8 hours of paper, rope, with a bit of sledging.
Sometimes with a piece like this is can look as if very little is happening when in fact several hours work have been put in. This morning I began working on the sledge that the pony was pulling and again had to add a few shadows to get the right light. Then I began work on the paper outline, which at this stage will look incomplete and will not look completely right until it is coloured, but I have to live with that and know it will change eventually. Additionally, it caught my attention that the left circle looked slightly lower , although it was all measured previously, my eye was correct and it was a few millimetres out and so I remeasured and corrected it. When I am working I am so close to the picture these things can happen and so at regular intervals I have to put the art work on a stand and view it from a few feet away. The reason for this is two fold: I notice discrepancies as I did today, but also it allows me to see the composition as a whole and as it will be viewed when framed and hung. Objects can look great close up but terrible from a distance and vice versa, for me it is striking a balance between the two.
I have posted yesterdays and todays so that you can see the difference.
Then I worked on the rope down the side, the angle changes slightly and therefore the shadows change and when going around a corner they will change gradually, particularly when the scroll rests in front of some of the rope and will cast a shadow of its own. in places. Moreover, I was not completely happy with the previous rope I had done and decided to experiment with the detail a little more down the side. I am happy that I did as it looks a lot more realistic which means I will have more to add onto the top rope now. Can you spot the difference?
It’s texture. But I am still working on the rope- more of that tonight.
Tomorrow Weddell seals and Killer whales!