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 ~