Well, after all the great suggestions I got from my thread "which one?" (thanks again, everyone!)
, I decided to do two different views of the Tannery.. a smaller, more close-up view.. and later, a larger full scene view with more background. I finally had time to get started on the first one.. the smaller view. I have about 5-6 hours into it so far.
(btw - Dean's comment on that thread to "not overshadow this cool building with foliage" had a great deal to do with my choice - thanks Dean!)
For those who missed that thread, the Tannery is another of the historical structures that I am fortunate enough to have here in Bethlehem. It was built by Moravian settlers in 1761.. and was restored in 1971.
I am, again, doing this drawing for with sole intention of selling prints of it.. which is why I'm going to do two versions. Along with a choice of B&W and hand-coloring, I'm also trying to provide customers with a choice of size (not everyone has room for a 16 x 20 piece)
So, here it is.. "00" Koh-i-noor
tech pen on Bainbridge ruling mechanical board
(my store stopped carrying the Strathmore
) aprox image size is 8 x 10.
This is a cropped version that doesn't include some of the foliage on the left side due to not being able to fit it on my scanner. (I currently have long strips of board taped to the edges of the drawing to provide my vanishing points.. when I'm done with the building, I can remove them and get a full scan)
Here's the ref photo.
And, of course, here's the close-up. (displays about 3-4 times larger than actual size)
I remember someone recently asking if pencil lines are layed down before the ink is applied. Here is a really good example of that very thing. I freehand draw the stones for the corner of the building, then I use them to draw guide lines back to my vanishing point. Then I grab my pen and go to work! I outline my stones first, then go back later with cross-hatching.
I learned something from my Waterworks drawing which I'm utilizing with this one. In the Waterworks, I did the lighter wall of the building first, but ran into problems as I had to make the other wall a bit too dark to maintain the contrast between the two. Then, when I drew the windows on the dark wall, they had to be much darker than they really were, and became dangerously close to getting "muddy".
In this one, I'm starting with the darker side of the building first, then I can base the other values on that.