Monday, May 25, 2009

Sample photo for next Piece in Progress (Title unknown)

On the new piece I have begun I wanted to concentrate on how I create buildings and the techniques I use to do so. I have included a photo of North Republic, Michigan the subject I have chose to do. You can substitute what ever you want and I strongly encourage you to do so but if you want you can work along with this one.
I am roughly about 50% completed with this piece and on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being simple and 10 being extremely difficult I would rate this piece an 8 due to the fact that this will be mostly stippling and fine line work.
If you will be using the same subject photo as I am I suggest printing photo out as a 4” x 6” photo. Once you do that graph the photo out and then ready your working surface and then transfer that same graph to it by using this as a rule when graphing…if you have 1” squares graphed out on your photo then you can either transfer the same size to your work surface or what I do is enlarge it by at least a 1” = 1 ½” scale. Do not enlarge much over 2”. If you do go over 2” it will tend to distort the subject when transferring the sketch.
Get the graphing and layout sketch completed while waiting for next Monday’s post.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Cold Decembers Day...Final Lesson and Sample for piece.

Now to complete the piece I completed the distant tree line much as I explained in the April 16th post but I will only use my .25 mm pen and I will not worry about any detailed trees, just use small vertical lines and remember to layer them and then if you have enough space add some very small pine trees by just scribbling them in quickly.
I then will take my .30 m pen and finish stippling in the area along the road. You will have to determine how much you want in your piece but I decided to stay true to this area and add some deer tracks along with my nieces footprints in the snow. Keep in mind where your source of light is and then stipple everything in according to how the shadows will fall. Once I have that completed I will then complete the sky by using my .30 mm pen and stippling in the clouds and filling in around those clouds with very tight uniformed stippling. Once that is finished I switch to my .25 mm pen and then add fine detailed stippling to the clouds. Just some loose stippling will work well. Refer to the completed piece for more detailed sample photo.
In the next post I will begin a new piece that I have yet come up with a certain title yet. This piece is more complicated and will once again have use of conte’ pencils again. Choose what subject photo you want to work on and then have your work surface prepared for next lesson.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Through My Eyes in Black & White" at the Kerredge Gallery, 126 Quincy Street. Hancock, Michigan 49930

I apologize for no posts in the past few weeks but my younger sister Karen passed away in late April and I have been mourning her loss and will continue to do so for quite some time. But I do want to again apologize for the lateness in my posts and will continue where I left off in April on May 11th 2009 and ask for your understanding and patience.
I also would like to remind everyone that “Through My Eyes in Black & White” has opened at the Kerredge Gallery located in the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock Michigan. The exhibit runs through May 5th -30th 2009 with a public reception on Thursday May 7th from 6pm-8pm but as of right now I do not feel I will be up to the Gallery talk so a statement will be read if I cannot make the opening reception and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but hope you will understand.
I will continue Lessons and Samples from Aprils lessons on May 11th 2009. Thank you.