James I IV Oak in Winter Snow

James I IV Oak in Winter Snow

“James I IV Oak in Winter Snow” [10th January 2023] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist, drawing with H, HB, 4B, 8B and sky blue pencils, signed in black ink on 280gsm 250mm x 300mm gesso primed canvas [pad], digitally edited image 3130 x 2680 pixels.

For my new sketch drawing “James I IV Oak in Winter Snow” my first draft took 45 minutes. 

With the second final draft of 36 minutes I tidied the Oak detail, grasses were added/shaded, the Oak and trees defined, near-ground shadows darkened, striation lines added near the fence, fence posts and traces of the fence included, leaves far-ground details refined and then I immediately signed the artwork.

I made this quite sketchy with a sense of the cold winter beauty and lively as possible.

Here is my original photograph:

“James I IV Oak in Winter Snow – photograph” [25th January 2021, 1452hrs] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist.

I take carefully composed photographs from time to time when I am walking about. As you can see, this photograph has brought a new artwork nearly two years on from when it was taken. The shadowy blue tones along with the nicely drawn Oak art my favourite details.

Sometimes after the first draft I wonder how I will make a sketch into an artwork. The first draft of “James I IV Oak in Winter Snow” was instantly successful, as artists say. Therefore I knew it wouldn’t need too much for me to happily finish the fine details.

I briefly considered blending the blue tones before deciding that this style is exactly what the artwork required. Simplicity and raw construction with everything except the James I IV Oak of 1612. The latter becoming a focal point of the whole piece.

One hour and twenty-one minutes in entirety.

I love my new artwork and hope you like this too.