Sunday, 28 March 2010

Black Leopard drawing progress


The body is more or less complete now with lots of layering upto 5B to get the fabulous blacks in the darkest areas.ive now started on the cat's head with some initial application of H grade pencil and over the next few days i will be tentatively applying tone area by area building up the shape and form and attempting to capture the shine on the coat.

5 comments:

Lynda Schumacher said...

Clive, I was wondering if you had done something to 'save' the whiskers, so had to go back and read the posts I may have missed. They really POP off the darks. Looking good.

Lene said...

Hi Clive
it is a thrill to watch this develop. I notice you apply softer leads over harder, don't you ever get the problem that the softer will not apply evenly on the harder graphite layer? Well, it looks awesome anyway :)

Nolon Stacey said...

Looking excellent Clive. I find it fascinating how differently you and I work. For example, I have never applied harder grades of graphite before darkening with softer grades, and I rarely layer. I guess that's due to both of us being self taught - we've made up techniques that work for us, rather than having been taught 'standard' techniques.

Clive Meredith said...

hi lynda,yep the whiskers were indented to preserve them without the hassle of trying to draw around or lift out.they are a little too white but i hope to rectify that later on.
thanks Nolon,youv'e hit the nail on the head there really,experimentation takes a little while but in developing our own style we bring a uniqueness to our work which customers and fans appreciate.

Clive Meredith said...

hi lene and welcome to the blog.i think the secret to ensuring that the various layers of graphite can be overlayed successfully may rest to a certain extent on the type of paper used and the amount of tooth in it.i use hot pressed watercolour paper which is very smooth but i stretch it first in water to make the cotton fibres rise and gie a little tooth to the surface of the paper that will accept many layers.