Thanks kindly to *Dream-traveler
for allowing me to draw his beautiful photo. I hope I didn't mess it up much.Work in Progress: More drawings
I will start with the end. Because I use a very cheap brand of thin paper, the consecutive layers of pen make everything look waved, and that became utterly evident in the scanner. It's not like that in the real piece.. To me, it was too striking and diverged attention from the whole picture. So I decided to take a photo with my cheap camera, and increasing the light killed it even further. Ergo, I went for the simplest and more faithful to the paper drawing. A photo.
First challenge was to choose the medium in which I'd draw: pencil or pen. But considering the high contrast and black areas of the photo, it was a topic easily overcomed with the natural choice of pen.
Likewise, after 2 days of sketching the outline in pencil, I started inking the dark contrasted parts first. Seemed like the easiest way to get interested and really engaged in finishing the work, and also to see how I would have to plan the lighter parts and the whole shadow/light play that the original photo is gorgeusly full of. And that indeed worked. It's extremely good to look at one's drawing and thing "Damn I like this".
I know I fail at anatomy and that was one of the reasons why it took me 2 days to just sketch stuff in their overall place. I tried to disguise it a bit with the pen shading later, but it's quite hard to disguise something that relevant. I hope it's not too monstrous at least. I got lazy with the background, so it took me over 3 days just to finish it.
I do love the photo and wanted to attempt to draw it, but the main reason why I did it was because my mother loved the shot.
, model and photo by
. Do check his gallery because it's fantastic
Size: slightly smaller than A4
Time taken: almost 2 weeks, around more than 15 hours probably
Materials: slightly smaller than A4 paper, pencil with no measures and rubber for the outline sketch, 1 black BIC ballpoint penMusic list: For All Seasons [link]
and the cover of Storm
(original by Vivaldi) [link]
by Yanni's orchestra. If you've never listened AND watched these people playing, you simply lack an important piece of your culture. They are inspiring to say the least.
And yes, I admit I would find myself attempting to sketch at the same speed and in sync with Samvel Yervinyan's and Sayaka Katsuki's violins
it's quite funny though.