Moon Snail Project # 82 – 84: Drawing Light

April 26, 2013

“When we draw the objects, surfaces, and spaces of our world, we are to a very large degree, drawing an experience of light.  The strange and wonderful paradox is that light is invisible, but makes things visible. . . . Light reveals form.”
— Mick Maslen and Jack Southern, Drawing Projects:  An Exploration of the Language of Drawing

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

Moon Snail Shell # 82m watercolor sketch

Moon Snail Shell # 82, watercolor sketch

Moon Snail Shell # 83, watercolor sketch

Moon Snail Shell # 83, watercolor sketch

Moon Snail Shell # 84, ink sketch with watercolor wash

Moon Snail Shell # 84, ink sketch with watercolor wash

I find it very challenging to get the proper tones, shades of light and dark, in my sketches.  My first attempt looks like an ice cream sundae.  My second and third attempts look like grubs or potatoes.  (Sigh)

Advertisements

4 Responses to “Moon Snail Project # 82 – 84: Drawing Light”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I like the way the shadows are shown, shifting length and shape around the shell. I think this adds to the feeling of space and movement, not attributing potato!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I don’t know what it is about that last one. There’s a real sense of movement, as though it could start trucking off the page (albeit slowly!)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: