For the last two days I have been drawing this Eve study. I went overboard with mark-making, must be several thousand marks. I got a gift of an ancient but great pencil sharpener. A good friend sent me a gift of an ancient used Panasonic pencil sharpener, after I was discussing that I haven’t been able to find decent pencil sharpener.
Light and shadow in drawing in painting is about 1/100th the range of tone as in real real life. Shadow is about 1/10th of the range of tones in a drawing compared to light. So just working in shadow and nothing else is like being in straight-jacketed. It is crazy. But a great project of exploration.
It is after 4 am, and I have been drawing around the clock. Faced with an art challenge I zero in and don’t think of anything else, just now, after a few days, it feels like I am surfacing from the art universe.
Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 1/24/2021