Emu eggs are very carefully etched with a high speed drill, through three layers of shell; each revealing a different color. Dark emerald green on the outer layer, teal in the middle and white on the inside layer. Designs are made using these three colors.
After a long hiatus from studio time, I’m ready to get back to it. I’m starting small, so as not to get overwhelmed and procrastinate. I’ve chosen a picture of a garter snake that I took last summer in the horse paddock. It was patient enough to let me have a photo shoot, even while I was crouched on the ground in front of it to get different perspectives. Thank you little snake!
I know snakes are not a popular subject matter, but if you can overlook the “creepy” factor, they really are quite beautiful.
I will be portraying this little garter snake in graphite. I’ll add updates as I go along.
I was a little impatient and jumped right in before doing a complete detailed line drawing. A good start though, I think.
Feb 17, 2015 I haven’t had much time to work this week. Got a little further. Trying to decide just how much detail I want to put on the ground. I don’t want it to be too busy, but I want it to have texture.
March 5, 2015 Not much progress – a bout with the flu left me with no desire to get much of anything done. But I’m on the mend and getting back to work. I find myself getting a little cross-eyed on this one. So many little scales!
One of the hardest parts of any drawing for me is knowing when to stop. I think this one is finished, for now. I’ll put it aside for a week and then give it one last tweak. I can see that I have to work on photographing my work to have more consistency in the lighting. Constructive critiques are welcome!
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