love the ratio here where the sky is really the dominating part and they building up to be really heavy and loaded! Love the progress! Have a wonderful weekend Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva! Wish it wasn’t so dark out when I took the photograph, it’s looking a bit dark here. Next week will be a good photograph to post. I have some ideas to test out with this charcoal piece, hoping it gives the cloud masses a noticable 3-d feel. Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend too!

  10. Ogee says:

    If you have any extra, please send them to California. We can use all the storm clouds we can get!

  11. Gloria Ester says:

    Cool effect. Great work.

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    There’s something about these clouds that I really like. The are in the distance, but approaching … and you have a lot of activity in the clouds. Simply well done!!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Frank – thanks very much. This a great scene to develop with charcoal, never have done a landscape with the medium and I like how it’s treating storming clouds. I’m looking forward to really developing the turbulence in those clouds next week. Thanks again ~

  13. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, this is amazing!! 🙂 ❤

  14. M-R says:

    These are looking ominous indeed, these clouds, Mary ! I would definitely be running like mad for shelter.

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