Today was about our 14th or 15th day in a row above 90 degrees. I was so tired of winter that I don’t want to complain, but I wish we could have a little more rain here. I’m not sure if we have had even 1″ this month. Many of the storms in the area seemed to just go around. So, I am grateful at least for my air-conditioned studio and the little bit of precipitation that we got this week.
Amongst other things, I managed to lay out and ink in the small commission drawing ordered earlier in the week. It is a little more complicated than most because it is a remodel and not everything is finished. Most notably the color scheme is totally different from the pictures. I was able to get chips from the paint manufacturer, but now I have to be careful that I put everything in the proper place. I have found that for me, the most complicated phase of a picture is often in the layout. I have to determine the crop out and then begin the pencil drawing, deciding just how much detail I want to start with. This one was a little more difficult than most because not only were the colors altered, but they wanted it to fit nicely into a standard frame. Personally, I find it very difficult to work in a standard size. I start out with a common size layout and it just doesn’t work with what I see and I have to expand it into my extra margin space. This time, because of the specific request, I felt I had to do the best I could to accomplish that. Fortunately the vertical townhouse gave me a little leeway with the adjoining homes. I was able to fit it on an 8×10 board and work with a 1″ mat.
I am fairly happy with the inking except for one thing – I had a brain cramp and mislayed the sidewalk lines. As I was doing it I kept thinking this looks a little odd , but of course I didn’t stop to refigure. I had layed them out with the roof lines instead of the primary perspective. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I may have to speckle out the sidewalk more. Fortunately the lines are not solid and I may be able to finesse it with a little effort and color. Ink is so unforgiving.