Work in Progress - Sep 30 2013
A while ago I wrote a post about selecting a palette for my next piece, which will be completed on a full sized sheet of Canon Mi-Teintes Touch black paper using Caran d'ache Luminance pencils. The palette looks like this:
I'd previously transferred the line drawing and had the picture mounted on my drawing board ready to go. Today I got a few hours to put pigment to paper. Usually I work all areas of a piece at once, progressing through basic colors and shapes to more refined details, saving elements like patterns or lace for last. For this piece, though, nearly the entire work is a pattern, so I am working the pattern as I go along, section by section. Non-pattern areas are getting basic value and colors blocked in at this stage, and once I have the entire piece blocked in I will begin refining and building up the colors layers.
The pattern is a wonderful challenge, along with all of the fabric folds, but it's also a bit like drawing hair: what's important is the direction and framework be in place; the rest I can draw in during refinement. The shadow areas, for example, are single lines on bare black paper. The highlight areas are fairly refined, but this is a focus area which will influence value choices for the figure, so I worked ahead on this section some to figure out some color and value combos.