St. Luke’s finished

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

After a lot of peering closely at photos, I finally finished the inking for St. Luke’s Episcopal in Atlanta.  There was a lot of detail in this relatively small drawing, but I think it turned out well. The large stained glass window is a wonderful focal point.  I cut back the ivy on the fence to give a glimpse of the entryway, but I wanted to keep the little bit of character that it gave to the wrought iron fence.

This is the fourth ink drawing I have done for this particular client and my curiosity finally got the better of me.  I suspected that they all might be wedding gifts portraying the ceremony site, but I had to ask.  And I was right.  She said that when she gave the first one to the bride, she cried.  I am so touched that I am able to help her give a unique memento of a very special occasion.

Partial inking on the church

Partially inked

Partially inked

I’ve been working on this a little bit at a time.  I ink in about 6-8 sq in and then pencil in for the next session.  There is so much detail here, compounded by not really great photos for the entry area, that I have been taking it very slowly.

It is quite easy to become confused as I am using left view and right view pictures to puzzle everything out.  And I have kept the abundance of landscaping more than I normally might for the same reason.  The tower on the right, the large stained glass window, and the iron gates should help identify the church to those who know it.  All in all, I think it is going to end up taking more time than if it had been a color portrait.

Commission #2

St. Luke's Episcopal

St. Luke’s Episcopal

Today is a good day to be inside. We are expecting to get 3+” of snow today and the storm started about a hour or so ago. Nicer weather after mid-week, but we have to get there.  I can’t wait until spring arrives.  I’m not a cold weather person, even though I grew up in the Chicagoland area.

This drawing is at least as complicated than the last one. There is a great deal of cut stonework along with the brickwork facade, but at least there are no statues or carved fretwork. I am doing smaller sections at a time so as not to get brain cramps again, so it is slow going.  No color on this one either.