Studio Mysteries

August 24, 2009

Actual Creative Project I’m Working On

Filed under: Drawing — Tags: , — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 6:59 pm

It’s a really big drawing. About 5 by 4.5 feet. I was going to call it Family And Friends, but now I am thinking of naming it Big-Ass Drawing That Took Forever To Do.


The reason it’s going to take an ice age to finish is that I am doing the whole darn thing in pencil. Although this is the first creative piece I tried starting with a middle tone rubbed into the paper with charcoal. I absolutely fell in love with this technique and the kind of soft, velvety shifts in value you can have with it.


The other new thing I am loving is lost and found edges. I used to separate everything a lot more, and now I’m seeing how clearly you can show something with edges completely dissolved in places. The eye just fills in missing information, and if anything, it looks more convincing than something that is meticulously outlined.


  1. This looks great! I especially like the Meeka part and how soft and dream-like it is, but you knew that :).

    Have you heard of the artist George Tooker? This reminds me of his stuff, I think you would like it!

    Comment by sheila — August 25, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  2. Whoa! This is very special Anya. I think Meeka’s cushion is kid sis, am I right?

    It’s very exciting to see you so liberated, dispensing with preconceptions, using newly learned techniques to such fantastic effect.

    I’m also doing some pieces with softer edges, where I’m trying to restrain my tendency to include too much detail – as I realise that it can be responsible for headaches due to it causing the eye of the beholder to jump around in confusion.

    Comment by InkSplodge! — August 26, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  3. Shelia, I just discovered Tooker recently, and I liked him though not *loved* him 😀

    InkSplodge, close! I often start drawing people with no intent of making them into anyone I know, and then people I know just insert themselves. In this case, it was one of my sister’s school friends. Well, at least when I started the drawing, she was! And then they had a colossal falling out, and I was all, like, “…Oh.” But I kept the girl in the drawing.

    Some of the people in the picture are also people I know, but not everybody. Maybe I’ll do a diagram explaining who’s who, when it’s finished 😀

    Comment by Spatula — August 28, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  4. Very impressive undertaking. And I love your 2nd choice of title!

    Comment by Carol King — September 5, 2009 @ 2:46 am

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