I took a moment to find the Inktober drawing I did that is the basis for the painting Doggie in a Diner. I like the mix of textures in this very much. The poodle is furry and the bag is lacy on one side and velvet on the other, and then we have the smooth glass of the maple syrup dispensers sitting in metal holders….and faux wood table top…and more glass and metal with the salt and pepper shakers…..and in the background a bit of nature with the sky and a few plants crushing up against the window.
I wasn’t thinking about all the textures when I drew this. I drew it in pencil first. I can’t remember if I drew it in pencil and traced it onto card stock or if I drew on the cardstock and then inked it in. I think I drew on the cardstock and inked it in. My aim was an accurate drawing. Comparing it to the photo I worked from, it could be a bit more accurate and so I am having to make adjustments here and there as I mentioned in the last post.
Composition is hit or miss I guess. If it looks good to me I don’t think too much further than that. I have studied a little bit about composition – for example how to balance smaller and larger shapes and what is a good number of shapes you should have and where should they be placed…..and then balancing the places you put lights and shadow and hues and intensities is a whole other fashion show.
After I transferred it onto the cardstock for the painting, I realized the cardstock was a bit flimsy for this but persevered because it is a study for a final project on canvas if I get that far. In places where the wetness of the acrylics was just about to soak through the paper altogether, I let that thinned paper dry and then brushed over it with paint straight from the tube allowing the paint to add a layer to the paper so I could work on top of that with the next layer.
There are a lot of ways I have to be creative aside from dreaming up compositions and the drawing and painting and so forth. I spend an enormous amount of time figuring out how to save a project about to go wrong. I have had more projects go wrong than not and sometimes think I stand a good chance of having things turn out well going forward because I have made every mistake possible and just MUST a some point stumble upon a working method by accident or design.
I suspect I am no natural talent so it has always been difficult to the point I don’t know why I go on with it. 😦 Well. What can I say. It seems I have to put something, anything down on paper. A scribble or a planned drawing or a blob of paint or a carefully placed and planned daub and that first dab or mark has to be studied because it will give me information on how to proceed – sort of like gazing into a crystal ball.