Thursday, February 03, 2011

More jelly...



Today was a snow day due to a storm that arrived overnight.  It tapered off in late morning but snowclearing then had to take place and I decided it wasn't worth life and limb to tackle the roads at that point in the day.  By the time I would have gotten to work, it would have virtually been time to come home again.

So I took advantage of the day to work on the jellyfish.  It is good to work on black paper in daylight.  The colours are so much easier to see.  With working, I only have daylight at weekends, but the daylight lamp I have does help when I have to work after dark.

I noticed today that there is a slight scrape across the surface of this board.  Its not an indentation but more a line that's slightly lighter in colour.  Its noticeable under certain angles of light and I may end up having to add something to that area to cover it as I can't think of any other way to get around it. I don't want to draw a background, I want the black to be the background only. 

Black is danger prone. It shows fingerprints and any movement of something hard on the surface.  I think it was my bracelet perhaps that may have grazed the surface, even though I use a hand guard while I draw.  I'll have to try some tracing paper to experiment with options and see what I can add there to mask the mark.

14 comments:

Painter Gal said...

I love jellyfish....Comb jellies are my fav....never see them near the surface though....

Billie Crain said...

Using the black board for the jellyfish is proving very effective. I can imagine this jelly swimming the murky depths of the ocean.

Garden Groans said...

This is quite lovely. How frustrating for you to discover a scratch, though it's not apparent in your photo. I hope you figure out how to mask it.

GG

RH Carpenter said...

I hope you can fix that scratch - it's not noticeable in the photos you shared. This is really turning into a stunning work.

Jeanette said...

Jellies are neat Painter...I don't get to see them live often enough.

It does work well Billie, I like working on black.

Its very minor Garden, but in certain light I can see it. Its almost like a very pale pencil mark. I'll figure out another jellyfish to put in the distance perhaps to cover it.

Rhonda, no, its not noticeable in the image, but if you see the piece from a certain angle its visible. I'll work out something to disguise it. :)

Jean Spitzer said...

There is something so seductive about jellyfish images. This is striking.

jane minter said...

this is going to be stunning jeanette .

Gwen Bell said...

You've succeeded beautifully in capturing the translucent quality of the Jellyfish! Really beautiful work!

Jennifer Rose said...

shame about the mark :/ you have done such a wonderful job with the jelly fish. it can be so hard to make something look translucent sometimes and you have succeeded here

Hedera said...

I really like the effect of your jelly fish on the black board - it evokes a wonderful sense of deep water and silence!

Jeanette said...

Jean, jellyfish look so exotic don't they? I love their alien look.

Thanks Jane, its slowly building.

Thanks so much Gwen. The difference between translucent and stiff is a fine line sometimes.

Jennifer, black paper is like wearing white. Something always happens! :) I'll work around it. Its not a disaster but I see it.

Hedera, the drama of light against black works well and I was hoping for that dark water look to have it float there.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I really like your jellyfish, you capture their bulbous... can't think of the word..jellyness (?) so well. With the mark which I can't see on screen would it be possible to add some more to show movement in the water? as the jelly glides through? Or maybe acrylic or black pencil from the outside of the paper in so that it fades toward the jelly and so have a contrast of blacks? Just a thought..

Jeanette said...

Thanks Lisa. My thought was to add another jellyfish in the distance to go over the mark.

I'm not sure if additional lines would show movement or just look like lines. I'll have to experiment with some options on tracing paper and see what looks best.

Black paper. I love it. I hate it. :)

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
Work
thank you for sharing