Step-by-step articles concerning the development of a piece of artwork are very informative. They give an insight into how each artist thinks and works. Today I have posted a series of photos showing how I began and worked through the task of a drawing that will feature in my exhibition at Table Cape, Tasmania in September.
Table Cape Landscape, 70 x 30cm, Prismacolor pencils on Canson pastel board.
From the bottom: I always begin by drawing the required detail in line using a Polychromos 10% warm grey pencil. This particular pencil works well on the brown ochre-coloured pastel board that I work on and it’s easily erased. My Prismacolor pencils also have no problem covering the lines. For accuracy I often use a grid, but not always.
Once the details are added, I don’t have a set method of adding the colour. Some times I begin at the top and work down, or bottom to top, but it doesn’t matter where I start as my pencils rarely smudge and I’m careful with my work. On large drawings I often cover areas with cartridge paper. Big drawings can be quite overwhelming, but they are much easier to tackle if you concentrate on one area at a time and cover the rest.
At the end of each day I cover my drawings with 2 coats of fixative. When completed I add 2 coats of Crystal Clear UV spray, followed by another coat or two prior to framing.