Hi Everyone, and a belated Happy February New Year to you all!
OK - I know I've been rather conspicuous by my absence from my blog for some months now - well, since October I think which is quite some time - but if you don't mind, I'm going to carry on as if I'd just nipped around the block (blog?), for a moment or three and I'm now I'm back.
What I'll do is carry on in real time, and fill in the lost month gaps as I go.
|My first appearance on Ely market.|
...so there I was with my merchant's hat on in Ely market selling cards, prints, bookmarks, and of course - calendars! I'm dispensing tips and advice to anyone who'll listen - I'm easily flattered by anyone who thinks I know more than they do - when this chap comes over, points to the Eel Sculpture artwork on display, and says '...my house is behind that shrub, and is the most photographed house in Ely...'
I explained that for composition sake I had omitted the houses from my drawing, but of course still had them in my reference folder.
|The original pen & ink and watercolour painting appearing as May in the 2015 calendar.|
'Could you draw my house in there for me?'
What - but the artwork's up there behind glass, complete with a pink sky - how am I going to draw your house in??
OK - it took a moment for the creative penny to drop.
Of course! - Print a copy of the black and white digital artwork onto watercolour paper and draw in the houses in situ behind the sculpture and shrub, ink the pencils and paint!
|Pencil layout featuring brick wall and houses.|
Which is what I did. Visiting Jubilee Gardens one more time for additional reference photographs, I managed to find a printer whose machinery could copy onto the slightly heavier watercolour paper, and we were in business.
|Pen & ink stage of Eel Sculpture with houses.|
The new pencil composition was agreed - with a slightly greater emphasis on the client's house - and in the style of the original the pen & ink stage was completed.
Keeping an eye on the original colour treatment, I rendered the pen & ink artwork similarly in gentle watercolours laying in the sky with a brush at the last moment, having masked the houses and immediate background elements.
|The enhanced view of the sculpture from Jubilee Gardens in colour.|
To retain the continuity in the depth field I brought the colour of the sky into the foreground sculpture highlights.
Adding a little more pen & ink detail to the architecture I arrived at the finished work.
A big thank you to client David for commissioning me to produce a rather unusual piece of work featuring new and original art creating a sum greater than it's parts.