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Friday, May 22, 2009

Lady In White

I have resumed work on this piece, and I am fairly happy with the way it is progressing.
I'm proceeding with the figure, and beginning development of the background/environment and atmosphere/light.

Lady In White
Graphite, 18 x 24"
(The photo is fairly dark.)
I found the Staedtler Mars Lumograph leads - that are less 'shiny' in the blacks - in the softer leads (B/2B) at Art Hardware in Boulder. I like using my drafting pencils. It probably goes back to my days as a technical illustrator - I just like the weight and 'feel' of the metal lead holder, and the ability to grind it to a precise point.
So now, I can work into the darks a bit more-
Day 2:
Graphite, F/B, 18x24"
The other night, I found a reference photo that struck a chord. That 'little inner voice' always brings about interesting things, good things. So I skteched the photo, and as I did, I was thinking about an old song from an old bandmate of mine, about the apparition of a woman who wanders the hills at night.
The next day I was visiting with one of my best friends, and I had brought my sketchbook to share with her.
As we were talking, she mentioned - quite unsolicited - a figure that she sees in her apartment from time to time. As she described her, I listened, without commenting. The figure she described just happened to be uncannily identical to the sketch I had brought to show her.
I got up, grabbed the sketchbook and said "Does she look like this?"

Her jaw dropped.
That was when I knew I was on to something. So I started a large-scale drawing.
Here is the first day's effort:
Graphite - Staedtler Mars Lumograph/F, 18x24"

The photographer is faestock on deviantART, and the model is Ana.

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