Sunday, May 26, 2013

Baby Field Mouse in Hand 3

I've had a lot on my mind this week, and there is no better place to sit and think than at the drawing board.  Solutions to every day problems come to me a little bit easier in the midst of sculpting a figure on paper .  The issues of the day are smoothed out with the layers of graphite and dissipate into the air.  It makes me a little ashamed of my tendency to take my art for granted in the fact that it will always be there waiting... 
Moving on... Here is the progress on the hand.  The depth of shadows are about where I want them to be.  The decision of the background hasn't been decided yet.  It will be either left the color of the Bristol or will go black like the photo.  I am leaning towards the black... We'll see.
The next portion of the composition to be shaded will be from the wrist to the little critter.  Then, the mouse will make his appearance.  The last two fingers will be the finish to the figure drawing.  After that, the background will be drawn in or not. ;) 
The composition is moving along steadily.  Usually, after being absent from the drawing board for a period of time, I have to regain my bearings.  Thankfully, this was not the case.  It felt as though no time had passed.  Just like reminiscing with an old friend... ;)  


Reflections From Life Art Blog said...

Brenda, you do such amazing work in graphite!!! The hands you draw are incredibly realistic!! I just love your work. Just a question: do you think you will ever tire of drawing hands? Lol! You certainly have them mastered.

~ Nancy

Brenda said...

Nancy... I don't know if I ever will be tired of hands. The more complicated the pose the better. ;) It's funny that rough sketches of hands are what I liked best in figure drawing back in college. Never thought it would go this far or ever get realistic enough for me. My son is my favorite hand model. Lol!

I would like to get some more face work in. I just haven't gotten a shot that makes me happy. I like a lot of my work to have a heavy flash to accentuate the shadows. It makes for a lot better realism with the graphite. :)

Reflections From Life Art Blog said...

Are you saying you use flash to get your shadows? Flash always wiped out my shadows, depth, and color. I must be doing something wrong.

Brenda said...

Hello Nancy... Your not doing anything wrong. You just do not have the el cheepo brand camera that I have. Lol!

I need the harsh highlights and strong shadows that resemble closely to an overexposed photo (Keeping in mind that I work with colored images when drawing). I am sure an auto exposure button would self correct the image. The in between shadows do not have to be as strong, and extremely light skin will translate normal when I am rendering, since graphite tends to make a darker skin tone already. . Also, the indoor pictures were, for the most part, taken in a room with very minimal light. I noticed the same camera in a brighter room does not give the effect that I want. :(

I will definitely have to figure out another method, when I get the Dslr that I am saving for. OR... I guess I could fiddle with normal pictures in photo shop. Hmmm... Now that I am thinking about it. If I created color work, I am not sure this method would be beneficial.

Thanks for making me think about why I am drawn to certain images. I might go play with some photos at pic monkey and see if I can make them usable for me. :)