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 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