By beginning with a drawing, I can let the composition of a piece start to tell its story without the complexity of color. Working from a reference photo taken in northern New Mexico, I begin plotting out the position and direction of the darks & lights and clarifying the composition of the drawing.
The beginning of a drawing – laying in the darks and lights
Developing the entire drawing-
Strengthening the darks –
The finished drawing. Charcoal on paper, 10x16 in