- GO CRAZY TO STAY SANE.
27 VIII 17. 297 x 420mm.
Lately I can’t get enough of @mcbess
‘s work. The way he uses intense black in his work. It’s not easy to fill in areas entirely, without shading. This has been a struggle of mine for a long time, but I can slowly see it starting to work. I’m losing a bit of my randomness, and trying to balance the black & white areas, as well as the detailed & blanc. Giving a composition rooom to breath is crutial.
Also, I can’t get enough of the happy cheeks McBess’s draws. So I copied them.. sue me.
Another thing I learned is with the black bubbles on the mushrooms. I used to leave a thin white strip on the right side of the two light-spots. But then I saw that the bubbles look even better when I fill that thin strip in. A very small difference, but super satisfying to know now.
Had some trouble with the background too. At first I wanted to fill in the bottom in 100% black. Then I thought I would add some spaghetti-stuff coming from the ground. And once I did that I couldn’t push myself to fill in the ground with pure black. I guess I’m happy with the compromise, because on the left side, under the teath, the spaghetti-shit is almost as dark as the ground. It’s barely visible. This is, again, a super difficult thing to learn; showing things in a subtle manner. Not everything has to br shown. Some things can be implied.
I’m excited to show you this piece, because as you know, I’m just getting back into drawing after a 7month break and this is the first drawing I’ve done that’s bigger than A4 since then. Gradually getting used to bigger formats again. And can’t wait to go BIGGER!
Can you find the alpaca? ;D - #regrann