Saturday, September 1, 2007

EDM #132: Draw a chain



I was ready with graphite pencil and bristol board to draw what I thought would be shiny links in a chain. But when I looked in the bucket in the laundry room which contained the chains, I discovered they were old and rusty. Although I've never tried to paint "rust" before, I decided to give it a try.

Pen and watercolor on 140 lb. CP Fabriano

14 comments:

demibrix said...

Hi Sharon -- The rust is VERY believable - I knew what it was before I read your description. Nice job! - Barbara

shirley said...

Great job!

Arty Velarde said...

your chain is beautiful. I like the border too.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Ooooh this is lovely. Greta colour and comp.

Sherry said...

I like your chains, too. I also went for rusty and pitted. All my jewelry chains were teeney and shiny, the bigger chains seems to offer a better, at least easier for me, option. Now I see you've chosen a similar subject. Great minds? :)

Linda said...

Great job! I like that the chain is rusted. :-)

Teri C said...

Beautifully done!

Africantapestry said...

Great chain Sharon and yes, they do look rusty! I wanted huge old rusty chains for my stairs at the back in the garden. Did indeed some, but coming from the 18th century?...they were far too expensive. So Hartman bought me brandnew huge chains at the hardware, threw them in a huge fire for a time and voila, my staircase has beautiful old, rusted chains!Looks like yours.
Great work as always
Ronell

juj said...

Gorgeous! And such a refreshing change of pace - I'm glad your chains turned out to be rusty. They're great!

Margie said...

Love these, and they convey lots of weight. Is the background watercolor?

Sharon said...

Margie, the background is a wash of burnt sienna and ultramarine.

Rah Kyndl said...

Good to hear from you. (I trust the chain is back in the shop by now.)
I am intrigued by this drawing/painting of yours. I know you like constructive criticism; but, I am hard-pressed to find anything like poor layout, poor color choices, or unskillful execution in this piece...definitely the opposite!
And-truth be told-these are the colors of my world; so, it is esp. appealing to me..."rust never sleeps" and all that(!).

Did you check-out the new YouTube link in my "link" list...talk about intriguing.

Serena said...

The second I laid eyes on it I thought - rusty, old chain - so you achieved your aim very well. :)

phthaloblu said...

Beautifully done! You've caught the rustiness well.