Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Big-guy Beach Challenge



The Round Family

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Ok. Harry started this. I saw his post this morning of the big, harry (no pun intended) guy on the beach. Seeing that we both recently returned from the same area, I had to post my sketch of a big-guy too. But I got lucky. I got a whole family of big-beach-people!

The beach fun never ends!

34 comments:

Arty Velarde said...

Your drawing is awesome. I love the shadows and how you went over to the next page. Did you draw from life?

Chuck Rose said...

I hate to say it, ut I ma still bashful when it comes to drawing in public. However, It is a hard and fast rule of mine, that I don't work from anyone's photos but my own.

Judy Warner said...

I'm curious about how you do the shading--(because I like it so much.)Do you outline the shadow shapes? or look for and outline the lights? Do you pick a direction for the strokes of shading?? I hope you don't mind me asking this---after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Judy

Linda said...

Great job on the light and shadow contrasts! And, who but you would have spotted the Round Family and recognized a drawing opportunity? I would have passed them over, looking for Mr. Hunk, and missed out on a much more memorable drawing.

Terri said...

Love it Chuck. Thanks for the smile.

Chuck Rose said...

Thanks Judy, Linda and Terri. Great questions Judy. Yoou asked a lot about outlines of shapes. I think a better way to think about it is terms of edges.

If you look at the light coming down on the man's hat and shoulders there is a very sharp edge between the highlight and the shadow. But look at the shadows in his right lower leg. The edges are very soft. It just depends on the lighting conditions.

The higher the contrast, the harder the edges will be.

I also try to see the reflected light on objects as well. It's harder to capture in b&w than in a color medium, but there is light bouncing up from the sand that is in there too. (I hope)

Shelly McC said...

This is just gorgeous Chuck. You've captured a special something about this family.

Amanda said...

It's so nice to know that some guys aren't just sitting on the beach olging pretty bikini-clad babes.

Chuck Rose said...

Amanda! What are you talking about?! I looked at my wife every chance I got! :-)

Julie said...

Great sketch... and I love how you caught the sunlight and shadows.

jenny vorwaller said...

i love the contrast! bodies at the beach is one of my favorite things to sketch ever...:D

Big Harry H said...

HAHAHAH!!!! I LOVE THIS!!! It's on buddy!!!

I have four more to lay on ya!!!!

But as far as the challenge goes, i humbly bow to your talent. One look at this peice and it's so easy to understand why.

Next year, we'll be doing this together.... =)

pedalpower said...

Terrific drawing!

Carolyn said...

Chuck, beautiful drawing. Love the comment about your wife! ;c )
Still diggin that moleskin huh? I gotta get me one of those... I think I can only get them online though...

Question: what pencil did you use? Beautiful lines.

Chuck Rose said...

Carolyn,
I love the new you (icon)!

Had a couple of questions about pencils. I use Faber Castels. I star with a B (light) and work to a 6B (very dark)

I try not to push too hard with the pencil, but let the layers build up on each other gradually. That way I get a full range of value.

evy said...

Beautiful drawing, chuck! Nice light and shadow play. Love the way you indicated the elbow of the lady. Two simple lines but they work beautifully. I should learn about shading from you :)

Laura said...

LOVE this! You really got the lights and darks of being at the water's edge on a sunny day. The strong assymmetry in the composition appeals to me a lot and I practically clapped my hands when I saw how well you drew the figures (though I wasn't surprised, of course, who would be when it's CR drawing?) I love what you and Big H are doing with your beach drawings --and just remember, you'll have three drawing together next summer! Hear that, Big H ? ;D.
PS You were absolutely right about K and your reasons were perfect.

Sparky said...

Your expertise at capturing the mass of these people led me to speculate on what a great sculpture this would make. Like, on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach instead of the giant cement beach balls.

Chuck Rose said...

Wally, you know what scupture is don't you? It's what we bump into when we're backing up to get a good look at a painting!

Lindsay said...

I love the roundness you captured. Very realisitic and beautiful.

Jim said...

As usual, excellent work Chuck! I wonder, did you do this while these people were sitting on the beach and if so, how do you capture the images when they are continually moving? Or, did you photograph them and then work from the photo? I have such a hard time working from living people who won't remain still for the hour or two I need.

Chuck Rose said...

Hey Jim,
Good to see you again. I'm with you, I either need to be in a studio setting with a model that will sit still, or I have to photograph my subject and work from it.

Although I prefer to draw from life, because I know my eye sees more than my camera does, this method has forced me to become proficient as a photographer. After all, garbage in-garbage out, you know?

I have been shooting since I was 14 years old and have recently made an investment in a high quality digital camera/lenses which offers me professional quality and no processing of film. So that helps a lot.

Natalie (and Augustine) said...

Hi Chuck, just discovered your blog via Wally Torta's place. Am delighted to have found you and will blogroll you now. I like your style and your attitude, will come back often. Come visit me too.

kay susan said...

Brilliant. I'm keeping away from your beach!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

nice illustration

JO said...

Beautiful drawing.

Janet said...

Enjoyed seeing this again!Priceless!
(I remember Harrys'funny beach series, too)

ValGalArt said...

beautiful!!!

gudbrandsdottir said...

This is such a great drawing and the shading is awesome!

donna said...

Love the quality of your line and shadow, great piece.

J. E. Morris said...

How spectaularly corpulent - lovely sketch.

minacristina said...

Great drawing!Love the shading!

HARDWAX said...

Greatsketch, beautiful work!

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