Happy to be drawing again – it’s Thursday and time for an update on my drawing project.
On the Lookout, #2 is graphite being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, the smooth side. Today was spent cleaning up the wood post adding in more wood grain and darkening/lightening areas that will make the post standout. Also work began on the Heron, establishing its foundation using an HB pencil, then the head came next (I wanted to draw in the darkest parts of the bird to establish the darkest values in the scene [HB, 2B, 3B and 4B]). Finally using HB the foundation of the body/feathers were drawn with a variety of graphite pencil values and a tortilum was used to blend out the feathers. This was only an initial start to the feathers a lot more work needs to be done. A kneaded eraser was used to bring out the highlights in the feathers, and also a short camel haired brush used on the feathers to smooth out the feathers for a softer look.
Next week the back will be expanded out to the right a bit more (to give a more fuller body and hunched look) and I’m hoping the feathers will be completed. Can’t forget the feet! Either next week or the week after final touch ups will be made, the lightest areas I’ll go over one last time and perhaps the darkest darks too.
Thank you for checking in, have a wonderful weekend ~ click onto image for a larger view.