Progress!

•August 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment
bull detail

bull detail

Just finished getting the bull roughed in.

Just finished getting the bull roughed in.

Here is the latest effort of getting the bull elk in place. The sequence is reversed here but you can see the texture and the background started in the detail picture. I’m pleased to get past this daunting part. I was nervous about this bull since it is the most important part of the composition. I’ll refine him more as the habitat is filled in. I’m on a pretty good roll now until it’s complete.

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Refinements in progress

•August 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Detail of bull elk

Detail of bull elk

I’ve moved my easel to my studio at Fort Drum so I can draw while I’m at work.  The bull has been filled out a little and now I’m refining some details. Next I’ll be roughing in the background in order to start tying this together.

Getting past a mental road block.

•August 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Adding the bull elk

I’ve talked recently about loosing confidence with this new approach. I realize that I’ve been just plain intimidated and scared of this thing. It dawned on me over the weekend when I tried to sit down to work and just didn’t feel good about it. I felt apprehensive. So… I rearranged my studio, switched the board back upright and moved it across the room. I felt like a dog spinning around before finally settling down to sleep.

That is actually when I realized I was afraid. Afraid of not getting the perfect line put down to capture the essence of the animal. Realizing that more was on the line and there was no where to hide.

Jack Hines, an artist said it best…

“…Drawing speaks directly to the viewer about the mind, soul and hand of the artist without pretense or falsehood”.

There is NO WHERE to hide! So face it head on, step way outside the comfort zone and move forward. The one confidence you do have is that you gave it your best.

Remembering the way.

•July 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Two more calves and a cow

Two more calves and a cow

I was able to draw today unlike many days over the past three weeks. I’m very pleased to have added three more deer to this work. Just the bull elk left to finish before I start on the habitat. Because this is a totally new approach I’m using to my work I have to relearn it each time I get to sit at the drawing table. I’m anxious to see the finished work in order to judge if it’s a success. More time tomorrow to add the bull, I’m READY!

Cave Painting

•June 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Right side of drawing

Right side of drawing

The work so far today gives me the impression of cave paintings I’ve seen.  I like that thought as this high contrast drawing progresses.  I am working with vine charcoal and my fingers only.  That forces me to keep the work loose.  I’ve done very little detail work where needed around the face.

Detail of drawing

Detail of drawing

I’ll work on the bull next.  I’m excited about the rack of antlers and the shadow they cast across the back.

Putting the charcoal to the panel.

•June 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Initial tone with a few highlights pulled out.

Initial tone with a few highlights pulled out.

Finally underway with a medium tone of powdered charcoal rubbed onto the the entire board.  Some initial highlights have been lifted out with a kneaded erasure.

Shadow areas being developed.

Shadow areas being developed.

Once some highlights were done I put in some dark areas to begin to show volume ot the drawing.  Using vine charcoal and carbon pencil at this point.  Also finger tip smudging as well.

One hours work.

One hours work.

Tomorrow I’m taking a day off to work on this so I’m hoping to get a lot done.  We’ll see how many interruptions plague me!

Getting a start on it.

•May 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Elk sketch detail

Detail of Elk sketch

I have transferred the linear drawing to the finish panel to get this work started. I’ll begin the drawing by putting in a base tone of charcoal over the entire surface. This gets the board a bit dirty and takes away any inhibition I may have of actually beginning the work. A perfectly white board can be very intimidating at the start.  I’m hoping things will flow smoothly once I get going and make the first move.