Another Nashville view

I have had the worst time getting this picture started. The pencil up took forever and every time I looked at it after letting it sit, I kept seeing errors in the layout. I don’t know if it was my concentration or my eyes, but I finally decided to just start the inking and quit driving myself crazy.  The building still all in pencil is very complicated, with arch top windows and multiple brick insets and embellishments.  It also has a curved top.  I’m leaving it until last, hoping when the rest is done, it won’t be so intimidating.  When I selected the photo array, I had no idea how hard it was going to be.

Nashville streetscape 2

I’m sorry the pencil up is not very visible here, but the contrast is hard to get when I have the ink and pencil sketch combined.  You can see it a little bit better if you click and enlarge it.

I should be able to finish the inking by mid-week and then start on the color.  I have already decided to use the pastels on this.  Several of the lower storefronts are a nice green to go along with red brick.  The effect of pastels on the final picture will be totally different than the previous watercolor one.  I’ll have to see which one I like better.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. timkeen40
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 18:30:28

    Looks like a cool little downtown setting. Reminds me of shopping with Mom and Gran in the “Big City” when I was younger, a very big deal for a country boy.



  2. Cindy D.
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 19:12:07

    Hooray for sticking it out! The result is terrific. You know I love those window details. I had a very similar experience this week! I started and re-started this Captain Nemo character which was a request in an art card swap. I almost quit several times but I knew I just had to push through to get it where I was happy with it. And I did. I have a feeling some people give up to quickly sometimes. Including me. 🙂


  3. ruthsartwork
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 19:58:08

    Well, Cindy, it’s not done quite yet. That middle building is still giving me trepidations about what to do. I’m glad you were able to resolve your Captain Nemo issues. I wouldn’t have even known where to start with a project like that. Your cards are so inventive.

    Some things just end up harder than it seems they should. I don’t give up too often. At times, though, there are pictures where I probably should have. LOL At least I can now give myself permission to use the circular file. That is freeing- and sometimes even humorous.


  4. timkeen40
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 20:00:11

    I was downtown once, although I must say I am not sure where that is. My aunt took me to the Capitol building and a lot of other places. I was young enough to be enthralled, but also young enough to not remember enough many of the details.

    I live close to Franklin, Ky. Rivergate is about as deep into Nashville as I regularly go these days, but I remember the history that my aunt put me in touch with on that day.

    Keep working on that town front. I know it will be awesome.



  5. ruthsartwork
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 20:17:37

    Thanks, Tim. Our son moved to Nashville earlier this year and took us downtown to see the Dragon Races (a charity event on the river). I fortunately brought my camera for the races, but it turned out that the buildings were just what I had been looking for. Perhaps you’ll recognize something in a future picture.


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