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Category Fine Art
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
Style Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This is a lake view with a bridge in the mid distance and a bench on the far shore. I had trouble making the lake look like water with the reflections and all. I used the albertian veil and attempted atmospheric perspective.

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Hello SistyKay, Congratulations on this drawing. In this and the last drawing of the Amish surrey you ave made some impressive progress. Also, you are to be congratulated for undertaking such ambitious projects. One thing that is of concern is the tonal structure or perhaps more accurately how you approach it. Do you first place an overall value where needed? Or rather, do you start in several places and then start to develop specific parts. In this regard, the immediate foreground and distant background are good. You may wish to consider another solution for along the river bankside: A bit more variation in direction and tone with the riparian plants. The palm tree [?] front left side is quite good in its atmospheric qualities. It may have been better for the overall spatial composition if the entire tree had been included and not had its top truncated.

02/10/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] Where the tonal structure is at its least convincing is the trees in the middleground. Their tonal rendering, especially their cast shadows on the ground, brings them forward and the outlining of the foliage cancels some of the atmospheric perpsective. It may help to take a black & white image of the scene and compare the tonal structure in both. This is not to say that you should work from a photograph, working form nature is preferred for these assignments. It may just help for you to see certain things with the color removed. All-in-all a fine effort. Also, you are making the Albertian Veil work you. I look forward to the posting of your next drawing.

02/10/2014 Flag

Thanks. You bring up the very issues that I found to be problematic. I'll work on it. I also still have a quandary about how to make water look like water in this medium. Thanks.

02/13/2014 Flag

Hello SistyKay, You are welcome, do not get overly concerned with the water looking like water. If it behaves as a flat ground place that is half the battle. Then reflections, ripples, etc will be relatively easily forged onto that plane.

02/24/2014 Flag