This particular scene wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for my next drawing – a beautiful floral was picked out. But then I saw an amazing photograph that my friend, John Warren, had on pmp and I couldn’t resist. So here is a little summertime tease ~
The Sea, is a graphite drawing (4.5 x 12) done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using 4H, 2H, HB, B and 2B and loose graphite powder. A tortilium was used to blend and spread the graphite, then it was partly erased and then back to laying down more graphite until it reach enough coverage as well as the correct value ranges for each area within the scene. These layers help build the water and foamy spray to a sufficient level allowing several value levels to develop (deep and shallow water), as well as making the spray and foam highlights pop. Once done I went back in with very sharp pencils 4H and 2H to develop a richness with the background water.
The reference shot was in color and the original scene larger, so I cropped it for a close-up of the wave and drew it in graphite – both changed the look totally.
At some point I may draw this scene in a larger size, but until then I hope you enjoy my little reminder of what awaits you at the shore – click onto the image for a larger size.
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