Mike Sibley Comment Posted Nov.30th, 2012, viewed 115 times
<< Here I am again! >>
... and in the right place :o) Admin just emailed me to say he'd moved your other work here for us.
<< This was fun, especially the lower wolf! Gotta love wolves. >>
Lovely animals. I photographed this one at Yellowstone. You've done a great job, especially with the lower one. It has lovely hair texture and form. You get up at 4am!!!???? I could never do that - I don't go to bed until after 1am :o)
You can see how these two approaches produced vastly different results. One could be in mist, fog, or just an overcast day, and the other is more dynamic and forceful. With some manipulation, you can combine high and low key within one drawing, which helps you to control the viewer's experience. For example, you could draw a high key (low contrast) sun-filled setting and place a low key (high contrast) subject in the shade.
Incidentally, I find working small has taught me a lot - especially in working out what is essential and what isn't, because only essentials can be included and the drawing becomes smaller. And what makes a small drawing readable from a distance is the essentials. For example, it is almost impossible to draw a detailed nose on this wolf, but if you place the top and nostril highlights correctly in a black nose shape, it will read as a believable three-dimensional nose.
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