At the end of last week, I started to ink my latest commission. With a small weekend break to visit my new grandson, progress is a little slow, but I’m getting back to work today.
I started the way I normally do on a home commission – with the foliage. For whatever reason, I like to begin with the landscaping and gradually move inward. This is fairly complex as there is not really any “front” landscaping, but a massive amount of trees all around. I have to be very careful with the positive/negative space so that the house doesn’t get lost. The linearity of the house will help contrast with the softer trees. Even though they are spiky pines, their irregular shapes are more fluid. Another balance I have to find.
I actually stopped here deliberately because I started to lose my judgement and needed fresh eyes. I need to rebalance the two pine trees on the right so they don’t look quite so lined up and will reshape them to move them slightly apart. I was starting to lose sight of the whole at this point and decided it was time to stop. Ink is so unforgiving that way.
Windows and the railings will be up next, after all of those trees are mostly done.