Yes, I am still doing the Sketchbook Challenge~~I have managed to keep my quasi-focus and have some nominal progress to show. I am thinking the next post I do (while working on this drawing) will be about an old working sketchbook I kept. It may be mostly photos. Not sure. But I think it is important to point out what I really work from, and how for me, this is to produce a finished product.
Well, last time I was mentioning about tinting a white page before use and I did the same again for this tag.
Except, somehow, the color got a little darker than I had wanted. Working with black in a wash is always iffy at best. I have had them dry to faint greys and then sometimes to charcoal.....not my intended colors.
The same here, a little too dark after I get the outline for the drawing on. I can barely see it, but I love-love-LOVE the other color in the background, sooooo......
Out comes my favorite weapon in my artist's arsenal; GESSO!
All I will have to do is give the area to be drawn a light wash and it will be ready to accept pencil and also let the background color show through. Funny, it just now struck me that I cover up the white to draw, then I cover it too much so I drag out the white again. Oh well. I can change my mind, right? ;-)
Now I have to do another *odd things in my hand* photo.
Jan over at Laughing Dog Arts and I have commented on how artists are the original recyclers. We occasionally joke about things we save and save......and SAVE.....which is not necessarily a bad thing! This glass container is what I always turn to when I need a tidbit of *something* for texture or to finish out a little piece. It is full of all sorts of oddities and broken pieces of dried and stamped paperclay items, twigs, an odd shell. I love poking through it when I need a little extra. Occasionally it is not the Genie Jar I think it is and doesn't yield up the answer, but the time spent sorting generally is enough mental zen-time to figure out what I want to do.
Okay, off ye go.