I've always intended to make the photo I took of the two magpies that I published some months ago into a drawing, and today I had an unexpected free morning in which to do so. They were definitely asking to be rendered in pen rather than pencil and I then sploshed some water colour over the top. Halfway through I was having grave misgivings, but I ploughed on and once I started the background, felt much happier. Now it's finished, I'm quite pleased with it. I'll be interested to see what you think. Here are a few progress pictures:
I started by roughing out the shapes of the two birds and their perches.
Heads first, starting with a .25mm Rotring pen.....
Moving on to a .35mm one for the larger black areas. Neither bird's eyes were really distinct and it took a while for me to have the courage to darken them as they should be.
Here the birds are almost done and I've started the long process of filling in the twiggy background.
More twigs and leaves and some dotting in of slight shadows in their white parts.
YET more leaves and twigs and shadows, building up the depth of the background.
And finally the colour. Muted greens and grey browns with a flash of blue on the magpies seen in the finished picture again below. Until next time.....
Like how you have taken the progress photos, so nice to see how you went about this. Excellent painting and drawing work Em. No wonder you took time on this, it was worth it.ReplyDelete
I love when I can just sit and spend time on a project without having to stop and start all the time. My quiet work time seems to be later at night. I think it is from going to school, jobs and then spending time at night doing my art.ReplyDelete
I really like seeing how you progressed in your drawing.
Lovely, I really liked it.
What a lot of thought, then work, going into this Em. Lovely as everything always you post.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ann - much appreciated from you!ReplyDelete
Parsnip - I would never have managed it without having this morning's work cancelled. I can't work at night any more. My eyes are closing by 10.00pm!
Cindy - thank you....more work than thought though! That's when I faltered; thinking too much about what was wrong with it. x
I really like it! You used your time wisely Yoda ;) xReplyDelete
I am totally in awe of someone who can draw. It's fascinating to see how this one was built up.ReplyDelete
It is lovely!
A beautiful painting and drawing :) Fascinating to see how the drawing has developed from scratch. How I wish I could paint/draw!ReplyDelete
Thank you all - so pleased you like it. Perhaps if I put it on Etsy with a 'love birds' tag, someone might buy it for Valentine's Day!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful Em! I love to see a work in progress as it is always fascinating to see how others work. You have captured the Magpies so well!ReplyDelete
Glad to see you are drawing again, you have so much talent!
Thanks Gail....sadly, trying to print it is not going so well! The black of the birds is bleeding so that the tiny bits of white making up the texture are disappearing. More experimental work required....ReplyDelete
I do love your "evolution of a drawing posts".ReplyDelete
You have captured the "roundness" of the magpies so well - how they are fluffed up against the cold.
Thank you for showing us the way your work developed.
Years ago Em I took a studio art course at University. I was working on a big oil painting (3 x 2 meters) and had roughed out the lines with a black wash. After working for a while, the instructor came over to examine my progress. "Is it finished" he asked. "No I have just started" I said feeling somewhat surprised. He said: "Well it could be" in a questioning voice.ReplyDelete
I love your presentation of the evolution of this picture. So many 'finished' steps and each so different, and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
beautiful em, you have a wonderful talent. xxReplyDelete
Thelma - It was pretty cold that day so I'm glad it's come over. I have another owl drawing to get on to next but before that, some stain block needs painting on the landing ceiling....priorities!ReplyDelete
Mark - Art is so subjective isn't it? I'm incredulous at some of the stuff my friends like but then they probably hate the stuff I like so there you are. Cotman is my favourite artist of all time I think. I'd like to have seen the outline your tutor liked so much.
Bev - thank you!
How I envy you your talent. Another delightful picture and I loved seeing the many steps that went into the finished product.ReplyDelete
Thanks Carla. I've just finished a tiny drawing/painting of a Northern Spotted Owl but I'm not sure about it. I should have asked for a larger file size to work from but was too impatient having decided I was going to do it. Am still having HUGE problems printing the Magpies so the owl doesn't bode well either! May have to sell them as originals I think.ReplyDelete
That is so lovely and fascinating to see it emerge from the paper and your talented hand. Magpies are regular visitors to our garden and Mama magpie has taught her babies to pilfer cat biscuits from the outside cat feedbowl (for the two strays we feed).ReplyDelete
You are a VERY good artist you know.
Am feeling distinctly the opposite at present so thank you very much for making my evening. These two magpies are regulars too now and steal great hunks of my bird porridge from the smaller birds. I'm not quite sure if that's better or worse than the cat food! Lovely to hear from you and keeping my fingers crossed for the return of service.ReplyDelete
I wish I was as talented as you...I would love to be able to draw some of my animalsReplyDelete
I have a proposition for you regarding your animals actually....will be in touch.ReplyDelete