Friday, August 19, 2011

Apples 4 Ways

Apples 4 Ways
6" x 18" Coloursofts on Pastelbord

What a week... but I managed to get my last juice drawing finished. 

I started the drawing (like the others) with my focal point: the glass of juice. I've often heard the advice of doing the focal point last, but I can't seem to work that way. I like starting with the focal point because it is the star and I want it to have the most contrast and the most detail of the composition. If I do it first I can draw the other elements in a way to support that focal point, possibly with less detail and contrast. So I started with the glass and then I worked my way left to right just so I wouldn't smudge much. You can see how the details of the cloth in the back is the most "unfinished" because it is just there as a supporting element and I didn't want to call attention to it (although I am in this blog post right now, aren't I?). 

& below is them all together. They work pretty well I think! AND as an art teacher I can't help but like the analogous color grouping.  


Wen Baragrey said...

Love it! I love the strength of color in it with those reds. The three pieces work absolutely perfectly together, too. Yum!

Dianna Soisson said...

I love the horizontal crop! It creates an even stronger piece! What true and vibrant colors you've mastered!

Ester Durães said...

wow this is beautiful! :)
can you tell me which brand of pastelboard do you use? I've tried Coloursoft and they only seem to work well for me on pastel paper but it's super thin so I guess I need to look out for pastel board to use them :)

Nicole Caulfield said...

Thanks girls!!

Ester - it is on Ampersand Pastelbord. :-)

Kara K. Bigda said...

I'm always inspired by your compositions and these are no exception. I know what you mean about the light and glow and boy were you able to capture that in all of these. I bet these are amazing to see in person!

Nicole Caulfield said...

Thanks Kara! :-)