It seems like I've been "finishing" this final Hawser drawing for weeks now - and actually - I have been! There are inumerable subtle adjustments to make, constantly checking tone against tone, shape against shape, edge against edge. I'm working to adjust shifts of emphasis and finessing shapes until, finally, the whole reads fully balanced. It's a time of great energy and high interest.
Like most of the other Hawser drawings, this one (titled "Slippage") is heavy on detail. There are large areas near the top though, that in my photo reference lack much detail - i.e. useful visual information. Consequently, I need to infer what I'm seeing (from fuzzy, out of focus areas in my photograph) and invent / create form where there is little to guide me.
That's where the training I received at the Schuler School of Fine Art atelier in Baltimore comes in mighty handy! There I learned how to effectively draw or paint the illusion of forms turning in space - how to transform two parallel lines into a tubular form - or make a flat geometric circle become a firm three dimensional "ball." Fun stuff - and essential knowledge for bringing this particular image home. Sure, I could go over and look for that section on the actual rope model - even take more reference shots of it - but, truly, not necessary! (nor necessarily an easier or better solution.) Having those drawing basics in my back pocket: invaluable! I'm working to bring the right and left upper thirds of the drawing into harmony with each other. The degree of "finish" in each section needs to follow a certain logic for the world of that image. Have I lost you? Pictures of the new drawing coming soon . . . which should help the discussion above make more sense!
on 2011-01-15 23:54 by Huguette May
Picture above shows "Slippage" completed.