Well, this is finally finished. I wasn’t very sleepy the other night, so I sat down at my table with the tv on nice and quiet and got back at this. It was around 2:00 AM before I was ready to let it rest for the night. I made a few more adjustments the next afternoon, and am now calling this complete.
I reworked the background toward the left of the image. I wasn’t happy with the way the hills were a bit higher than the buildings…they seemed to be competing with the foreground that way. So, I did some erasing and pushed them down a little so they were flatter and also simplified them so they weren’t pulling the eye from the foreground and the more important part of the drawing. I did a lot of touching up of the details throughout the drawing, since charcoal seems to smear if you so much as look at it! I also ended up blending the camel and most of the people and goats and sheep gently with tortillians so they were softer. I also added some more detail to the brick buildings. All in all, a lot of little things were tweaked here and there.
I considered using some white charcoal to make the highlights really pop, but ended up going without. While I love the look of white charcoal, it tends to really glow, so it’s not very subtle. Also, if it should get mixed with the regular charcoal, it creates an ugly, blue/gray muddy color that never looks good. The whitest part of this drawing is that distant building in the center of the drawing, and I didn’t really think it was necessary for that building to stand out any more than it already does.
So, after this long WIP, I thank you for following along and for the kind comments along the way. I appreciate it very much. I hope you enjoyed the process, and I hope you like the drawing.
…Now, just to spray this with fixative (several times, with charcoal!), and deliver it to my client.
– Graphite mechanical pencil (for the preliminary sketch)
– General’s Peel and Sketch pencils (sharpened frequently with an X-Acto knife)
– Bostik Blu-Tack (as a kneaded eraser)
– Sanford Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
– Tortillians and Blending stumps
Drawn on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor paper (cold press 140 lb.)
Thanks for looking!