I always find it interesting to see how other artists work with their pictures and paintings, so I thought I would try and do one of my own 'in process' pictures. This is a winged horse (duh...) that I drew to a very special friend, a more detailed description you can find with the final picture, somewhere in the gallery... And oh, look; it's in chalk pastel!
1. The first thing I always do to get inspired is to just sit down and scribble, small things that just pop up in the head and different versions of the same subject (Notice the two different versions of the front legs in this one). One sketch can lead to another, or be a part in a bigger painting, the ones that I like the most may end up as a real drawing! This is, like most of my first stage sketches very small, about 6x4 cm.
2. The next thing I do is to make a bigger and more detailed sketch/drawing from the little scribbly thing I decided to use. The horse in this sketch is about 20x18 cm, and remember that a good sketch means a lot when you are doing the final colouring, so take your time and do it well!
3. Oh, how I hate my scanner… Well, you can at least see the lines I will talk about… When the sketch is ready, the tricky part begins, to transfer it to the paper you want to use. In my case, I found out that I had no carbon paper, which can be at a very good use in these smaller drawings…. Sooo, I had to make one myself. With an ordinary printing paper, and a grey pastel crayon it was easily done. The great advantage of making your own carbon paper is that it’s much easier to erase if something goes wrong (and why should it do that? ;)), it blends with the rest of the pastels, and you can make it in whatever colour you like, and suit the background! Oh, by the way, if you don’t want to ruin the original drawing, remember to make a copy to use with the carbon paper!
4. At last! Time to use some colour! :) Well, white at least… I just started to fill it in as a ground-colour, smoothing some parts with my finger-tip to really cover the paper. Just remember, that if you are going to have a much more detailed, or an all-covering background, it’s better to start with that, or you may accidentally smear out the object in the foreground!
5. Now, the fun really begins, to start add shadows and details; and make it come to life! In this drawing I have only used two kinds of grey pastel pencils, and a black for the eye.
6. The final picture! Instead of adding an all-covering background, I just added some clouds to create more depth and strengthen the feeling of a flying horse in the sky.
Well, I dunno if you are still reading this…but if you are, wow… hehe :) Well I hope you have found it interesting, and if you did tell me! I may rewrite this a little and use it in my own homepage when I get one :D