Saturday, 1 August 2009

Golden Eagle study progress


This is yesterday's progress shot as it's now too dark to photograph the drawing well now.there's a little bit of glare showing up on this one after so much layering of graphite but it's coming along.When i started this drawing (in the dim and distant past now)i thought a nice simple study piece would be the antidote i needed after the 8 week marathon that was the greylag geese drawing.....nice,simple study! who was i kidding,this is taking me forever!.Each feather is being layered in turn using the same grades of pencil and so i'm having to take extra care that the repetitious nature of the rendering process does not reflect in the work itself.So far i think it's working well without looking overworked and so hopefully another couple of decent days in the studio should see this one complete.

5 comments:

Nolon Stacey said...

Looking great. I know you mentioned a few posts back that you were concerned that you may have gone too dark on the background, but it's allowing you to go darker with the eagle, which is really working well.

Dors said...

Great job Clive. Yes one can see the detail and must be hours and hours of work not to mention the patience.

Looking forward to each update.

Clive Meredith said...

nolon and dors,thankyou so much for your kind words.ive grown to quite like the extra tonal contrast provided by having the very dark background and your'e quite right it is allowing me to use some softer pencils here and there.i'm not sure whether its patience or sheer bloody-mindedness that keeps me going!

Ginger said...

I LOVE the depth you've created in this fellow's feathers around his neck and details surrounding his eye! Well Done!
-Ginger Brady

Clive Meredith said...

many thanks ginger,the neck and face were by far the trickiest bits to complete convincingly