I’m finally finished with this piece. It’s taken a minute due to dealing with some health issues but I’m feeling much better now. I have to say this drawing was initially an experiment for me. What interested me in doing this was a curiosity sparked by looking at images of the egret’s white form against the background of a blue sky. I became curious to know if I could make a drawing much in the same way as an silhouette illustration but instead of doing the subject matter in all black like a silhouette, I wondered if I could do the background in all black and leave the subject white. I guess that would be a reverse silhouette, if there’s such a thing. And for the most part that is what I ended up creating. I’m pleased with the end result. There’s some shading to the beak, legs and eye area of the egret along with the tops of the cattails but everything else is just white. I really like the simplicity of this drawing and how I did try to add much detail to it. A former art instructor once told me that I have a habit of trying to add in too many details and that it’s okay to leave things out. It’s like how when you first get into drawing and you try to draw every strand of hair on a person’s head. It’s exhausting and unnecessary. Doing this piece took me back to my early art instruction and reminded me that a drawing doesn’t need to be overly complex in order to be appealing and interesting. You just have to figure out what to leave in and what the drawing can do without. 🙂
I see it’s been almost three weeks since my last post. Sorry to have been away for so long but I’m still battling through some health issues, particularly digestive issues, that has garnered more of my attention and energy over the last couple of weeks. So I took some time off from drawing, again. Unfortunately this is appears to be an ongoing battle that’s not going away anytime soon so I’m learning how to manage. I gotten back to inking my egret and cattails ACEO which you can see above. This is a fairly straight forward drawing with most of all the inking going into the background. The egret itself is white, so there won’t be much detail to add there. My main concern will be how to define the bits of grass around its feet in a way that it doesn’t get lost in the background. I’ll just have to take a wait and approach as I go along. But for now I’ll just focus on getting the background done. 🙂
I’ve been feeling a bit quiet as of late. Under the current global situation there hasn’t been much else on my mind yet I feel as thought I’ve said all that I could say, so I’ve been just quietly inking away in an effort to focus some of my energy towards putting something peaceful out into the world. In this latest drawing I discovered that I didn’t have to get too detailed in drawing trees, just the use of light and shadow was enough. That little tidbit made drawing trees less intimidating as well as the best part of doing this piece next to the nice contrast between the mountains and the crane.
I hope that everyone is finding a positive way to manage in these difficult times. May we all get through this safe and in better spirits.
Originally I had planned to just do the head of this Macaw in red and use my artistic license to do the feathers in black. But as I was finishing up the head portion, I just said, “Oh what the hell, keep going with the red.” It’s more work to stipple in color, especially when you want those colors to look vibrant. A lot of layering is involved but so far so good. Unfortunately though, this piece will probably take longer to complete than I’m used to. This will definitely be a test of my patience but I’m in it for the long haul. 😊
When it comes to stippling in color, red and it’s various hues are the only other colors I really enjoy working with. Although I have done a number of other pieces using different colors, I admittedly have a preference for simple black ink. But with this drawing I’m opting to throw in my other favorite inking hue.
I’m just getting started on the first layer which will give me a base tone and then I’ll work in the shadows along with fleshing out some highlights where needed. I plan on doing just the head in red with the body being inked in black. So far things are looking pretty good. 😀