This page shows the building up, in stages, of my drawing “Here Comes the Night” which I completed on the 1st March 2013.
Even though this was a reasonably large work (360 x 520 mm) it had simple shapes throughout, ie big areas with minimal detail. Therefore it took only two weeks to complete – as opposed to ‘Quiet’ (the previous work) which was far more complicated and time consuming.
A point I would like to make about this work is that the white pencil has only been used once in the whole piece; to write my signature. You see a fair bit of white in the composition. This is the pure white of the paper. For very light areas (ie not quite white but very pale), I minimized the pressure which I put on the pencil – that is all.
In contrast, there is a great deal of black pencil used throughout.
The main colour conversation in this picture is that between the deep blue sky and the deep orange lantern. These, of course, are complementary colours on the colour wheel.
To really make these two patches of colour sing to one another and increase the intensity, I put orange into the blue sky and blue into the orange lantern. You, the viewer, doesn’t consciously notice orange in the sky or blue in the lantern. You are not supposed to.
For me, the artist, I had to do this as without the complements of orange in the sky and blue in the lantern, the effect was quite ‘ho hum’. Placing imperceptible amounts of one colour’s complement into the other, I was able to make the whole thing ZING.
I usually save the main subject until last. It is akin to presenting the whole set before the main actor comes on stage. Everything is in place to support the most important character/actor/subject…in this case it is the lantern.
To see six variations of this subject (ie the same lamp/lantern/scene) drawn several years apart, visit the page Subject 5: Lantern Set.
A post I wrote relating to this drawing is Here Comes the Night.