For those that aren’t familiar with Thursdays Drawing. Thursday is a day that I devote to drawing. A scene is selected and then each week I’ll draw anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours until the drawing is completed. Which means usually I’ll barely put a dent into the drawing each week – as some of these scenes take upwards of 16+ hours in total (usually four to nine weeks). Today is the start of a new drawing . . .
Introducing Thursdays Drawing project – Takakkaw Falls. According to Wikipedia: “Takakkaw Falls /ˈtækəkɔː/ is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia, in Canada. Its highest point is 302 metres (991 ft) from its base, making it the 45th tallest waterfall in eastern British Columbia.”
The reason why I selected this scene is because I want to experiment with several different techniques to create a smoky atmosphere with the waterfall:
- Sfumato, which means to “to tone down” or “to evaporate like smoke” (Leonardo da Vinci used this technique in some of his paintings). While I won’t be using the technique precisely because this is a drawing, my goal is to have some of the rocks behind the waterfall evaporate like smoke . . . as well as some of the actual rocks coming in from both sides of the drawing. Hoping to make the breathing waterfall become the star of the show.
- Values, with the exception of the waterfall and immediate surrounding rocks, two values (high-to-middle values) will be used throughout the piece.
Takakkaw Falls, a graphite drawing (12×9) is being drawn on Bristol Vellum paper. Today a tortilium was used to develop an outline of the falls and shape of boulders/slabs of rocks. Next week, the rocks will begin to be drawn in ~ the characteristics of the rocks will be barely there in order to effectively reach the level of sfumato where they will be coming in from both sides.
Thanks for checking in and here we go, another project . . . click onto the image for a larger view (warning: it doesn’t look like much at this stage!!!) ~