Here is the first stage of my new still-life drawing, and as mentioned in my last post, it’s very purple – or fuschia, magenta, plum, eggplant. . . . whatever you want to call it! It’s also large (for me) measuring in at 22″ x 16.5″. I’ve completed as much of the background as I’m going to do for now, and will most likely tweak some areas later when the vase, stones and water are in place. I used a Caran d’Ache watercolor pencil layer to begin, and after blending it with water I started in on the dry layers of Prismacolor pencils: #924 solid color stick, more loosely applied for texture, and then Black Cherry, Lavender, Raspberry, and then Indigo, Dark Umber, Violet Blue, Black Grape, Tuscan Red, Orange and Olive Green in places, depending on the desired color effect.
I’ve started on the glass now, and it’s definitely the most challenging part of the drawing. The top of the vase has so many aspects to it: light shining through it, light reflecting off of it, color distorting through the glass, and stones/water reflecting on the sides. Plus I’m changing the colors from my two reference photos, as one is very pink and the other is very dark purple. So this is really a color creation. I’ll post another photo when it reaches the stage where all of the glass/water areas are complete, but not the rock areas. I’m executing this one with the same approach as “Counterpoint in Green”, which is archived on my blog in April, May and June of 2010, if anyone is interested in referencing it.