Yesterday I took part in the Wetcanvas Weekend Drawing Event again.
The host of this drawing event often includes a challenge. This week we were told:
Your challenge: A Chiaroscuro Painting:
Strong contrasts between light & dark…and if you like…add a witch…a goblin…a ghost…a ghoul …anything scary !!!
It’s Halloween tonight so something slightly spooky is very apt!
As usual there was a choice of photographs, the two above caught my eye and I thought I’d incorporate them into one painting.
The first photo is of an oddly shaped calabash or gourd (it looks like a yellow swan doesn’t it?) and the second photo is a shot of two skulls (I believe they are from cows/bulls/bison type of creatures – very alien looking!).
There you can see the very rough sketch I made on a scrap of paper, I also played about with some ideas for the title, ‘Watch the Yellow Swan’ it says there (though I might prefer ‘Watching the Yellow Gourd)’.
I drew on some hot press watercolour paper, A4 size, and used graphite (loose and pencil) for the underpainting. I rather liked it at that stage – sorry about the glare!
Finally I finished off with some acrylic washes over the graphite. It’s not so evident in the photo but I got some really lovely textures with this and will be trying the combination of acrylics over graphite again soon.