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Flower: Watercolor



Watercolor

Blue Flower Watercolor

This was my first try at watercolor and I only used 2 colors: blue & green. I used watercolor pencils and enjoyed them. It takes some getting used to. Watercolor is probably my favorite medium to look at (I could stare at Georgia O’Keeffe paintings for hours) but I have always been intimidated by it. It seems very delicate and complicated to achieve, however I also find it the most creative. It was fun to add a splash of color to my art routine!

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Baby’s Portrait

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Materials: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B

This one was really fun to draw. It was time consuming taking about 16 hours. I personally love drawing babies. I think their expressions are so much fun to capture. Overall I’m pleased with the way this one turned out.

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The Tango

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purchased from SOURCE

Time: approx 8 hours. 

Materials 8B, 4B, HB, H, 2H, kneaded eraser

I am so pleased with the way it turned out. My last drawing I kind of rushed through, so this time I made sure to take the time so I would be happy with the outcome. There were a lot of “firsts” for me in this drawing. This is the first time I’ve ever drawn folds and creases in pants (super challenging), the first time I drew a wooden floor, the first time I’ve ever used an 8B pencil (what can I say, I love contrasts, shading, utilizing a large array of values ;). Other things were familiar–the composition of the bottom half of figures, as well as figuring out the obvious light source (which always makes shadows & highlights easier as in the Ballerina sketch.)

I’ve also noticed my pictures are now much more complete than they have been in the past. When I drew my frogs, for example, I never added in any background elements, just a picture of a frog on a log/stick. Now, I’m trying to make drawings whole & complete by adding in background elements, even if it’s just shading (if that makes sense…sometimes I tend to ramble on..and on..)

I had so much fun drawing this, it was challenging, educational and pushed me to my limits.  Hope you enjoyed! 

P.S. Over the past week I’ve gotten so many kind comments on my blog. I appreciate every single one of them and through them I’ve been exposed to so many talented, inspirational, & beautiful art blogs 🙂 Thank you! 

Face of a Lonely Girl.

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Time: 2 hours

Materials: 4B, HB, kneaded eraser.

Since I’ve been drawing “headless people” lately, I figured I’d draw a face. Let me just say, portraits are HARD. I rushed through this, which is probably evident. I like the emotion in the girls face. I’ve identified with the feelings she is experiencing: lonliness, sadness, hopelessness. Thank God I’m on the other side. There IS hope, there is such thing as victory & overcoming. And that’s my story, and that’s why I drew this girl. She USED to be me. I felt what she felt and drawing this “self-portrait” I guess you can say, was a refreshing reminder of where I came from–a dark place. It’s not the case anymore. Now I’m whole, healed and FREE. And though this was the old “me”, it’s never a bad thing to reminisce about where you ONCE were, as it serves as a reminder to be grateful for how far you’ve come. 

PS I still haven’t improved at drawing hair… womp womp. 

Ballerina

Over a month. Yikes!

I really haven’t had a lot of time to draw, but found some time in the past week to start and complete this pic:

Ballerina

TIME: 5ish hours

MATERIALSS: 2H, HB, 6B, Kneaded Eraser

This was one of those pictures that you kind of dread starting because you aren’t really sure how you are going to go about doing it. I knew it would be cool/fun/challenging to do, and I really liked the picture of the dancer. Plus right now, I’m really liking the composition of drawing people, but without the face. I thought drawing a dancer or ballerina would fit into that category. I’m completely happy with the way it turned out. I won’t say its my best work, but it was fun and I appreciated the challenge.

The contrasts in the image were so dramatic, and I loved how obvious the light source was. Light source is so essential when drawing (or painting) and is something I’m always looking to improve. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, but in this case it wasn’t, and drawing the reflections & shadows was so beneficial to my “drawing experience”.

Plus I got to work with negative spaces and use the backdrop as a way to identify the dancer/ballerina so that was a new twist to my drawing I enjoyed 🙂

Hopefully it won’t be another month before my next drawing, but I make no promises. I do have 2 young kids.. time (and solitude) are rare resources around my house 😀

Baby hands and feet

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Time: 5 hours

There are things I want to draw, then there are things I am inspired to draw. This drawing was the latter. This is a first original, completely done without reference. It is actually drawn of my 8 month old. I wanted to remember his chubby legs, hands and feet. I know how quickly the baby stage passes so I enjoyed studying and observing his cute features and documenting them through pencil.

It was way easier to draw than initially anticipated. I took my time with the hands and feat, carefully played Attention to detail ad am pleased with the simplicity of it. Its  unique composition, which made it interesting to draw.

I made sure to work on not overshading. And the whole drawing was done with  2H pencil And the shadows were darkened with a HB.

Foreshortened Perspective

One of the hardest things to master when drawing is perspective. To translate something that is 3 dimensional onto a paper plane that is 2 dimensional has its challenges. I’ve been skimming through a book right now called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. First, I would HIGHLY recommend it for both the beginning & advanced pencil artist. Second, she has some extraordinary exercises to increase your ‘perceiving’ skills.. one of them being perspective & she has her readers practice drawing foreshortened perspective–one of the hardest things to draw.

They’re not the most aesthetically beautiful, but they were invaluable, and a stretch from my comfort zone. I like drawing from pictures, from images that are already flattened to 2D..

The first picture (the foot) was done from an image, the second (the outstretched hand) was my own hand, done in real life (within a 5 minute time frame), and the last one (the running feet) was the most difficult–it was done from memory, without a 2D or 3D reference. You can definitely tell which is which! HA!

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Elephant Sketch

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Time: ~10 hours

This was by far the most challenging drawing I’ve done to date. I absolutely got immersed in it and enjoyed every minute of it. There were a couple points in the drawing I wondered if I had gotten in above my head (esp. around the eye and the bottom of the trunk) but I took my time, did what I could and was pleased with the finished product. I did it in a 6X6 size so I can frame it.

I started in the upper left hand corner and worked my way down, then across, then back up. I did this so I wouldn’t smear my graphite across the paper as I was drawing. I ended up doing the eye and detailing last, then shaded over the whole drawing in a couple spots. I have had a few people ask me how I get so much depth and shading, and the answer is really using your graphite. The darkest pencil I have is 6B.. I used that for the darkest spots, and the lightest pencil I used was a 2H. I also have a paper (I use Strathmore or Canson) that can hold up to 20 layers of pencil, and I think that definitely helps. And as always, I use a kneaded eraser to do my highlights.. it makes it so simple, because I tend to smear a lot.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Sailboat Sketch

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Time: 1 hour

Materials: H, HB

This was different & something I am not used to–landscape, which was a little intimidating and definitely out of my comfort zone. However, I absolutely enjoyed doing this, and it ended up being pretty simple. The most challenging element was the water and I’m not 100% thrilled with the way the water turned out, but it works. This drawing is scaled a lot smaller than my other drawings (which are 8X10, this one is 4X6), which is probably why it didn’t take very long. This one will be a gift to a relative who lives on the ocean 🙂 It sure makes me wish I was at the beach, considering it’s currently snowing here in Montana! 😀

Tree frog (take 2)

Hello! I haven’t gotten around to posting in a while–doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing 😉 I will probably do a group of posts in a few weeks. I’ve been working on some sketches for Christmas presents for the family. I also was given some oil pastels, so we’ll see what becomes of that, they are a little intimidating.

If you can’t tell, I love drawing frogs. Here is the first one I drew. I finished this lovely this week:

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Time: Long (7-8 hoursish)

Materials: Mostly HB, 4H, B & kneaded eraser.

Again, I love tree frogs, and find them super fun to draw. I purchased THIS  picture from Shutterstock so I could own the rights ($19!!! –holy cow, anyone know any cheaper RF stock photog sites?) This was my first drawing that I’ve done from a real photograph. I’m really trying to master translating color into value through the pencil. You really have to train your brain to see in a different way. Also, sometimes I think I “overshade”, maybe it’s just my style but I was trained to use an intense array of values, so in most my drawings you will find black, white & all the values inbetween. I think it adds depth and character to a drawing, but on the other hand I can see where it can make it seem less realistic.

Part of the reason this took me so long is because I gave some extra attention to the details of the frog. For example, instead of just shading the belly (and under the mouth), I added the bumps/circles to give it a more realistic look. I also gave some more detail to the stick this time. As much as I wanted to rush through & complete it (this is my biggest challenge on all my drawings, I just want to get to the finished product)–I’m glad I spent the extra time working out the details.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section 🙂

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