Today I finished up a drawing commission. The photo is of the beautiful marshes on Jekyll Island, Georgia, with wonderful Spanish Moss draping the trees in that oh so Southern way, adding a touch of both elegance and mystery to the scene. The photo above is a bit blurry since I just snapped it with my iphone, it's way to cold and snowy to go outside to get a good photo in natural light. Here are all the particulars. This is done in tinted charcoal, the color is Peat, which is a deep black/brown with undertones of moss green, a lovely muted color especially on the gorgeous and substantial handmade paper which is a gray/oatmeal color. I photoshopped the color photo to gray scale and printed it out and overlayed it with a 1" x 1" grid pattern. For a commission of a particular place I use the grid to be sure that I get the scene as close to the original as possible, though I still use a bit of creative license and interpretation to create the best composition possible for the artwork, because often things work in a photo that just don;t work in a drawing or painting.