Sunday, January 14, 2007

Head in the clouds

I've been playing with clouds and skies in a landscape class by Diane Wright. Landscapes have always been something I've tackled reluctantly but like most things, once you break it down into smaller, more manageable sections, it become doable.

This working drawing was done on Strathmore Windpower Drawing paper that, at least for this technique, didn't please me much. There was too much tooth on the paper to allow me to blend smoothly. As a result the sky and clouds have a grainy look that I'm not happy with.

I'm having a problem getting a reasonable image of this drawing as well, either with the scanner or through a digital photo. Seems the lack of light is against me day or night lately. I was even at the point of considering buying a new camera to see if that helps with the problem, then sanity returned, albeit briefly.

I'll let my head stay in the clouds a few days longer. Its often a nicer place to be than reality.


Katherine said...

Have you tried scanning as if it was a colour image?

I like using Arches HP best as it lends itself to nice smooshing and blending.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Not for this image, but I will. Its quite frustrating me to get a decent scan with this image.

I'll have a look for Arches HP when next I'm in the art store and try a piece. Thanks.