I found another image from Wet Canvas’ online reference library that I wanted to draw. (It’s by the same photographer as the snail carving in my last post: ploverwing. Apparently, it’s from the same batch of carvings adorning official buildings in Ottawa.)
The sculpture is of a green man: a head with greenery surrounding it. I was drawn to it more than other green man-style carvings because the leaves weren’t growing from his mouth. For some reason, that just seems strange to me. Mind you, it doesn’t bother me that the greenery in this sculpture seems to be sprouting from the bridge of his nose…but there you go. 😉
Anyway! I started to draw the sculpture as a literal study of it… meaning I didn’t see it as anything but a cool sculpture shot at a bit of an unusual angle with lots of well-defined shadows and edges to capture with ink lines.
Then, I decided to add pupils to what are just blank eyes in the photo. The drawing seemed to become more than just a rendering of an archetypal image on a wall. He took on a definite personality and I couldn’t resist ‘freeing’ him from the wall. And, of course, naming him.
This is ‘Forest Watcher’ so far:
There’s a long way to go on it, but I’m really enjoying exploring this type of penwork. Black Pigma Micron (size 005) on smooth bristol. Image size: @ 12″ X 9-1/2″