Studio Mysteries

October 25, 2009

Big Group Portrait, State 3

Filed under: Drawing — Tags: , , — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 11:28 pm

I have spent the past month going to class and trying to beat this drawing into coherence. That’s it. It’s easier to reconcile myself to leaving LA because if all I do is scrath at this drawing, I can do so anywhere, even in Alaska. There is really no point to all this beach if I would rather be in front of my easel anyway!

(There, that seems to be working).

The thing I learned since the last time I posted about this drawing is that  sharp vs. diffuse edges make almost as much of a difference in the composition as value. I kept reducing value in certain areas until I noticed that edge contrast has an equal amount of power and focus as value contrast. Now if I want something to shut up, my first step is to examine edges rather than how light or dark something is in relation to everything else.

It’s been a beast of a project, some kind of a dark abyss that sucks in labour hours and bends the laws of physics, but it’s amazing how much I have learned from it. (But it will be a while before I no longer hate its guts).

I am still a bit away from finishing, but the drawing is starting to be a lot less of a din, which is all I want from it at this point.

bigass_drawing_state3

I cannot, for the life of me, take a good photo of a graphite drawing.

Side-by-side comparison of the previous state I posted (the right side of the drawing looks brighter in #2, but only because there is a lamp right next to it):

bigass_drawing

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2 Comments »

  1. Thank-you for sharing your progress with this and also your feelings about it.

    Comment by lesliepaints — October 26, 2009 @ 3:31 am

  2. Heeyyyy! It’s so fascinating to see the two together for comparison, thanks for showing us. I appreciate that a photo can’t do it justice but it’s plain to see that it’s really coming along. I note that the cat has deserted the girl’s lap in favour of some fish and the peeking boy is now interested, but shy – rather than afraid. Please don’t hate this drawing…it’s enchanting. Also very original. One thing that amazes me is how you’ve managed to create this from inside your head and not from a photograph.

    Comment by InkSplodge! — October 26, 2009 @ 5:25 pm


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