Sunday, June 28, 2015

AFRICAN GIRL, PART 1



I had been wanting to do something like this for years but only recently was I able to have the opportunity to do so. I think that the idea came about many years ago after seeing Raymond Ching's amazing drawings of Vanessa Thompson in his book 'The Art Of Raymond Ching'. There are two pages of drawings of Vanessa in the book and also a large watercolor - the drawings especially are stunning!
So starting with a relatively large sheet of drawing paper, I roughed out the basic shape then started work on her braids. I tried to keep from going too dark as I wanted to have the choice to darken areas as needed later on. I was hoping this would lead to a better balanced work and would keep the drawing from being too much like a black and white photograph.

2 comments:

Vernon Washington The Wild in Watercolor said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. Will it have the same hue/intensity of your falcon? What surface are you drawing on? As always, I love your images!

Jeremy Pearse said...

Hi Vernon, I'm hoping that it will, at this point I'm just drawing and at the same trying to get the effect and idea that I have in my mind. I'm working on Canson drawing paper which is a little too textured for me, it also has a hard sizing so it's a little difficult to get to some of the subtleties. I have better paper in a folder upstairs and should have used that instead! Thanks.