Busy, busy, busy. With work and with some new projects! I recently ordered a new type of sanded paper called Fisher 400. I heard some good things about it and decided to try it out.
I received two 20 x 28 and two 14x 20 sheets a couple of weeks ago and started two large new drawings, one in pastel and another in colored pencil. Having dabbled in both mediums now on this paper I have to agree that it is quite wonderful.
The pastel is a non Supernatural piece, so I will just talk about the colored pencil piece here, which is a Sam and Dean drawing which I ‘m calling “Follow Me”. I worked out this sketch over the weekend.
The Fisher 400 paper looks just like a fine gauge sandpaper, though it is manufactured solely as art paper. I had to order it from England, since the artist who created it does not have any US distributors yet. I sure hope that it becomes available more locally soon.
I discovered that this paper is translucent enough to allow me to use my light box to transfer the sketch to it. This is good news because I already had the dubious pleasure of copying a sketch on to this paper using transfer paper. It was a pain. Here I am working away at it.
It took me a few hours to finish transferring all the little lines, but I’ve learned patience. The more details you capture the easier it is later to draw later.
Here is a bad picture of the transferred drawing. I have to get a better set up next time. My daylight source was off to one side and when I tried to add light with my fluorescent drawing table lamp, it just added another color cast, which I was unable to remove.
Still it gives a good idea of how it looked. I used a couple of different colored pencil to transfer the lines, blue ones for the clouds, some grey for part of Deans shirt, white for the circle around the figures and a brownish ochre for all the rest. Mostly it was just experimenting. I also varied the pressure. I think the right side is probably a little too faint, though I finished off at a pretty good line thickness on the left.
I almost forgot to take a picture at this stage.That is why Dean’s face actually shows some shadowing which I had started to block in. Fortunately I still captured the mostly un-worked line drawing.
All the brainstorming for the composition, drawing the sketch and getting it transferred took most of my weekend. I finally got it to to the point of starting to draw this evening, and I was able to get this far.
I got a better picture this time, though it is still shadowed on the right.
I think this paper is going to hook me completely. It takes color incredibly well. I have barely gotten started but I can tell I will be able to layer lots and lots of color on it.
I’m also going to get hooked on working at this large size paper. The 20×28 inch size gives me such control over the drawing of details on the face. One thing though, this paper is going to eat my pencils by the bushel.
Here is a close up of my start.
The layering has just begun, but I couldn’t resist working his eye more, to catch a glimpse of what this paper might yield.
Now a little on what was in my head when I came up with this new project. I wanted to do Sam and Dean together, but show a little of the challenges they are facing in their TV lives this season. I wanted a background that would reflect some of forces that are helping and hindering them. A little of heaven on the right and some touches of hell on the left.
Looking for inspiration I looked at countryside landscapes reference images and came across a picture of a beautiful valley and it just seemed to click in my mind. And a phrase from the 23rd Psalm came to mind: