Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Drawing Mary Finished!

This turned out to be a great study in the art of the value study! The darkness of the glass, which basically works like the background, really changed how I needed to handle the values of the images within the piece. I ended up putting the glass into a layer in Photoshop so I could easily adjust the value and decide what was working best. When I add the color, I plan on going very warm with her hand and face. I might also darken their value slightly. But for now, this will work great for the under painting.


Danette Haworth said...

I haven't checked in for a few days, and I actually drew my breath in after the picture loaded.

I love the rays behind her.

Catherine J Gardner / Phoenix Rendell said...

WOW! Fabulous artwork. I checked out your previous posts for 'Drawing Mary' and it is fascinating to see how the picture develops. Kudos.

Don Tate II said...

Looks like you are using a technique that I'm experimenting with right now. You make it look easy. I'm struggling. I look forward to seeing how you progress.

Sheri said...

This is great. I can't wait to see the colors!

LindaBudz said...

Still in awe.

karin said...

wonderful work - I also can't wait to see it in color

Jen said...

Wow! I go away for a few weeks and come back to this! I love watching art-in-progress, though how it's actually done mystifies me.

Beautiful, Gail. Are you drawing by hand on paper then scanning into the computer, or do you use a digital tablet, or something else? You said you're using graphite, so this must be on paper and scanned, right? Yet you made the window a separate layer. Is it a separate drawing?

Will we see the color version?

gail said...

Thanks everyone for all the support!

I noticed I titled this thread "Drawing Mary-Finished!" I was wrong! And not happy with the leaves. So they have been changed. I'll be sure to show the color final so you can see these changes.

Don, glad I at least "make" it look easy. In a some ways this process makes things a "little" quicker for me. And using an under painting seems to give a lot of depth to the CP's.

Jen, it is graphite on paper drawn by hand. I just did the glass on a velum overlay and scanned it into Photoshop (and a separate Layer)so I could adjust the value and decide on the effect I wanted. This also gave me the ability to play with the transparency. After I finish my B&W graphite drawing I scan it and print it out on my art paper anyway. This then becomes the "base" for my color final. I'm trying to use technology to speed things up where I can. I might try coloring that layer in Photoshop before I print it out. I did a similar thing on my "First Snow" piece with great success.

I'll go label my earlier Work-in-progress posts in case you want to take a look.