Brandon Wilkinson

Studio process for “Outpost”

Wednesday, October 14th 2009 at 8:55pm

Here are some photographs of the drawing “Outpost” in process.

First I set up a small model of a driftwood fort in a sandbox I constructed in my studio.

closeup of driftwood fort

Then I drew the outline of the structure on paper and filled in the wood areas with a light wash of gauche.

closeup of light wash of guache

Using charcoal and pastel pencils I begin to flesh out the color and texture of the structure.

pallette of easil

To go from this…

Easel near start

To this.

Easel near end

Studio from outside

You can see the shadows of the easel and the sandbox to the left of it in the last photo. I’ve got my ipod in there playing books on tape during most of the process. For this drawing I listened to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and the first parts of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. Time really flies by in here. Four or five hours into the work it feels like I’ve just sat down.

1 comment

  1. Catherine Schaper said on Saturday, November 28th 2009 at 4:30pm


    I like this portion of your site. It is fun to see the work in action. I feel like the music I listen to while I make art influences my process. I can understand how Tom Sawyer may have worked his way into your imagination.


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