Friday, 20 November 2009

Another Keith Portrait

Approx. 8" x 10" on Black Art Spectrum Colourfix paper

I started this one yesterday and I think it's about finished now so it hardly constitutes a "work in progress" in my usual fashion.  I wanted a subject suitable for the sheet of black Colourfix paper I had left over and Keith, seen posing in my previous post, seemed appropriate.  The paper drove me batty because it was a bit like wearing a black jumper, it attracted and showed up every bit of dust and debris going and I was forever blotting it with 'Blu Tack'!  It does, however, give a picture a degree of drama which I like.

This drawing was a tricky one to get right in that the cat is backlit - he was standing on a window sill on a bright day - and so his face and most of his body is in shadow.  I decided not to attempt a background because I think that would have killed the drama of the pose (plus I'm pretty rubbish at them!).  I like drawing pictures with high contrast in them and exploiting the effects of light against dark, and vice versa to suggest form.  The chiaroscuro tradition in art is one which interests me, mainly because I like a bit of drama!, and I'd like to do some more drawings along these lines.

I've used Derwent Coloursoft and Prismacolor pencils on this one.    


Carolina said...

Hi Janet,
this one is a powerful piece, it's beautiful and yes, full of drama and contrast. It catches my attention and doesn't let it go!
Best regards,

Sjamesportraiture said...

Beautiful work, black and white so unforgiving to any mistakes in a picture, this is perfect, or should I say purr-fect - probably not!

Janet Pantry said...

Thanks Carolina and Sarah, much appreciated. The image uploaded here is showing up horrible marks that aren't so obvious on the original - doh! Never mind, onwards and upwards!

Pauline said...

This is so dramatic Janet, I kept coming back to look at it. I must try CP and colourfix. Cats seem to be thing for us at the moment don't they? Pleased you enjoyed Cambridge, a lovely city but I am Oxford born and bred so a bit bias to the other side.


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