Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Human Canvas - Drawing on Many Lessons.
...Let's go back to the beginning.
At the end of an earlier entry for The Human Canvas, entitled Not Sleepless In Seattle (link to it HERE) I said something about it being the first entry of 2012, and that "the house sitter may be next...if'n she's still up for it."
Boy was she up for it.
But we'll get back to that.
Shaelyn came over with a specific image in mind.
An idea for a future tattoo.
This is about what it would be...just about where it would be.
I wasn't initially gonna include the above photo, but it kinda looks like I colored in her eyes with the same marker, doesn't it?
Okay. Back to the drawing(s).
Shaelyn's a cool, art-minded person, and we chatted about the process as we went. I was telling her about a type of blending that I'd be playing with that evening - she stuck out her arm to serve as a blank slate for a demo, as I explained how I'd be melding these two shades of blue.
The demo tuned into a bonus piece for the evening.
But again...back to the drawing(s).
A quick, quick background, with just a touch of that blending technique on both the seahorse and the background...
...Well, done with the seahorse anyway.
Now...time to PLAY!
Making marks with the orange, then drawing it out (as it were) with a yellow.
Some detail with a fine line...
...Then something heavier...
...And remembering that as the background gets colored in...
...her skin will show up AS another color...
...So extend those fins and the tail with just a series of dots...
...which gives it just a bit of a looser, frayed edge.
(((Okay. Same moment - different angle. She was actually prepping for class during a great deal of this session. But...again...back to the drawing(s).)))
Some scales and detail later - time to start playing with that blend again.
Really - just a series of marks with any dark tone...
...pulled and spread with a lighter tone.
Now going back to another method...
...A series of rough, fine line sketches...
Just a different type of smear, with a different tool.
I'm sure a garden rake would give a different look as well...
...But wouldn't feel too good.
The leaves...a dark green mark - pulled down and out with a lighter marker.
A bit more dark green again to give a varied tone...
...And some black for definition.
JUST a bit. NOT going overboard.
JUST enough for some depth.
Look close...over and over...
...And I think we're done.
Oops. Except for a signature.
The photo below is the same as the top of the page, but it's a nice photo, and catches both the seahorse and the back piece.
And I couldn't resist....
...Drawn and Quartered.
Shaelyn's made it clear, not only HOW close she lives, but that if these only last a few days...
"...we can go at it again in - what - 5 days or so?"
It was a great sitting...and there'll be more to come.