When we lived in Maine there were probably more “atmospheric” days than not – with gray skies and heavy fog out at sea. This scene reminded me of those times, the air cold with a moist dense fog and seagulls air dancing at the shoreline for food ~ a typical great day at the beach.
Air Dancing Gulls, a graphite drawing (9×12) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum (the smooth side) paper using 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 6B and loose graphite powder. To manage the foggy atmosphere a tortilium was mainly used (in application and blending), rather than a sharp-pointed pencil – the tortilium keeps things a little fuzzy which gives a misty appearance. Pencils were used for the foreground and the gulls.
The challenge was to keep the background dressed in a heavy fog, but light enough to show-off the middle-ground waves with thick foam, and then to work the values light and dark enough allowing the seagulls to take center stage. If you look into the distance both left and right you just might see a couple of gulls off on their own – they were used to draw the viewer’s eyes into the fog.
Between the gulls dancing and squawking, and the rushing waves – well it’s a scene to get lost in, thanks for stopping by ~ click onto the image for a larger view.