Wood Stork and Water Lilies Pencil Sketch

Wood Stork and Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - An original pen sketch to create the composition.
Wood Stork and Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – An original pen sketch to create the composition.

Wood Stork and Waterlilies Pencil Sketch – It’s time to start a new painting. The subject of this painting is a wood stork and water lilies. The habitat will be a swamp with several large cypress trees. I begin by making a compositions of the painting in thumbnail sketches. I drew this sketch using a ball point pen in notebook. If I have an idea, I sketch it out no matter where I am. I will re-draw it actual or half size to see if it still looks good in a larger format if I think the thumbnail sketch has potential. I’ll proceed to draw a detailed actual size drawing if the sketch was half size.

From sketch to full size pencil drawing

Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - This is a pencil drawing of the composition done on an 18"x24" sketch pad.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – This is a pencil drawing of the composition done on an 18″x24″ sketch pad.

I try to make the drawing as close to actual size as possible. My paper size is 18″x24″. I’ll scale the drawing using a grid if the painting is larger than 18″x24″. Many are. Once the full or actual size drawing is complete, I take a piece of tracing paper and trace the drawing. This will be helpful in positioning various elements of the composition in their proper location as the progress of the painting evolves. After the drawing is traced, I proceed by turning my tracing of the drawing into a carbon paper.

Making a Carbon Copy of the Drawing

Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top.

This is done by taking the tracing and flipping it over. I then take a soft graphite pencil (perhaps a 3B), color the lines on the back of the tracing paper. By doing this, I now have a carbon paper copy of my drawing which I can apply to the painting as needed. Because we will be painting objects from front to back, the elements up close will not need to be ‘drawn’ on our paper until all of the elements behind them have been completed. In the next post, we will mix the paint for the sky which will provide most of our background color for this composition.

Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top. Getting ready to make the carbon paper.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top. Getting ready to make the carbon paper.
Wood Stork and Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - Making my own carbon paper by shading the back of my tracing paper.
Wood Stork and Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – Making my own carbon paper by shading the back of my tracing paper.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top. Flipping over the tracing paper to make it carbon paper.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – Pencil drawing with tracing paper on top. Flipping over the tracing paper to make it carbon paper.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - With a blank sheet of paper underneath the tracing paper, I carbon underneath the drawing on the tracing paper. This will give me a "master copy" of the drawing as I complete the painting.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – With a blank sheet of paper underneath the tracing paper, I carbon underneath the drawing on the tracing paper. This will give me a “master copy” of the drawing as I complete the painting.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - I carbon underneath the drawing on the tracing paper. This will give me a "master copy" of the drawing as I complete the painting. (Continued)
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – I carbon underneath the drawing on the tracing paper. This will give me a “master copy” of the drawing as I complete the painting. (Continued)
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch - Close up of shading the back of the drawing on the tracing paper.
Wood Stork Water Lilies Pencil Sketch – Close up of carboning underneath the drawing on the tracing paper.

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