"Onions and Garlic"
This is one of the most thought out
compositions I have ever done. I was adjusting the elements
and lighting for three days before I even started drawing.
Even some of the crumples in the bag were planned. My goal was
to use the compositional techniques
of 17th century Flemish classical realism to lead the eye
through the piece. The dark areas of the bag serve as a
contrasting background for the onions and garlic, and the
interesting lighting effects on the shadow side of the bag
create arrows that should lead the eye to the onion in the
back. The background is lighter on the right side to create
contrast with the shadow side of that onion. All this, just to
make it look like my purchases from the market are waiting on
my butcher block while I go look for a knife. By the way, I
don't own a butcher block. I had to make that one up.
This drawing is now available as a limited edition print the same size that I drew it.
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