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TAVY ROCKS In Polychromos Wax type pencils
This landscape step by step originates from a photo taken on the Devon / Cornwall border where the River Tavy comes down from the moors through a narrow valley past the villages of Peter Tavy and Mary Tavy.
There is a bridge just below this spot which has also featured in a pencil image done on site during the same visit.
The photo here was used as the basis of the picture shown just below it, and you will see that I have opened out the sky area between the trees over the centre part of the picture and included more vegetation on the right hand side.
I have included one or two other photos taken at this spot so that you can get the feel of the place.
There is a PDF file of the reference available -
It is now a case of steadily building up depth of colour with a handful of pencils. Let us have a first look at the right hand side and the grasses on the river bank. I have made more of them than they show in the photo and emphasized the contrast between the tall grass strokes and the rounded dry stones alongside them. See how I have worked the background trees down towards the grass tops and darkened the lower area of background leaf to highlight the grass stalks in the sun. The background tree foliage is done using the scribble strokes discussed elsewhere in the Topics site and there have been three or four overlapping colours applied. The edge adjoining the grass is left with jagged strokes worked downwards. The grass itself is worked upwards towards the same jagged edge and at the same time downwards towards the lower/nearer grass stalks,
See the close up of this area below.
I have also developed the
Shadows in the dry rocks
Below the grass stems,
and you can get an idea
of the process from the
large foreground rock shown
on the extreme right.
Keep an eye on the line
where rocks meet water.
Sometimes the waterline
will be light where moving
water reflects light
and sometimes dark
where there is still water
I have re-
This ( below ) is the full picture at this point
You will note that there has also been some development on the left hand side with the grassed area opened out and strong light green used to introduce light behind the trees on the river bank. This is ‘artistic licence’ being used to the full.
We need to show an attractive picture which gives the feeling of the tumbling moorland river. That twisted branch that comes down over the water is essential and has retained all its’ corkscrew shape. The water has had a flesh red and orange introduced, to give the peaty feel.
The far trees in the centre are kept looking quite light and a blue green has been added to show the distance. Dark green has been introduced in the centre left to highlight the sun on the leaves of the centre tree. The main centre tree has had layers of sepia, dark green and green gold ( Polychromos ) on the trunk. Green gold is a most useful landscape colour and is pretty much unique to Polychromos. It warms up other colours nicely and is totally transparent. I have reduced the amount of foliage in the distance on the extreme left as well, to introduce some more sky into this area. A battery eraser is most useful to pick out areas of light in the overall leaf cover. It is much easier to put in overall colour and then ‘lift out’ white than try and work around white patches.
I have retained some very warm colour in the centre water to provide a colour focus.
If you get areas too bright with colour, don’t worry. You can always tone down the colour later with further layers.
I have now started on the foreground rocks. Notice the lines of ripples in the front.
It just remains to check the overall image and make sure that reflections match the rocks above.
I will also apply some more sepia to enhance areas of deep shadow and sharpen up edges. At this stage you will ignore the original photo reference and simply check that your own version of the picture makes sense.
Work dark into light to define grasses and foliage
Use a power eraser to lift out small areas of contrasted light colour
If the reference photo is too cluttered or if it includes elements that are unsuitable for your picture, leave things out.
Move things around if it improves the composition.
Try to have areas of overlapping contrast to add interest
Enhance foreground colour and reduce colour in the distance to provide a separation between Foreground/ Middle ground and Background.
There is a PDF file of the reference photo if you should wish to use it for your own picture
This picture was completed using Faber Castell Polychromos colours.
You could just as easily use either Caran d’Ache Pablo, Derwent Coloursoft or Prismacolor and select appropriate colours from the greens and browns.
I have not given all the actual colours I used for this -
We start with a drawn outline which identifies the main features of the picture. Use coloured pencil to lightly draw in the main elements -
I have now worked the grey to identify the areas of shadow -
I have also used some green and brown to identify the foliage in the background and the shadow of the rocks under the brown peaty water.
Notice how I have stretched the image to make the picture more rectangular and at the same time this gives the the opportunity to open up the sky in the right centre. I will not colour the sky at all -
Let’s have a look at some of the detail of this stage. The contrast has been enhanced so that you can see what has been done more clearly.
Step By Step prepared around 2010
STEP BY STEP PROJECTS
Near Mary Tavy
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|Drawing from Life - introduction|
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