So, if you couldn’t guess from the title of this post, it’s about….details.  A 28″ drawing  condensed into 6″ on a computer screen can look photorealistic, but if you look at it full sized you can see the pencil strokes.  I like the pencil strokes (and there were a lot of them in this piece!), so here’s a few close ups:

Folds and wrinkles in the upper portion of the blanket

Folds and wrinkles in the upper portion of the blanket

Folds and wrinkles in the shadow area of the blanket and comforter

Folds and wrinkles in the shadow area of the blanket and comforter

Lace along the fringe of the gown

Lace along the fringe of the gown

Facial features

Facial features

Folds in the gown

Folds in the gown

Hair direction with blanket wrinkles in the background

Hair direction with blanket wrinkles in the background

2 comments

  1. Mike from Hanover Township - January 23, 2014 11:41 pm

    Really shows what the paintings depth is looking at it close up. I like how the black shows through the work. Adds a cool dimension to it. Awesome!!! You get high praise from the art store in W-B. Just picked up a set of prismacolor to explore the media. You definitely inspired me so it’s all your fault!!!! Lol. !

    Looking forward to your next work. Mike.

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  2. Shawn Falchetti - January 24, 2014 7:56 pm

    Thanks, Mike! Hope you enjoy the Prismacolors. If you’re looking for any instructional books, my favorite is Cecile Baird’s Painting Light with Colored Pencil.

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ADRIFT | 19" x 28.75" (48cm x 73cm) Colored pencil on sanded pastel paper
ADRIFT | 19" x 28.75" (48cm x 73cm) Colored pencil on sanded pastel paper

Today was MLK day, and I had the day off from work.  My wife and I had a lunch date at Canteen 900, where I had a giant mug of hot chocolate and a multigrain turkey and brie sandwich.  Canteen 900 is located in a very artsy, eclectic building, which is very cool to walk around and just explore.  One of the things you’ll find in your explorations is Lizza Studios, and it’s owner, Bob Lizza.  Bob has been doing my scans and prints for years.  His studio has an incredible, one of a kind scanner which does ultra high resolution reproductions.  People literally come from around the world for Lizza’s services – Bob has even done work for the Vatican.  So, I’m incredibly fortunate to have his studio located 15 minutes from my house.

I was expecting to drop off the art, then come back for a few proofs in a week or so.  To my surprise, Bob asked if I was free today and said “I can get it done this afternoon.”  Awesome! I took off for a bit, hit a Barnes and Noble nearby and bought a few cute books for Emma, then returned an hour later.  The proof was printed and waiting.  I had to stare at it for a few minutes before finding the slightest tweak, then Bob opened up Photoshop and made it quickly, and another proof churned off the printer.  It was a perfect match.

Bob Lizza, making the final adjusts for the proof

Bob Lizza, making the final adjusts for the proof

 

Here’s a little piece of detail of a small piece of blanket fold from the full size scan:

Detail

Bob burned a DVD of the full sized image (400 MB @ 450 dpi), and I’ll resize that image to the CPSA’s specifications and use it as my entry for this year’s show.  The deadline for entry is always at the end of March, and it’s nice this year to have everything wrapped up early.  Now, time to start a new piece!

 

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ADRIFT | 19" x 28.75" (48cm x 73cm) Colored pencil on sanded pastel paper
ADRIFT | 19" x 28.75" (48cm x 73cm) Colored pencil on sanded pastel paper

After a few months of work I put the final coat of fixative on my work in progress, changing it to a completed piece.  Final dimensions are 19″ H x 28.75″ W, Caran d’ache Luminance and Prismacolor colored pencils on Black Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper.  The work’s title is “Adrift”. Next step is to get a high resolution scan completed by Lizza Studios.

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Completing a colored pencil drawing can be a bit like running a marathon, and this has been especially true for this one.  Today I hit a milestone, and in honor of it I have a perfect running clip:

One of my favorite parts of that clip is when Clark gets a bit winded and you can just see him realize this seemed much easier in his head, but he pushes past the thought and charges on.

So, here I am at my milestone on the largest and most complex drawing I’ve done.  The entire work is drawn now and at a fairly high level of refinement.  The next phase is my favorite: balancing color and values, which really adds life to the piece.  I find it fun because the framework is complete, and I can loosen up and more freely put pigment on paper.

A few things on the docket:

  1. Incorporating some blues into the skin tones.  Skin is very reflective and picks up local color.
  2. Incorporating some warms into the blues of the nightgown.  The gown is reflective and picks up the brightly lit skin.
  3. Refining the left arm and hand.  Values still need to be pushed a few steps, and mid tones developed.
  4. Refining the legs in shadow.
  5. Refining the wrinkles in the upper portion of the work.  I learned a lot about drawing the wrinkles as I progressed clockwise, and I’ll apply what I learned to the earlier wrinkles.
  6. Refining the hair.  I love drawing hair, and there’s always lots of color that can be added.

Here’s the work in progress pic:

Work of Progress Jan 2

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