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.





  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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