Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, #1


A brand new project for Thursday’s Drawing started today ~

On the Lookout, #1 a graphite drawing is being done on Bristol Vellum paper, the smooth side.  The background was established first, using homemade graphite power from # B graphite pencil, dusted on with a brush and then wiped/smoothed with a piece of felt (can use chamois as well) for a softer appearance, this will let the background stay in the back and won’t interfere with the main subject (a Heron), and finally using a kneaded eraser certain areas were lifted for water highlights.  Next the wood pier/pole was worked on establishing values first (B, 2B, 3B and 4B), used a tortilium to smooth out graphite and lastly added in the grains of the wood.  Some more work needs to be done on the water and wood, but I’ll wait until the Heron is established so the values stay in check and I can get a better feel for where the drawing is taking me.

Next week the Heron will begin to emerge.  Thank you checking in – have a great weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view of details.

On the Lookout , #1

On the Lookout , #1

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36 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, #1

  1. LucyJartz says:

    You have made a lot of progress on this painting since this post. Thanks for giving updates.

  2. I love your birds, looking forward to see the heron! 🙂

  3. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh this is going to be a nice one Mary. I think your bird drawings are fabulous!

    Your work ethic is so inspiring. You make me want to improve every time I get in front of my easel.

    I’m taking a bit of a break as somehow I hurt my shoulder and it hurts to paint. 😒

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Rhonda – you know I really appreciate your encouragement and support, means a lot. This drawing will be more close-up than my others, so it’s a bit intimidating to draw convincing feathers but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

      I’m sorry to read about your shoulder, hoping that it mends quickly that you are back painting before too much time has passed.

  4. Eager to see the emergence of the heron… I’ll be following… 🙂

  5. I’ll be following along too, Mary. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. I’m sure this is going to be really stunning, Mary. I hope it’s a Great Blue. 🙂

  7. poppytump says:

    A lovely opening teaser …you’ve got US all primed and eyes peeled Mary 🙂
    I’ll await the star performer’s arrival amid a flurry of feathers ….

  8. ladyfi says:

    Love the mood in this one!

  9. Resa says:

    OMG! I’m excited!!!

  10. Lovely start to begin with, love the texture of the box, looking out for sure to the heron to appear!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Nicodemas says:

    Wonderful Mary. I’m looking forward to seeing the Heron.

  12. Amy says:

    Thank you for taking time to explain the process, Mary! Looking forward to see Heron. 🙂

  13. Tom Donovan says:

    Appreciate you describing your process, Mary. Helps both my learning and appreciation of the particular work. – Tom

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Tom for your comment and compliment. Every drawing project is a learning experience, just as you talk about through your own work. Thanks very much Tom and glad you are enjoying the piece.

  14. Well, I’ll certainly be on the lookout, Mary! Looking good!

  15. I like the start of this a lot….and will look forward to seeing the heron….Have a wonderful weekend. Janet. 🙂

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