Monday, December 14, 2009

Cake and Fire

Cake and Fire
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm)
© 2009 Steve Penberthy

This painting presented me with several challenges, most notably how to correctly render the light.  I first did a pencil sketch, then made a photocopy of it.  It was on the photocopy that I did the pencil drawing below, primarily to test if I captured the likeness or not, but also how the shading was going to work.  It was in the pencil drawing where I worked out solutions to the problems I was going to face in the painting; I sort of "painted" with the pencil to understand what I needed to do later on.  Lesson learned:  It's always tempting to just jump in and start splashing paint around, but a little work up front makes the job easier down the line.

"Cake and Fire"
No. 2 pencil on copier paper
8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm)
© 2009 Steve Penberthy


Tom said...

Very nice sketch Steve! The girl is quite pretty (independent of my bias of being her uncle!).

caseytoussaint said...

Wow - excellent work. You are so right about preparation - I don't always do it though.

Krista Meister said...

Great "homework" on this one, Steve! I do like how the lights turned out too.

Anonymous said...

I think this one is stunning! Very nice work.