Across the Pasture

Project Description

What type of piece is this? Drawing Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I used Canson Drawing art book 1557, 9"x12", smooth, medium texture; graphite pencils 2B, 1B, HB, H and 2H; and erasers. For several days at 4:30 PM, I sat on a stool at the same location, and worked for about one hour or more in order to keep the same light. I wore a sun hat also. Before I began, I spent time to select the area I wanted to sketch and the time of day I liked it best. I still found it confusing to work with moving shadows. I also used my thumb and index finger to make an "O" to see through to limit the scene. After I took a photo, I could see the shadows did not match so I tried to reestablish them before submitting the work. I found the more one looks at the scene and what you are drawing the more you see to fix from the initial sketch; one becomes more observant. I tried to keep the value darkest to lightest, front to back of the scene. But what does one do if the front is light to start? I was confused about that one. Is the piece for sale? No What are you most proud of? I was proud of trying to establish tone or value and line value. What advice would you give someone starting this project? To start this project, think about what you really want to show in the piece. Get all your materials together so that you can just go to the spot and draw with everything you need. It is upsetting to be there and be missing some little thing which is necessary. Start sooner than later.

What you will need

  • Graphite

Q&A with jamread1662549

Patrick Connors asked:
Hello jamread, In regards to the direction of the shadow, it can be invented or contrived; but, remember, it needs to confirm how you lit you trees and pasture. Why did it take you a great deal of time to find it naturally?
jamread1662549 answered:
As regards the shadow, I felt I needed to find that shadow mass to make the foreground be dark enough. Upon reflection, I believe one take any view and just adjust the darkness as the scene went back so that the entire scene would be lighter than starting with a shadow mass.