Saturday, October 16, 2010

Illustration Friday "Spooky"

I wanted to create a spooky atmosphere for this piece, so I covered my paper with vine charcoal and rubbed it in with a tissue. I used the vine to draw the sketch, then pulled out the light areas with a kneaded eraser. To darken up some of the values and to add details, I used a black charcoal pencil. I like the way this technique allows for such a broad range of values, but also lets me get the fine details that I want.

18 comments:

  1. love your technique. it gives a certain texture and an eerie atmosphere in the drawing. just wonderful!

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  2. This is absolutely amazing! Beautiful illustration for this week's theme. Hope yours gets chosen as pick of the week!

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  3. this really is amazing, such talent.

    Love it

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  4. So expressive, and thanks for the explanation as to how you achieved this effect. Wonderful.

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  5. Ohhhhh WOW. This is so beautiful. The texture and medium totally fit the theme. *high five* :-D

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  6. Great! - the variety of tones makes this so effective and it's really interesting to hear how you achieved it.

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  7. Love it! It reminds me a little of Maurice Sendak! (o:

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  8. This is amazingly great!!! Very spooky!!!

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  9. Captured the word beautifully....this should be on the front of IF.

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  10. The technique is very effective, the tonal range is good and you have avoided the 'grey goo' problem so many people face when they use pencils to create a final piece, and feel they cannot call the drawing finished until every inch of the picture is covered in pencil ;) nice Maurice Sendak reference, and goo dmix of hard and soft edges. I like this a lot.

    Adam Foster-Fahy
    www.AdamFF.com

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  11. I like how the girl looks startled by the crow. Very spooky!The black charcoal helps create that mood.

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  12. This is fantastic Jane! Great innovation on the technique. I love the light and shadows and the detail. Wonderful work!!

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