Thursday, June 23, 2011
Hard on the top, soft on the bottom 2
Here is a 9 by 12 sketch demonstrating the hard on the top, soft on the bottom idea. It was done transparently with ultramarine and a little black. I forced myself to used the gradation formed by pulling the tones down from the edges all over. I then free associated the forms of waves out of the resulting goo.
Everywhere I have drawn the top of a wave I have gradated below it automatically. I also placed as many lines as I could against a light part of the gradation of the wave behind. The drawing grew organically like a doodle.
Making up water, not copying it from a photo is great training in building form and handling gradation.