Friday, 27 March 2009
This is a detail of a sketch of that flooded quarry shown in my last post - you can see the whole sketch here
Carbon pencil isn't something I use very often as it isn't easy to get soft greys. This image called for intense blacks though and it worked quite well. I don't know what I've done with my little battery operated eraser so none of the drawing is done by drawing back into the darks with an eraser - my normal way of working.
Because the water level is high (it's very deep) and the rocks off to the left were in shadow, it wasn't possible to see any detail in the rocks. I concentrated on the reflections, tangled patterns and the assymetric arrangement of lights and darks .
It's on a rich cream cartridge paper (A4) that's very hard to scan and colour match.
I like cream paper to draw on - it isn't as stark as white - how about you?