Wednesday, 11 February 2009

FROSTY , 8" x 11", Mixed Media on Grey Cardboard, 2009

This is another transformation, I sketched this guy just last week. Immediately I got into the bus and I saw his face I said to myself, "I'm not missing this one" So I positioned myself adjacent to him and sketched him, this lasted for only about 9 minutes after which he disappointingly had to get off at his stop.




I have gone about this one thus:

1. I sketch the face and vital features withe a brown Tom Bow dual brush marker.

2. I then use soft pastel by Winsor and Newton to bring out some basic tones and colour.

3. When there's enough pastel all over the piece, I retain the main drawing marks with the oil base pencil.


4. While using this black oil base pencil I try my best to give the piece some vibrancy and sensitive strokes- things I really like in lines.


5. I then introduce some more detail with my graphite H pencil, it is hard and can produce etch like lines to bring out forms without obliterating the pastel below.

6. I then introduce sanguine oil base pencil to liven up the black dull lines


7. Finally I add some highlights with soft pastel again and call it quits before further destruction

8. This whole piece is done in high tempo with a lot of whacking and hitting to produce a spark of life, something I strive to achieve when transforming these sketches so they won't become static transformations but still retain some of the vibrancy of a sketch!

9 comments:

David Larson Evans said...

Great drawing skills and I like the way you describe your process.

adebanji said...

Thanks David! It's all about the process and experimentation-that's what this blog is about.

adebanji said...

Thanks David! It's all about the process and experimentation-that's what this blog is about.

dominique eichi said...

That old man a such a great model. Thanks so much for explaining your process . It takes the fear out of doing something for me.

adebanji said...

Great! That's good to hear Dominique!

DB said...

Very good drawing and, like the other folks, I appreciate your description of how you got to it.

DB

adebanji said...

Thanks DB!

Marmsk said...

Love your work.

adebanji said...

Thanks Marmsk!