Drawing of Old Store
Here is my first art installment of 2017. Please allow me to welcome this drawing of an old store into my repertoire!
This piece of work was given to my brother in law for Christmas. He says he’s going to hang it in his shop. I haven’t been given the tour of his shop yet but they do have a very nice backyard. I believe the term used nowadays is “man cave” but from what I heard that is more like a designated room in the home. This is probably a good kind of subject matter for the man cave: Anything with vehicles, local haunts, landmark places…this one in particular came from a photo in Nat-Geo (best photography ideas I ever got). I did a painting based on it once and then decided to replicate it in Corel Draw. I used the Pen tool in combination with the grid layout so the angles and proportions would be accurate.
If you ever took some formal classes on drawing “perspectives” might have been discussed a great deal. The building is sitting at a three-quarter angle so there is no need to determine the vanishing point. The Clone tool was my good friend here for the more redundant details like that of the rooftop lines, grass patches, and the Coca-Cola symbol too.
What I like best about this scene is the purplish sky that gives this old abandoned haunt a certain quality that is eerie yet mysterious in a good way. Purple hues tend to do that to scenes. It looks like some kind of ghost town here, you wonder when civilization last hang around this old “saloon”. The bluish/purple/indigo kind of offsets the drab colors present in the store and the buildings in the background.
I think my original painting had a little more depth but that’s the breaks. I went by it the whole time as I have no idea where I put the original photograph I clipped from Nat-Geo. I really like photography as I see it as “art without illusion”.
My sister in law got a beach scene from me; I try to think about other people’s tastes individually, and when I’ve visited what their general taste in decor looks like. Something to keep in mind if you do art and you want to give some of your work as gifts.
♥Thanks for looking and commenting if you have any feedback or input 🙂