Friday, June 27, 2008

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel - continue

I've worked a bit more on this today however I couldn't get a good scan of it so ended up taking a picture of it with my little camera and it isn't that much better. Sorry!

Anyway I worked mostly on the bits of pine needles and twigs in the hollow of the rock. I'm using negative drawing to accomplish the desired results. When finished, it creates a nice feeling of depth and layers. It can be a rather slow process but it is definitely worth it.

Basically to do this, you draw in your main pieces of twigs, needles, leaves, etc. leaving them white and then fill in the abstract background areas as dark as you can. Then with a light touch and a 2HB I go lightly over the mid-ground pieces and then add a vein or slight shadow to the foreground pieces. You can even go in with Blu-Tack and create leaves or twigs that you didn't actually draw in.

It can be a time consuming process and you do have to pay a little bit of attention to where your twig ends and begins but if you make a mistake it really won't matter that much. I'm sure there are bits and pieces in there that don't align.


Elflling said...

Thanks for sharing the tips of negative drawing from the ground texture. I really think it turned out beautifully!

Karen Hargett said...

elfling thanks for you comments. I'm glad you like it.

Marsha Robinett said...

This is great Karen. I was wondering when we would see a new graphite drawing...especially after your workshop with Mike. Looks like you've chosen a great subject...can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for the short tutorial.

Karen Hargett said...

Thanks Marsha. LOL I'm having a really hard time chosing subjects with all the pictures I took.