For my ninth concentration I did a scratchboard of my mother at my grandfather's house. I think this one turned out really well because the striking lighting of the window on the room creates high contrast values that contribute to a dramatic atmosphere. However, I also used many horizontal and vertical lines in this piece to create a peaceful, serene, almost pensive mood for this piece. Horizontal lines, like the lines of the molding on the walls, create feelings of calm and serenity. Vertical lines, such as those on the window, give a sense of stability. I concentrated the areas of highest contrast on objects that I wanted to emphasize, such as her face, the chandelier, and the candle holder because I felt that these elements, when emphasized, added to the drama of the piece. The other areas either had similar values or very softly contrasting values. I once again used hatching techniques to create the values in the work and I also used the fiberglass tool to create some softer values on the floor near her feet.
A Few Process Pictures
Chandelier Progress Detail
Face Progress DetailAs always, check out these other interesting blogs and artists (links in the sidebar):
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