Here it is, the very first sentence in my first proper Blog post!
My name is Owen, I draw, I paint, I procrastinate. That is all the information you are getting for now 😀
You may have noticed that I haven’t filled in my Bio yet, it’s on my to do list. If I could list the intrinsic qualities that make me who I am in a quick online bio page, then I would be a rather simple character. The truth is I am complicated. So for now, you can all use your imagination 😉
I’m currently painting from some photographs that my younger sisters and I took at the local nature reserve. Here are a couple of preliminary sketches I did this morning.
The above sketch was rendered quickly in graphite with a 4B pencil that I rounded off with a craft knife. After completing this sketch, I decided that I could describe the water more effectively in paint.
This one is a fast ink and bleach sketch. I started with watered down Quink ink, applied with a large brush, to block in the basic forms and shadows. Next, I applied neat black ink to the swan’s face and beak. I created a number of different tonal values by varying the amount of water I diluted the ink with. I flicked on some bleach to suggest the sun catching the water. I think this one is much more effective.
I’ll be starting the final version tomorrow, so I’ll post an update once I’ve got it sketched out.