Ships of Tarshish drawing the composition in pencil – Every great composition starts with making thumbnail sketches. Make several thumbnail sketches until you develop a composition you like. Good foreground, background, middle distance, proper overlapping, a variety of angles, vertical, horizontal, diagonal and the ability to make the eye move all make for a great composition. This particular thumbnail sketch is about 18 cm wide (7 inches).
Ships of Tarshish drawing the composition in pencil
After a thumbnail is chosen, the next step is to make a drawing that is 1/4 of what the final size of the artwork will be. Because the size of the final artwork will be 40″ X 24″, this 1/4 sketch will be around 17″ X 10″. Once you have drawn this composition to satisfaction, we’ll need to draw a grid on top of it. The purpose of the grid is to serve as an aid in re-creating the composition on a larger scale. Here is the 1/4 composition drawing with the grid.
Here is the finished pencil drawing. If you look closely, you’ll see a grid that matches the 1/4 scale pencil drawing. Compositions can sometimes lose their magic when being re-drawn from a small drawing to a large drawing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that the 1/1 final drawing is in perfect scale with the 1/4 drawing.
In the next post, we will begin inking the celtic border using a 1.20 mm Rapidograph, circle template and a french curve. To buy prints of my work, please visit my store at Fine Art America. To purchase my original artwork, please send me a message through my Contact page.