Saturday, 30 January 2016

Smoke


Ever since I did the drawing of the steam locomotives a year ago I've been itching to do something else involving steam or smoke. I recently came across a photograph of an urban landscape that ticked my boxes ... and tickled my fancy. It's a dark scene and isn't the sort of 'art' that people would want to hang on their wall, but technically the challenge was just what I'd hoped it would be and I really enjoyed it. ;-)

18 comments:

  1. Nice atmosphere in this one John. You've successfully conveyed the feeling of an old industrial town. I'm not sure about the carbon footprint of the drawing though, with all that smoke from coal fires!

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    1. Thank you very much Keith. That's a good point about the carbon footprint. lol. On the positive side, I was sensible enough to wear a facemask while drawing. ;-)

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  2. I also love the atmosphere of this drawing, John. I love the details of the smoke from the chimneys of the houses. Oh by the way, I painted many many snowdrops, and two of them are going to be exhibited, I am very excited. Thanks again! xx Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy. And well done for getting two of your Snowdrop paintings exhibited. I'm sure they'll do very well. ;-)

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  3. Hi John.
    This is a wonderful Drawing. Almost a painting. The smoke is fantastic mate. All the best to you John.
    Vic.

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    1. You're very kind Vic, thank you. All the best.

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  4. You certainly don't choose the easiest subjects, really admire your skills ! The smoke is awesome, and you really perceive how it is blowing in the air !

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    1. How lovely to see you here Jane, and thank you very much for your lovely comment. ;-)

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  5. Looks great with the smoke lighter then the surroundings John! It gives a very special feeling to this drawing. Take care!

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    1. I know what you mean about the smoke being lighter Catharina, and I think that is what drew me to the original photograph. Thank you very much and take care.

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  6. When it comes to graphite John your work takes some beating. I do try study your pencil work to try improve my own skills

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    1. You're very kind Paul and I very much appreciate your comment ... it means a lot. ;-)

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  7. Excellent drawing, John! Amazing details in the houses and wonderful job on the smoke!!!

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  8. Well John, looks like my first comment on this was lost, so I'll say it again .
    Complex subject, but oh so well done.

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    1. I'm sorry your first post has been lost BJ but thank you very much for your lovely comment. ;-)

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    1. Sorry it's taken me so long to acknowledge this Jane. Thank you.

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