I was able to carve out a few hours Monday afternoon to work on the drawing. I had no idea how to convey the stonework of the library’s face, and to be honest, I was dreading having to draw every brick. As I said in the last post, I had too little patience when I was a kid.
But to my surprise, I figured out a way to make the building look like it was of hewn stone, not of a zillion identical bricks (like the left side where the tree is), and it didn’t take as long as I feared. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I like how the new stonework looks so much that I really ought to go back and use the same approach on the left side. Patience. Patience. PATIENCE.
Speaking of patience, I drew quite a bit of inspiration from a documentary I stumbled onto from Netflix, about John James Audobon, the famed bird artist. It kept me company while I worked on this, and helped me to appreciate not only how amazing his bird paintings are, but the value of details. The historians in the documentary marveled at the way he drew or painted every single strand of every single feather on every single bird–thousands and thousands of lines. So I guess I shouldn’t complain about a few bricks here and there.
I’ll be home all weekend, and I hope to find another chunk of time to finish this up. Soon and very soon, Silanders and Hamiltons.