Monday, January 28, 2008

The Devil is in the Detail


Still working away at this. Getting a little closer with every hour to end.

I started a little "moonlighting" project last night (shhhh, don't tell Michael!) working on a portrait. I spent two hours sketching out my outline and collapsed in a heap feeling very pleased that I had got that far. About an hour later it struck me that I had used the wrong paper. Instead of using Arches Hotpressed watercolour paper I had used Rives. I'm not sure how the graphite will take to the Rives. Trying to decide now on whether to start all over on the right paper or to just try it out on the Rives. Or maybe try using charcoal instead of graphite. I haven't done a charcoal portrait in many many years. Decisions, decisions.
"Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.”
Willie Sutton

"Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt."
Dale Carnegie

6 comments:

Robin Neudorfer said...

I am beginning to feel the texture. I think your sick days are paying off.

vivien said...

the detail is just amazing :)

I'd vote carry on and see how the Rives works out - it's good to try different surfaces (says she who has just done a charcoal on w'col paper with a rough surface and had a nightmare making the charcoal 'stick'! - all because she couldn't be bothered to move a load of stuff to get at the right paper)

Billie Crain said...

i can sympathize. not about the paper choice but getting a great start on a project and accidently sticking my arm in Indigo paint and smearing it all over my work.*arrgh!* i wracked my brain trying to figure out how to work it into the painting because i did not want to start over. i wondered how a blue cat would look. oh dear.......

Jeanette said...

This becomes clearer and clearer. Detail work is very time consuming but obviously well worth the hard work.

I'd try the Rives and the charcoal. Go on, you know you want to...

Kim said...

incredible work Anita ..
just incredible !!!

Mary said...

Anita the look of the texture and cloth are awesome. I'm happy to see your successful efforts be worthwhile.

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