Thursday, July 16, 2009
I've started to layout a complex drawing of the rocks that make up the cliffs and slide into the sea at Flatrock. The layers of rock are multi-textured and combined with a slice or two of sea is challenging. To ensure that I was on the right track, I decided to grid the piece so I could get the proportions right and have some semblance to the rocks as after awhile they start to all look alike. Its a bit like putting together a puzzle. If you look away, you lose your place.
I chose a piece of Bainbridge hot press illustration board which is too smooth to take layers of graphite, so I will try this in pen and ink once I get the initial drawing in place. The board is 15 x 20, so the drawing may take awhile to complete. However I like having complex pieces to work on while I do other drawings or paintings. Its something I spend a few minutes or a few hours on depending on my mood and end up rather missing the process once its complete.
The image of the start of the drawing is poor. Its taken under artificial light and adjusted so that you can actually see the lines which are drawn in a hard pencil so they can be erased or gone over without showing. However, it does give an idea of the structure of the rocks and the image below shows a section of rock similar to what I will be drawing.