View Full Version : Michigan Law Library -WIP (help needed!)

12-06-2014, 02:45 PM

Here is the original picture and my scratchboard so far. This is the first time I've done a building so I'm learning a lot on the job (like use a ruler!). But I have no idea what to do with the trees/bushes. I've done leaves before but only close up. I've tried doing mess of leaves in a nest too but it didn't turn out well, and I'm worried I'll mess this one up too. Hence the need for advice.

Does anyone have examples of similar pieces they've done?

12-06-2014, 02:46 PM
Sorry for the sideways picture. I'm not sure why it did that.

12-06-2014, 05:11 PM
You've got a great start going on a complicated piece. Keep at it. I don't have any samples, never having tried a piece like this but others have. One thing to think about with such a complex, difficult piece is possible to consider it a pre sketch in which to work out problems then having worked out the problems redo it. I've often done this and liked the results.

12-09-2014, 08:37 AM
Do you really need the trees? Maybe you could use reference photos to fill in the areas behind them. Great start on this.

12-09-2014, 03:23 PM
First, wow! You're kicking it. Second, I would sketch out the basic tree shape with a white charcoal pencil and, as suggested, scratch what's behind them. You can always ink back in if you take out too much. I would leave the trees and bushes simple - like in the photo. It's about the building after all.

Harry Seymour
12-09-2014, 09:34 PM
Wow. What an ambitious project. Looks fantastic already. I'd not worry too much about the trees. Put them in and let our muse balance them with the rest of the image.

12-09-2014, 10:02 PM
Ambitious indeed, but you're doing a great job. I'd leave the trees as just silhouettes - all black space. When you get the rest finished, if the trees need little hints of texture, add that, but they really don't need much detail.

12-10-2014, 07:45 AM
For what it's worth, I'm 100% with Ann on this. The trees need very little and will provide some helpful negative space as well. It looks fantastic, Kendall, and it's pretty apparent that you should trust your own (excellent) artistic judgment.

12-11-2014, 10:41 AM
Thanks everyone. I'm taking a break from this piece for a little while, but will post it when its all done :)