Anatomy of a drawing
Last year, I was asked to donate some artwork to auction off at a bowl-a-thon fundraiser that a friend of mine organizes, to raise money for an organization in Northampton, MA that provides services, assistance and resources for People with HIV and AIDS.
I was flattered to be asked to do another drawing this year for the same fundraiser. We have gone to for the last three years, but I will miss it this year due to the blogger gathering in Delaware, which is the same weekend; however, I still wanted to show my support by donating an illustration for them to auction off. I thought it would be fun to show you my steps to creating a drawing.
Although I usually take my own photographs of my own friends/models to draw from, and or enlarge a smaller drawing a do from scratch, time was limited so I decided to work with one of the umpteen images I have saved from the internet. I admit I do not know this model nor the photographer, else I would give credit where credit is due. And I do not profit from this so I hope the art mafia goes easy on me here. Having said that, here’s how it works:
STEP 1 sort through 10 or 20 or 10,000 images for an image to draw:
STEP 2:Crop it and print it out
STEP 3: Pull out the overhead transparencies
STEP 4: Trace a silhouette of the photo onto the transparency
STEP 5: Set up the overhead projector
STEP 6: Lightly draw the silhouette onto the paper from the enlarged projection. (This is primarily to make sure my drawing stays proportionate.)
STEP 7: Begin the process of drawing in the picture from the photo, adding dimension and detail.
STEP 8: Finish the initial pencil drawing and rough shading
STEP 9: Add more shading and tone and smudge to blend the pencil strokes and lines
STEP 10: Shade around the object
STEP 11: Do a final comparison to the photo and tweak where necessary
STEP 12: Attach to the mat and place in the frame
Voila! Piece is complete. From start to finish, this was a 3 hour project for me.