|Go For It!, 5" x 5", graphite, 30 minute drawing series #36|
The lighting was brilliant sun in an open sky and the photo was shot from across the pool with a mediocre, in-camera, telephoto lens. As with most drawings and paintings done from a photographic reference, the volume needs to be turned up and details that were lost due to distance filled in. While I'm not pleased with the drawing, it did get me to add an HB Berol back into my box. General's #314 is too soft and grainy for this drawing that hinges on the details--I suspect softer than Berol's 6B? So I lightened up. Tomorrow, same challenge, different approach.
As you may have noticed, I haven't been near paint since I got home. I haven't even opened the doors to my studio. I do not want to deal with the Venetian self portrait on the other side. It wore me out so much I've been reading Carol Marine's book, Daily Painting to avoid confrontation; reading about painting small seemed attractive after the grueling 24 by 36 selfie. --Daily goes for anything you wish to do well. Thirty minutes of drawing small every morning will do for now.