Sunday, May 11, 2008

White on black

Broken egg
White charcoal on artagain 9 x12

I wanted to play with some dark paper today and this was the result. Drawing on black paper brings surprising results and each type of paper brings its own challenges. Some seem to just 'eat' the white and need several applications before it makes any impact.

The other problem with using white on black paper is that its difficult to erase cleanly. It erases fine in small areas that you'll be going over again, but for larger sections, there is a ghost left behind that doesn't disappear and too much rubbing will mar the paper's surface.

I'll keep working on this one and bring the smudged areas under control. I used some coloured pencil for the exposed yolk in this and like the touch of colour it adds. I'm not happy with the overall texture of the egg shell and will try to blend it to a smoother surface if possible.


Cathy Gatland said...

This is quite an eerie image - like something momentous is about to come out of that egg - quite lovely, and that bit of yellow just makes it!

Dave said...

It's really very effective already, despite your concerns.

Jeanette said...

It does seem a bit odd when drawing white on black Cathy. Drawing all lights make you think carefully.

Dave, thanks. I like the overall effect, I guess I'm a perfectionist at heart :)