This is the title of my new piece that is currently being drawn. While I won’t give away all the details, I will say that this new drawing involves things that we commonly encounter during the hours of darkness.
The first photo is a simple layout of the subjects that will be involved in the drawing. It’s not a great photo but if you kind of strain your eyes a bit, you should be able to make out what is involved. Perhaps then, you’ll understand the title.
In the second photo, I’m darkening the areas that will represent both a closed window and an open window. Because glass is reflective, I’ll have to create a surface that is both dark and semi-reflective, so I’ll be using carbon and just a little bit of graphite. An important point to remember is that the entire setting is that of a low light source, so the reflections are going to be limited and brighter as you get towards the source. Also, heavy shadows will part of the environment.
Where the window is opened, I’ll be using pure charcoal, as dark as I can get it, so that there will not be any reflections. If you were to turn out the lights in your house and open a window then step back and look, you would see that the window will not be quite as dark as the natural darkness. So, I’m creating two different textures but both having nearly the same tone.
What you see in the above photograph was actually rendered upside down. Now why would I turn my drawing upside down in order to put in the dark values? Because I want the debris and particulate to drop off the paper as close to the edge as possible, as opposed to dropping down and drifting across my nice, white, clean drawing paper.
You will notice blue tape. The tape is holding newsprint paper that I use to cover the drawing as I work in dark, soft, drawing media. Soft charcoal and carbon produce a lot of debris – both particulate and dust. The darker the media, the softer and thus dust and fine particulate matter. Working with this dark of charcoal can actually create smoke-like particulate, that can drift and land anywhere on your nice clean, white drawing.
You might not think you would notice the dust because it is after all, very fine. But just take a clean white tissue and gently go over any area on the paper after blending with this sort of charcoal and you will be amazed at what the tissue reveals. Keeping your drawing clean helps to maintain the contrast and prevents subjects from becoming darker than you originally wanted them.
At this stage of the drawing, I can tell I need to do a bit more layering and blending in the open window where you see the lantern. The image above shows some patches where the darks need to be darker. You can see in the closed window portion, I have started to draw one of the nocturnal creatures that is attempting to get inside. Still have a long ways to go with what you see, but I’ll be posting more as it all develops and hopefully, I’ll post some close-up photographs showing more detail.
See ya soon!