This was the first drawing I completed for the final term.

The series is called: “Elements of Nature”

I found this branch down by the creek near where I live. Thought it would be an interesting subject for me to draw. I just didn’t realised it would take me four days to complete it because of the detail involved in drawing this one.

I got fed up with the wooden puzzle going on in the centre, so I decided to go from the other side and work my way in. Feel’s like you’ve done more that way 😉

I just gradually made my way in tiny piece of detail at a time. I wanted to prove to myself that I could draw something like this which is why I chose it.

I was really happy with the way it turned out. Looked like you could just reach into the paper and pick the log up. But at this stage the only flaw was it looked like it was floating in mid air…or mid paper, depending on how you look at it. It needed shadows to ground it, which I messed up rather badly but by erasing the majority of the ridiculously, overly dark shadow I finally had the correct amount of light and dark to balance the image.

Unfortunately, it’s not the best final photo because I took the image using my phone. I will take a proper one for documentation with my camera later on. The drawing has been put onto thick, black mounting board to give it support and protection, and make it far easier to exhibit because I didn’t want it pinned or stuck to the wall.

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