Saturday, February 4, 2012
So, to catch up a bit........
Here's a small (5"x7") drawing of two chipmunks, a companion piece to one I did a few months ago. Small mammals, and particularly rodents, seem to be sadly overlooked as art subjects. So I'm out to change that. "Rodent Resurgence!" will be my new motto. I don't see chipmunks around here but remember them so fondly from my childhood in Ohio.
I tried out a new product on this piece - liquid graphite. The product I used is Derivan Liquid Pencil, which comes in either permanent or rewettable formulae as well as a couple different grey values and a yellowish brown. I used the rewettable, but think I would prefer the permanent. Anyway, I used this product in the lower part of the picture where I wanted the light branches against a darker background. I masked the branches with a liner brush and masking fluid, then applied the liquid pencil just like watercolor. When all was dry, I rubbed the mask away. And then I put some pencil over the top to tone down the lights a bit and add more detail and tone variation. I like this product a lot and will use it again!