This is an oil pastel on black card of the Water Tower in Twilight as seen from Lloyd Park.
It is the FIRST of two oil pastel drawings I did at Lloyd Park one evening in August 1988. The SECOND oil pastel drawing is titled Lloyd Park in Twilight and it can be also be accessed from the Art Pulldown Menu or its subsection labelled Landscape. Both images are shown here beneath the main feature as a two-part slideshow.
My hands were a greasy mess afterwards from using the oil pastels; a medium that I had only just began trying out a few years earlier and I’d just had a long break from using them. What was unusual for me though, was working straight on to black card with the pastels; I usually draw in pencil first before using paints, colour pencils or fibre-tips, sometimes also wholly or partially inking in over the pencilling before or after. Translucent paint layers often cover the inking.
For the fine detail in the grasses, cow parsley and black silhouette leaf-work in the foreground of this picture, I scored through the oils with pen and pencil afterwards.
My signature and the date in the bottom right corner of this picture were done with pen and black ink, superimposing a partially highlighted rendition of the signature with a sharpened white pastel. Nothing too complicated, that’s me.
Both images, the ‘Water Tower in Twilight’ and ‘Lloyd Park in Twilight’ are scanned directly from the original drawings, thus virtually retaining the colouring they were bestowed with in creation.
Maybe a wee bit of tweaking with brightness and contrast in PhotoStudio afterwards if the image looks a touch pasty-faced and needs a bit of a boost.
For the SECOND drawing ‘Lloyd Park in Twilight’ I moved just beyond the summit of the grassy hill almost at the centre of this view, where the long shadows of trees out of sight to my left fall across the sun-scorched summer grasses. I sat just in front of the two trees, left of this picture, one either side of me. The tree extreme left of the ‘Water Tower View in Twilight’, was the predominant tree in ‘Lloyd Park in Twilight’.
This afforded me a view downslope across the more lush green grasses leading down to Coombe Road, where the Tramlink nowadays swoops up towards Shirley and Addington, For a glimpse of this, see Lloyd Park in Twilight.
Dave Draper, June 2014
To illustrate what I mean by ‘tweaking with brightness and contrast’, I have included a slideshow depicting 4 reduced images. The second 2 are duplicates of the first 2 with Tone Adjustment in PhotoStudio.
Dave Draper, July 2014