July 26th, 2014

Tea Time

Artist Erik Davis published this drawing on his blog and sent us this write-up about it: “Right now my passion is for old barns, sheds, and trees. I think the barns and sheds come from my childhood. My grandparents had a small farm with lots of little sheds and a barn. Many days were spent exploring them. I decided to add the figure to the drawing to help give the shed some scale, and add a little interest. I decided to put him sitting inside the door for a focal point, contrast, and convey the idea of taking a break from the sun. I chose the title “Tea Time” simply because of my love of hot tea – anytime of the year.

When I start a new drawing I usually have it worked out in my head. I quickly draw the basic shape and layout in pencil, I then make several sketches of the figure on tracing paper to get the scale and position just right. I rarely do any kind of value sketches or rough sketches. Once I am happy with the sizes and locations of the elements I go straight to the pen. I’m working to break an old habit of outlining everything with the pen, and trying to leave more broken lines in my work. I like to start with the structures first, then I work towards the main tree trunk. After that I really just skip all over to get the basic foreground, vegetation, and the tree canopy. Once the elements are anchored I then work through the details and shading. The watercolors are added last. I usually start with the sky and work through the drawing rather randomly. I do my best not to add additional ink once painting is finished. I’ve found the water softens the paper just enough that the pen goes down a little thicker, even after the paper has dried.” Erik Davis’ blog: http://erikrdavis.com/

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Tea Time


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