“Descending to Driftwood”
Paper: Hahnemuhle Nostalgia 190g/m
A beautiful tree with so many contrasting features of lights/darks, focus/blurring, rough/smooth and ultimately the struggle of life to driftwood.
On the previous post, Experience the Landscape, I mentioned the technique of using a ruler to clean the drawing edges after using the chamois to smooth out the graphite. Here is a short video showing the method I use to create sharp edging.
Materials used are:
Place the paper on the board, lined up at the edge of the board. Lay the t-square on the paper and make sure the paper and the ruler are squared up. Line the eraser to the edge of the ruler and run it down the outside edge of the ruler. I carve a chisel edge on the eraser for a sharper line.
This works particularly well on shaded skies. I do not use this technique for areas with heavier applied graphite as it will smear and press the graphite into the paper.
Step one: Shading the sky is the first step to a landscape. Applying the graphite in a light cross-hatching layer and then using a chamois to create a smooth even tone.
Step two: I use a t-square and mars white eraser to remove the graphite on the edges, creating a crisp, straight border.
Step Three: Cloud formations are created by using a kneaded eraser to lift the graphite from the paper. Additional applications of light graphite, blending and lifting of graphite are used to build the clouds.
Step Four: After the sky is established, the middle and foreground areas can then be started….
My blog has been neglected for way too long! The last post was over 6 years ago. Over the past few years, I have focused my attention to smaller drawings and sketches. This collection is a sampling of these. The smallest is approximately 1-1/2” x 2” and the largest 3-1/2” x 4”. Using a smooth paper in a sketchbook called “Minimalism Art”, I am able to shade a background with graphite and then smooth it with a chamois. Now the entire surface is an even tone base to start building up the darks, shapes of trees , textured grass and reflective water. A kneaded eraser is used to lighten areas of clouds or the sun.