I am FINALLY in the Sunshine! • January 17, 2015

It’s taken me days and days to literally “make” my way along this river bank, but at last I’m clear over on the right side, with just a few buildings left to do. I must also deal with the foreground (the white area at the bottom left), which will become duckweed with perhaps a bit of trapped, floating debris. Then I’m done!


I had not intended this drawing to become so focused, but I’ve always had a tendency towards detail, probably because I look at the real world just as closely. And let’s face it, I’m really, really good at this sort of picture making! Several years ago, I did a series of illustrations for a book project (sadly remaining unpublished), which defines the extreme I’m capable of. At some point in the nearish future, I will add a new section to this website featuring the entire project, but for now, below the two photos of my current picture, is one of those illustrations. It has been awhile since I’ve looked at it, and I have to admit, I’m kind of impressed. These days, I’m trying very hard to be more expressive (one could even say painterly) in my approach. Still, it’s nice to know I can comfortably slip back a little when I find I’m drifting that way.


Okay, I’m gonna sneak back to the ink for a bit. I also promised to be a good house husband and vacuum. Reidun’s making her incredible pizza tonight and dear friends are coming over. What a great day!


Your Buddy Bill —————————–


Here is the drawing as it stands: I’ve tried to capture the scene in bright sunshine, when shadows are their darkest, and sparkly water and leaves really throw back light.



And this is a more detailed view.



An illustration from The Old Meat Hunterthe book is organized into four sections, which correspond to the seasons of the year. This is the opening image for Spring. It’s done in ink on Clayboard, and the original is only 11 inches wide! It took 3 months.


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