SAD #3: shadow dancers

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After a week of rainy weather, finally had a beautiful day and could sketch outside. This is from my patio into the back corner of the yard. In the spirit of sketching, namely not looking to get a complete drawing, I tried to get the essence of all the late afternoon shadows that make this space so tranquil.

Sketching tree leaves is an exercise in futility, but massing values and giving the hint of texture seems to work. I don’t have much practice with this type of landscape sketch, but it’s very rewarding when you get it right.

The cast shadows were all over the place – trees on trees, on the far fence, on the grass. I had to rework the values frequently, darkening the shadows on the trees to ensure things didn’t get flat, but also to make the far shadows on the fence look like shadows. Of course this was done outside, so the partly cloudy day made the shadows suddenly disappear for 10 minutes at a time. At first this was disruptive, but then I started using this time to review my work and realize where some of the holes were, then when the sun returned I could jump on the fix.

Used a wide range of pencils to get the necessary variations – HB, 2B, 4B and 8B.

27 to go…

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