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Irish Fiddler Dylan Foley

4 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

At a house concert in upstate New York, I open my gouache sketchbook in my lap to paint Irish fiddle champ Dylan Foley.

Here's what I try to do at each stage:
Step 1. The watercolor-pencil drawing locatesthe elements. A big gray wash lowers the tone.There's a moment of hesitation as I worry that the wash will erase the drawing.
Step 2. I place the features as spots, as ifI'm seeing the scene out of focus. Next, thebig darks establish the poster-like pattern.
Step 3. Interpreting the tones of the face in two values first, then finding halftones and variations.Because Dylan is in constant...
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