Friday, June 8, 2007

Thumbnail

I don't have time for a proper post today, but I will put up a recent thumbnail sketch that I did. It is of a pot of Gerber daisies on my window sill. I had moved them there to make room on the counter when I was preparing dinner. The next day the sun came streaming in that window and illuminated the daisies. I'm a sucker for dramatic lighting and couldn't help trying to capture a quick sketch of this. My favorite part came near the end of the sketch when I noticed the reflection of the daisies in the window. More inspiration for the someday file!

11 comments:

Dave said...

Nice crosshatching. It must be the P&I influence!

Jennifer Rose said...

I love daisies. :) Very nice sketch, with a nice range of values.

Stacy said...

Thanks Dave and Jennifer!

Anita said...

Super thumbnail - looking forward to seeing what comes of this.

Robyn said...

I agree - terrific thumbnail - the values are so strong I fancy I can see the colours already.

Mary said...

Good atmoshperic thumbnail, Stacy. Very nicely done!

Robin Neudorfer said...

Stacy - what a wonderful moment. I love those brief instances that say,"Draw me!" Certain objects calling your name and whispering, "Aren't I pretty?" I can see this one progressing. Wonderful beginning.

Stacy said...

Thanks for the comments ladies! These little thumbnails are fun to do. Unfortunately the flowers in this sketch have faded and all I am left with are some interesting leaves. If I can coax some new flowers to bloom I might try a watercolor sketch. I don't know which will be more of a challenge, the gardening part or the sketching part. :D

ParisBreakfasts said...

Don't you love doing thumbnails?
I can't do a painting without doing a thumbnail 1st.
Nice arrangement of values..

Regula Scheifele said...

I'm really amazed by this thumbnail, you caught the values perfectly and this piece works great just as it is. I'm so looking forward to seeing you paint it...(???)
I must admit I don't do thumbnails - don't know 'how' to do them, every time I try I just get a mid-value mess. Might have to try again... and again... and...

Stacy said...

Carol, thanks for visiting! I am learning to love thumbnails. I am pretty new to doing them.

Amira, thumbnails are pretty easy if you keep them small and simple. Check out this tutorialal from Michael Newberry.
http://www.newberryworkshop.com/Tutorial/thumb/thumb.html
It helped me a lot.