Here is the second part of my Family series of drawings. This wonderful photo of my great-grandparents, Alfred and Nellie, was taken in 1947, and I absolutely loved the casual, friendly look of them. They seem so cheerful, don’t they?
It begged to be drawn. So that’s what I did.
I recently bought a tablet of gray tinted paper, hoping it would be durable and hold up to my ink wash/marker style of drawing (such as the style I used for Georgia and the Tough Guys). Unfortunately, this new paper quickly wants to ripple when wet, so I had no choice but to stipple the drawing rather than do a more abstract style as I’d hoped. Still, the results were okay and I actually like the white charcoal with the stipple more than I thought I would. Happy accident. 🙂
Alfred and Nellie, 1947
– The drawing is 5×7 inches, and drawn on Strathmore 400 series Toned Gray paper.
– I used Prismacolor Fine Line Markers in sizes .005, .01, and .03 for the darks and the details. Once I had the dark values in place, I applied white charcoal to brighten the highlights and breathe a bit of life into the drawing. I blended the white charcoal some with a tortillian to soften the edges.
Thanks for looking! 🙂