Studio Mysteries

October 1, 2009

More Drawing Bits

Filed under: Drawing — Tags: — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 5:26 am

I’m starting to like the details of this drawing a lot. That’s because details are the easy part! The hard part is wrangling them all into a whole. Before all these learnin’s, I’d just draw until it looked done. Now I have more specific demands for the piece, I want it to do this and that, and NOT do that and this.

In multi-figure compositions, clatter and din are the biggest obstacles. There are all these players that have to be orchestrated into sounding like actual music, and quite frankly, it’s a little like herding cats.

Slow going, but it’s getting there. And the separate bits are shaping up.

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7 Comments »

  1. Love how you’ve developed the little boy. Your lost edges are superb. Love seeing some of your project up close.

    Comment by lesliepaints — October 1, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  2. Leslie’s right, you’ve given us a special treat. (Like scones with cream and jam…mmmm!) This soft, gentle fading and edge-softening works very well – don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it before. Also, their expressive eyes are spot on, you’ve captured their souls.

    I meant to say that the new blog theme gets the InkSplodge seal of approval – it displays your work really well with huge images doing your work justice.

    Comment by InkSplodge! — October 2, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

  3. These parts of the big-ass painting are amazing. Your pencil lines are so soft!

    Comment by Carol King — October 4, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

  4. Lesliepaints, would it upset you to learn that it’s actually a girl? 😀

    InkSplodge, well, now you done gone and made me crave bakery products. My jeans cry out for mercy. Or possibly vengeance. Re. blog theme, I’m still not very satisfied and chances are I am not going to be satisfied until I design one of my very own, but lately I just don’t have the energy to get to it. All in good time though 🙂

    Carol, thank you! I look forward to making something more rowdy, but I’m enjoying the velvety effect in the meantime.

    Comment by Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries — October 8, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    • Heavens no! I’m sorry I called her a little boy. It certainly doesn’t change the fact that your lost edges are superb!

      Comment by lesliepaints — October 8, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

  5. I feel like I’m looking at a faded antique photograph. I’m also imagining these as a particular technique artists used around the turn of the 20th century by capturing realism without the use of contour lines. The light tone shows how they’ve faded over time. I guess the that particular era came to mind because the girl’s gaze resembles a idea I remember reading from a Virgina Wolf novel.

    Comment by vdego — October 15, 2009 @ 12:39 am

    • Now I’m intrigued – what Virginia Woolf reference are you talking about?

      Faded photograph is kind of what I had in mind! *perks up*

      Comment by Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries — October 15, 2009 @ 3:26 am


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