Back to Thursdays drawing and today is the beginning of a new drawing project – love the start of something new. I wanted a scene that spoke to the quietness that nature brings us each morning at the shore – Terns feeding. They are pretty oblivious to folks on a morning jog or stroll, maybe every once-in-a-while they might look up, but they are pretty focused on their mission – seeking out their next meal.
Feeding, a graphite and carbon drawing (12×9) is being done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum (smooth side) paper. An F graphite pencil was used to sketch out the two ferns, and 4H for laying in the foundation of the background water of the scene. For this particular area the process will be erasing and drawing to build up the light and shadows hitting the water, the background water will have minimal detail so it doesn’t distract from the focal point of the Terns and foreground water reflections.
I turned up the contrast on this image so you could see the initial background work completed today. Click onto the image for a larger view ~
How lovely , Mary. I’m sure this work will be just as fascinating to follow as your wolf one was. 🙂
So nice of you Sylvia – thank you so much. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.
It ‘terns’ out it’s a new drawing…
So great – thanks Prospero!!
I love a new project too:) Enjoy!
Thanks Elena – a bit of a learning challenge with the Terns, just what I’m after. Thank you ~
Bravo, Mary! Thanks for showing us the beauty with every post. 💛
Thank you Laura! Another Thursday, another drawing project – love it!
And it loves you right back!
I like how you show us the process Mary. You create wonderful drawings.
Thank you Nicodemas – glad you enjoy the process.
Oh, Mary, look forward to watching your drawing unfold!
Hey Mary – enjoy seeing your drawing process. Thoughtful. Incremental. Expert. You are a patient artist, a useful attribute I hope to develop myself. – Tom
Thank you Tom – appreciate your kind words and compliment. You could say that drawing forces me to slow down, just the opposite when I paint, lol!
graphite has such a softness and blend ability to it that I really like; looking forward to seeing how the image emerges. your summary and description sound wonderful Mary 🙂
Thank you Debi for your artist thoughts on this drawing. I’m looking forward to drawing the Terns, I’ve had very little experience drawing birds so this will be a fun piece to develop.
I know the feeling – its so difficult for me to get the right gestures, essence and feeling of a thing when I’ve not really been around it much. Have fun and I’m sure you will do wonderful things! 🙂
I love new starts, too! I’m feeding on Feeding!!!
Good luck on your new project!
Thanks so much!! Hope it reflects the beautiful Galvistan area ~
I do love following your graphite pieces…I imagine it feels very different from the more energetic work you have been doing in acrylic. Wonderful…Janet
Thanks Janet! So true, I really had to slow myself down a lot – good for a nice break and change of pace. Have a great weekend.
I hope you enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend. Janet