Saturday, November 29, 2008
7 stars...from Dragon to Sphinx
This is a continuation of November 28 post, Dragon of 7 stars. I'm doing a newer version of this work, applying what I've learned about composition: balance and circular movement, and patterns of values.
I made 3 value sketches of the dragon in watercolor, but it didn't inspire me; I've done so many dragons that they're getting tired. Then I thought of a sphinx, and that feels fresh and new. It also feels comfortable because I'm practiced at doing both figures and felines. The composition is basically the same with the figure flying overhead with 7 stars, and the houses, lake, and boat below. I decided to make the sky dark to let the figure stand out. The lake and the sail on the boat are light to complete the half-circle that the figure makes. I decided to keep the format as a square, as it goes with the figure. This sketch is in ink and watercolor, on lightweight cp watercolor paper.
This is exciting-- think I'll make a clay model next to paint from. Maybe even a diorama. Stay tuned!
Posted by Theresa Taylor Bayer at 3:33 PM