Sunday, February 6, 2011

Unfinished to Overworked in One Easy Lesson

Julie at Red Rooster Antique Mall
Many of my fellow sketchers told me to leave it alone at this stage. "I'ts done!", they said. But it seemed undone to me and it was lacking many of the elements that attracted me to the scene - primarily all the patterns and the drama of the black fan. And it didn't have any value contrast to give it depth. So I scanned it and went back later to "finish" it.

After I did my best to overwork it.
The black fan did me in. I admit that the unfinished version is better than the overworked version. But I still think there is an in-between point that would be more satisfying to me than either of these. Always learning.


  1. I really like the more finished (over done) image. The drama of darks and lights is missing in the first leaving it feeling kind of "wimpy." In the second, the contrasts and composition accentuates the stepping down motion from left to right that leads to Julie. I also really like the table and little still life. Maybe I'm just a sucker for patterns too!

  2. Hmmm . . . It will be interesting to see what the others think about it. I like the little grouping on the table, too.

  3. The different values in the second sketch make it more interesting and a nice composition