Friday, 25 March 2016

My Tree

Hi Everyone,

This week, I managed to catch up on another bonus lesson from week 7 of Life Book 2016 - The Art of Black & White with the legendary Donna Downey. Donna encouraged us to experiment with using only black, white and shades of grey to make a picture.

There is a tree in my garden, just outside my workroom window. I love trees, and I really enjoy watching this one in particular as it changes through the seasons. In the summer, it provides a shady canopy to sit under, throwing dappled sunlight onto the seat below. At the moment, it's still bare of leaves, but its bark is a beautiful silvery colour, with moss and lichen growing on it in places.

It was quite a challenge to use only black/white/grey but I really enjoyed working on this and eventually I was very happy with the result ...

 I started with a rough pencil sketch, then outlined with Inktense water soluble pencil and used a watery brush over the lines to start adding some shading. It was too cold to sit outside and work from life, so I took a photo to help me ...

I used several different media to try to indicate the texture of the bark and add more depth - Caran d'Ache Neocolour II and Derwent Art Sticks which are both water soluble crayons, Faber Castell Pitt Pens, Prismacolour pencils, Wispa markers, graphite pencil and Stabilo china marking pencils - so this really was a very mixed media project, although there is no colour in it.

Here's a closer look at the texture and detail ...

It was great to flex my "proper drawing" muscles again too - something I haven't done for a long time - I may have a go at some still life and figure drawing using the same techniques. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you are all enjoying a happy Easter weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing. I ust ate chocolate for breakfast, so mine is off to a good start! :o)

See you again soon

Annie xxx


Aimeslee Winans said...

Very nice work. xoxo

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

It looks just like the real thing! You did so well with this Annie, the shading is perfect, and you wrote so beautifully about the tree. Wishing you a Happy Easter!