Monday, October 13, 2008

Afternoon Tea...carbon and graphite pencil

...Afternoon Tea...
Carbon and Graphite pencil on paper, 9x6, double matted.
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The Story Behind the Image: I did this drawing as a gift for a dear friend. She faithfully helps me all summer long set up and take down for my art small job I might add. She is originally from England, still has her lovely accent and is just a pleasure to be with. You never visit her home but that you are offered a cup of tea.

I love drawing glass because of all the complex shadows and highlights. Carbon pencil was used for the darks and mid-tones, blending with a chamois square into the lighter areas. I used a #B graphite pencil for the reflective portions of the cup to bring those areas forward. Graphite has a natural shine even when used very light. This is especially noticeable when placed next to carbon or charcoal

Afternoon Tea is all about shadows and reflections...the more you look, the more you see. The shadows of the cup and saucer on the table and the light they reflect back into the tea. The shadow of the teabag on the left side of the cup, the small tea leaves that have floated to the top of the tea bag, and the way the string moves down the side of the cup into the saucer...even the tiny tag on the end leaves a shadow on the saucer.

Lastly, and not to be ignored, is the handle on the cup...poised and ready for you to take a sip. It's amazing how something so simple as a cup of tea can be so multi-faceted.

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Paula Pertile said...

This is really beautiful Marsha!

df said...

wow. nice drawing! I love it.

Paulette said...

Wonderful, the tea and your friend!

Marsha Robinett said...

Paula and DF...I'm so glad you enjoyed the drawing, it was such fun knowing I was drawing "Afternoon Tea" for a friend. I just smiled the whole time.

Paulette...Thank you, she is indeed one of those rare friends that you can always count on.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I'm so glad I followed your link from my blog because your pencil work is outstanding -- and this is from a diehard color freak as well. This cup of tea is just -- ahh! Lovely.

Anonymous said...

44your work is truly awesome!


Marsha Robinett said...

Coming from a "Diehard color freak", this is quite a compliment. What's left to say but...thank you

Angela Finney said...

I bet your friend was thrilled to get the original -- lovely thank you gift. This is a wonderfully intriguing and beautiful drawing -- I bet the prints do really well. said...

Well, your blog title certainly fits your work. An extraordinary drawing.

Anonymous said...

This is really a magnificent drawing Marsha...beautiful! Makes me putting the computer on hold and go fetch a cup of tea(Rooibosch that is)

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