Thursday 19 May 2016

Art process: 'Bird'

'Bird' 2016

line drawing and first layer of colour
using Copic and Promarker

filling in top of sky and tee-shirt
using Chafford markers

more depth added with 
mix of markers

final piece after shadows created with copic and Mars Chroma 
colour pencils and definition added with Pentel brush pen.
Eyes highlighted with white uni-ball Signo pen.

Whether from reading an article or watching a video that's emotional I had an image in my head of a grief stricken face. The bird came after I'd started drawing - often I have no idea what the finished image will be before I begin to draw. Sometimes in drawing ideas comes to mind and I either discard them or go with them. I liked how the feathers curled around her face.

I knew the sky needed to be disturbed, stormy, like the skies I used to paint in my landscapes at art college. I echoed the style of the sky in blue nearer ground, a sort of symbol of hope perhaps.

I added further hair added to the right hand side, darkening the face thinking it might give a more dramatic finish. I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out as there was some shadow colored there before I drew the hair. But, some pieces finish well (like Sea Pearl) and others are a learning exercise.

Tomorrow's blogpost: 'Smash Books' 

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