Saturday, July 2, 2011

Stone Eagle

The last post on the addictive and coercive qualities of using "machines" in producing "art" was rather depressing for some reason.  So I want to cleanse the mental palette with a simple process watercolor example.  It was based on a photograph taken years ago in a cemetery, and was inspired by the idea that focus can be created with color temperature, and back lighting is an exciting option.

This is not a watercolor "how to" blog, so the basics are...  trace image in pencil on 140lb Arches cold pressed paper.  Wet and stretch onto a plywood board using gunned tape.  Let dry.   Using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache and a good red sable brush (#3,7, & 10)... begin...

The first wash was aimed at setting the background, and starting the general shading of the back-lit sculpture.

 The Second wash brings the sculpture into a cool tone to contrast with the warm background.  Detailing is started when the wash is dry.

Final washes on the body to define the shapes, accent the contrast, and vary the cool base with some warmth from the background.  Then, final detailing.

Not a big deal, but a nice example of subtle color and value at work.  Maybe something I can apply to an architectural rendering one of these days.

Art without discipline is onanism; discipline without art is boring.

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