Recently I completed a new artwork. I call it The Wisdom of Nature.
The idea for it came to me in October. I was inspired by the slight tinge of fading that accompanies this season. Autumn can be very beautiful, with all its colorful richness… bright orange with an inclusion of brown , vibrant red, vinous, cheerful yellow. It feels as if nature is going to sleep, but shows its magnificence for the last one time. Soon everything will be cold and bare, covered with thick layer of snow.
People often have no special sympathy of long winter months at the place where I live. It can be easily understood: there is almost no sun, white and fluffy snow rapidly becomes grey and dirty, many activities that were possible in summer are now beyond the reach.
And autumn feels like a gateway to this nonchalant time of dying away. The last word before falling silent, it has to be expressive and arresting so we could hear it.
But life is inexorable; we, the living, are forced to deal with everything it has to offer. That’s why we comply and wait for the spring again. It will get better. The sun, green color and warmness will be here again.
The process of drawing
I decided to show the process images and explain how I created this artwork. It is always great to demonstrate how something was made, so everybody who is interested in ink drawing technique could understand the way I work 🙂
After the initial sketches for the objects exploring are made, it’s time to create a pencil underdrawing.
The inking part
I used both ink liners and brushpens: liners are great for the hatching and stippling, brushpens create awesome varied lines for contours.
Here you can see how I worked on this artwork, moving from the bottom part to the upper, from one corner to another. The skull and raven were left for the final stage of drawing. Sometimes I work this way, picking out an object (or two) and inking everything except it before proceeding to the final part.
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The steps of drawing the skull. It’s important to be patient with complex objects and work on the art pieces like this gradually. It’s a guarantee of smooth and volumetric look.
The lighter the area is, the less hatching or dotwork I create there. You can notice it on the upper part of the skull. Final image of the complete art:
I must admit, working on this project was an enjoyment, although drawing a piece like that requires much time and effort. In the strict sense, the work hasn’t completed: I should get it scanned and edited in Adobe Photoshop – so that I could put it into my portfolio.
By the way, I have a strong intent to color it. It will look beautiful in a colored version, and vivid tints will help to bring this art nearer to the initial concept (about which I wrote at the beginning of the post) 🙂
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