The title of this post rings true to beginning a drawing as well as this blog post!
This post is going to show the steps taken to complete my latest piece of work.
I had a great time playing around with rose-gold foil and double sided sticky-tape. If anyone wants to make a sparkly mess, I highly recommend it!
I begin by pencilling in the main rectangular shape.
Carefully and accurately sticking down strips of my double-sided tape where I want my
gold-foil to stick. This tape is 3mm wide, much thinner than most tapes and is my new favourite material to use! I have experimented with using glues, but with a design like this with such straight lines a tape like this is much more effective to achieve the precision I'm after.
Each end of each piece of tape is cut at a 30degree angle so they are all identical, to end the stripes in a triangular shape. Yes, I use a protractor to cut the 30degree angle on a 3mm piece of tape. Twelve times. It's all in the detail remember!
I fill in the black area before the gold-foil is applied. I want to do as little as possible to this area once the foil is on to avoid damaging it
Once the black rectangle is coloured in, I begin peeling off the protective layers of the double-sided tape. Immensely satisfying! Once all are off, I'm ready to begin applying the foil!
I am using very thin sheets of rose-gold foil. You can get these from art shops or online. Beware not to have a fan on while using them or they will fly everywhere. I've learnt the hard way
Foil sheets are applied on all areas covered in tape.
With a brush, I dust of the gold foil from various angles, to leave perfect straight lines where the foil has stuck to the tape. The gold-foiling is complete.
I begin drawing the area I want to be full of detail. Compared to alot of my drawings this is a small area of drawing so didn't take me too long, I'd say around the 5hour mark.
Finished. Theres alot less line work with the fine-line pens on this one but I really wanted to experiment with making the rose-gold the focal point. She glistens beautifully