One day during my morning walk in the park, I saw two people doing exercises with whips and I took pictures of them with my phone. One of those became the drawing that’s going to be the subject of this post. I call it “Whipping In The Park”. It’s an 11×14 graphite on Strathmore 400 series paper.
Like all my drawings, this one started as an outline made with a 6h pencil. All pencils I mention are graphite unless otherwise noted.
I used a 6b carbon pencil to fill in the gate posts.
I used a 4b carbon pencil, 9b graphite and 8b, for the lamp post. For the lamp itself, I used a combination of 2b and 4b.
I used a combination of 4b and 6b for the woman’s sweatshirt. I was careful to follow the shapes of shadows I saw in my reference photo
I used a 2b and 4b on the whips, carefully making thin lines of shadow down some while leaving the spaces in the middle white.
I used a 5b to fill in the woman’s face and a 6b for a lips and the tip of her nose. I used a 5b and 3b in her hair.
I used a 4b to fill in the man’s left arm and face. I used a 6b, 7b, and 8b for his beard, hat and hair.
I used a 4b for most of the man’s arm, leaving a space white. I used a 5b for the muscle and a 2 b for the bicep.
I filled in his shirt with a 2b and lightened it with a kneaded eraser. I went over the majority of that with a 3b pencil, making little folds by following my reference photo. I intensified the folds with a 5b pencil.
I used a 4b to fill in the tree. I used 6b and 8b to make markings.
I used a 5b to fill in the areas of the background between the gate posts
I also used this color on the man’s pants and belt along with 8b.
For the ground I used a 3b pencil with a 5b to make little marks.
That’s all for now. I’ll talk to you again next week.
Painter of portraits and wildlife