Whilst I continue to play around with my paints, I thought you might like to see a drawing I did a while back.
The idea for this drawing came to me when I was unloading the dishwasher. (Ideas come at the strangest moments sometimes, don't they?)
Anyway - I had rested some glasses on the black, shiny hob just prior to putting them away when I noticed their reflections, which I thought were rather interesting. I couldn't actually see the glasses themselves, but rather the refracted light which was reflecting from them.
I immediately thought it might make an interesting drawing and was soon recreating the black shiny surface of the hob with three pieces of black card and a sheet of glass, upon which I placed the glasses.
I then directed a bright light towards the glasses, which gave me the exact effect I was looking for...
© Sandra Busby. Pastel pencils
It's quite effective, don't you think?
Every line you see is the first laid down, because if I tried to erase such light pastel pencils from such black paper, it would have left a mark. I just started very lightly and then sharpened it up as I progressed. As you can see, drawing ellipses free hand, with no room for error is rather challenging!
What strikes me now is how much more interesting I could have made it if I had put another sheet of glass behind the glasses too. There would have been even more reflections!
It's a shame that I couldn't get a good photograph of the picture. Unfortunately the light is bouncing back from the black paper. So, you need to imagine it how it really is - the entire black surface of the paper is jet black, and all of the lights are very sharp.
For this drawing, I used a sheet of large A2 black paper and pastel pencils, but I'd like to do something similar with acrylics. - Oh there are so many things in a queue in my head at the moment!