This week we spotlight another winner from our Strokes of Genius art competition — Somme by Marina Dieul, featured in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow.
Charcoal on paper | 12″ x 16″ (30cm x 41cm)
Here’s what Marina Dieul says about the artwork:
This artwork is about the fascination of watching a child sleeping, totally vulnerable and confident. I decided to keep the drawing in low key, although I wanted to have a few spots of perfect white. I massed the values to obtain a balanced composition, keeping the highest contrasts near my focal point, the baby’s face. Then I worked mostly by big masses, refining more and more the small shapes, using a lot of stomp, chamois and kneaded eraser. During the process, it became clear which edges needed to be very soft and where to keep some line works.
Marina Dieul’s piece Somme appeared in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, published by North Light Books in 2009. Enter the competition here for your chance to appear in Strokes 5 & win other prizes!