Drawing Basics: Preparing Your Surface

In the June 2007 issue of American Artist, we discussed how the large charcoal drawings that Montana artist David C. Powers creates on toned pano Artistico hot-pressed watercolor paper are inspired by the feelings of danger, freedom, solitude, and the connection he associates with nude figures in the landscape. Here, we examine how he prepares his drawing surface.

 

0704powedemo1_600x472 In order to get an even tone on the drawing paper, the artist has to submerge it in a vat of diluted acrylic paint. Powers then hangs the wet sheets of paper from rods so the drawing paper will dry without getting damaged
Step 1
Powers cuts a 40"-x-20" piece of Fabriano Artistico hot-pressed watercolor paper from a large roll hanging on a rod.
Step 2
In order to get an even tone on the drawing paper, the artist has to submerge it in a vat of diluted acrylic paint.
Step 3
Powers then hangs the wet
sheets of paper from rods so
the paper will dry without
getting damaged. He
repeats the process until he gets the exact warm tone he wants for his drawing surface.

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