More Cranes

cranes blue sky s

I’ve drawn Japanese Cranes before, but I wanted to try colored pencil on the black paper I bought awhile ago, and they seemed the perfect subject.

crane black sky s

I go back and forth about the blue background.  Yes or no?  maybe it should be less linear.

The inspiration for drawing on black came from some work by Marisol I saw at El Museo Del Barrio.  I tried to find some good examples online, but this is the best I could do:

marisol comp

You really can’t see how luminous they are from these reproductions.  And they are large, very large.  I also love the layers, and the way she took the hands and body parts and made them into an abstract form.  The one on the right is part of a series Marisol did in response to the war in Vietnam.

…and have I mentioned that Japanese Cranes are an endangered species?

MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper

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11 responses to “More Cranes”

  1. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Wow, love these!! I really like the blue with the lines. I think it allows us to see more movement, more flapping. Gosh, I’m impressed with these, really well done! So glad you joined in for Draw A Bird Day! :))))

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  2. artandmoondreams says :

    Beautifully done. The blue background seems to add depth and gives the pair a placement in space while the black is classic and striking. Both are lovely and translate the cranes’ power and grace with artistic flair.

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  3. Scribble Fiend says :

    I agree with the others, the blue looks very nice. And the idea of drawing them on black paper is great.

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  4. Rebecca says :

    Yes! These are wonderful! The cranes have life, and the coloured abstract is a feast. Delicious.

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  5. mycreativeresolution2014 says :

    Love these on the black paper! Yes to the blue background. You’ve captured their shapes beautifully.

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  6. lesliepaints says :

    Oh yes on the blue background. It brings the scene to life and seems more finished and less like an anatomical of “bird”. Also, the second crane finishes it beautifully! Really cool!!!!

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