Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Golden Gate Bridge

I am thrilled to type this as my 99th post. For the special 100th I shall have something equally special. In the meantime, I finished another sketch. Here it is -

This is Point Isabel regional Shoreline, Richmond. A former railway trestle bridges the slough feeding Hoffman marsh (foreground), one of the best saltmarsh remnants on the Central Bay, that I reproduced from the book San Francisco Bay Portrait of an Estuary.

Golden Gate Bridge
9" x 12"
Charcoal pencil on paper

General brand HB pencils #2, #4, and #6
Canson brand Premium Cream Medium Tooth paper
Prismacolor brand fixative

Side by side comparison

It caught my eye for its subtlety. I had been meaning to draw golden gate bridge for some time. When I saw this picture I thought its perfect giving quite unique perspective of the bridge. I was intrigued enough to draw it.

I cropped the reference picture to fit it to a satisfactory level of composition. Making sure the foreground leads to the railway trestle bridge, the focal point, I tried to induce the depth. To accentuate the warmth of the morning sun, made the shadows pitch dark. The golden gate appears in the far off background. So it was necessary to have the feel of distance & three dimensionality. Barring some (in)conspicuous omissions overall essence of the picture is recreated.

It was a fun exercise. I, however, spent little more time than I should. But I think, with practice, I will improve on that. Considering it was my first in terms of reproduction of a charcoal sketch from a colored picture it definitely gave me a few ponderworthy moments. We live for that, don't we?

Last words

I have changed the clouds since the posting of this entry to just a slight hint and that gives a better outlook. I will post pics when I can and you can judge it yourself.


Samsara said...

Lovely rendition!

Bhavna said...

Thanks Samsara! I love to read comments on my work.

Susan said...

Your drawings are beautiful, you're so lucky to have that talent!

Bhavna said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for kind words. It made my day!


VictoriaG said...

Oh! THe sketches are just lovely! I can't even draw a proper stick figure :-)

Bhavna said...

Thank you! You are so very prolific yourself.

Alexandra said...

Wow! That's beautiful! Congratulations!

superwoman_4002 said...

absolutely beautiful!! :) you've got talent!! Can't wait to read your 100th post!! :D

maryeb said...

Found you through Ravelry and at an exciting time, your 99th post! Congrats.

That sketch is amazing. You are quite an artist.

Bhavna said...

Hey Sarah & Mary,

Thank you so much!


oftengrumpy said...

Post 99 eh? Wow, I'm only on about post 15 so I've got quite a while to wait! Your drawing is amazing! My artistic talent ended with rainbows in the 2nd grade.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's beautiful :)

Bhavna said...

Thank you Melanie! Ah, you will be there before you know it.

Srividya said...

It is beautiful Bhavna. I would like to do a sketch of the golden gate bridge. I don't know when I would get around to it though. :)