For Thursdays Drawing you’ll find the pictorial showing the drawing stages of Storm Clouds (9×12), charcoal on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The subject was chosen for this drawing project because of the complex cloud structures and as an experiment I wanted to see how well value ranges could be developed with charcoal to give the cloud forms depth, density and texture.
Stage 1 – developing land and sea: because the clouds are the main subject the scene was divided 1/3 land/water mass and 2/3 sky. This stage concentrated on developing the land and water – charcoal was applied to the water areas and blended with a stump toward those areas that would reflect the lighter cloud forms. The landmass on the left side was drawn in by charcoal pencil and blended strategically keeping in mind it’s a rougher texture than the water. The bit of rock in the middle of the water was layered in with charcoal pencil and backed out with kneaded eraser.
Stage 2 – developing cloud structures: keeping lighter areas free of charcoal, the base foundation of the sky was built up with layers of charcoal and blended with a stump. Charcoal vines were used to add the darkest value of darks and blended in various spots to begin developing depth and density.
Stage 3 – refining cloud masses and landmass/water: Three things that were worked on at this stage 1) the focal point was better established by developing the cloud textures and then blended out smooth areas to show the different cloud levels and atmospheric changes – edges played a large role here too, 2) depth and density was increased by establishing more of the middle value ranges in the cloud structures – so the darks and strategic lights stood out, 3) the rock formation in the water was made smaller and pushed further back toward the horizon, so it didn’t draw attention away from the focal point. This particular stage took about 8 hours to do.
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The reference image used was from Gary Jones of pmp.
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