A work in progress to offer random glimpses into the creative process behind one of my paintings. Several updates will be posted through to completion.
Once I have an idea of what I would like to create, I draw a series of rough graphite sketches to obtain a feel for the direction of the work. I find that sketching is good grounding, and more often than not, fun and relaxing too.
When happy with the result, I complete a concept sketch. This I sometimes draw in colour pencil instead of graphite.
Next I draw a light basic outline onto the linen, and begin to block in a rough background as a guide. Although this will mostly evolve as I progress, it gives a good impression of the direction of the painting.
Now that the groundwork is complete, I will begin with improvements and slowly work in the detail, layer upon layer, from rough through to a fine finish.
To be continued…