Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chocolate Orange


This is the last of the Chocolate Orange I got for Christmas from my mother-in-law. I was going to sketch it and write the story and had everything arranged to draw. Then Hubby came up behind me, snatched the last slice and took a bite.

"Hey! I was gonna draw that!"

"Oops, sorry" as he lays the half eaten slice back on the foil.

He trots to the kitchen and returns with a Snickers bar which he flings on my desk.

"Here, draw that."

"But it doesn't have a story!"

"Well, what's left of the chocolate orange really has a story now."

He had a point.

Process notes:
Really overworked this one with the shading on the box. Ugh. Should have left it unshaded and not been so ticky about it. It looked great right up to the time I added the first bit of Payne's Gray. Then I watched it go into the weeds...there it goes...I couldn't stop the disaster. Made a big ol' box of mud.

I usually spend about 15 minutes painting and that includes drying time. I spent close to two hours on this. With sketch painting, faster is better. Must. Remember. This.

The page looked nekkid after I was finished painting, so I thought I would throw a little splatter on there to liven things up. It was a good idea but badly executed. There must be a trick to that splatter business that I don't know.

To me this page still looks dull and lacking...lacking what I don't know.


Sarah M said...

I had no idea you could get Terry's chocolate oranges in the US! I never saw one before I moved to the UK. Have to admit they don't do much for me, but I like your sketch and the story. :-)

Speck said...

Sarah - They're only in the stores here at Christmas so they're kinda special. My M-I-L asks me every year what I want for Christmas and I immediately spout, "A Chocolate Orange!"

"Anything else?"


Yes, I could go get one myself, but it just wouldn't be the same.

Obviously it takes me a while (9 weeks) to finish one because I can only handle a slice or two at a time. The first slice is really good; the second slice is really too much orange chocolate.

raena said...

Small, I don't see the flaws you spoke looks great. If I enlarge it, I see what your talking about, but I don't think it's as bad as you think. Overall, I think it's a wonderful page! Oh, and I LOVE those chocolate oranges!!