Sketchbook

My documentation of drawings, sketches & recent artwork

Deer Sketch

deersketch

 

Materials: HB, 2B, 4B, kneaded eraser

Time: 3 hours

I wanted to take a break from my shading series and put my techniques to practice! I have been on an animal kick lately, and thought it would be really fun to draw a deer. Something about the contrast and detail in the horns, to the fun shading in the face and ears made me want to take on the challenge. I had a lot of fun with this drawing. The tones took a while to layer because there are SUCH dark tones in the eyes, nose/mouth, and horns. Almost all the detail was done with a .5 mm HB mechanical pencil & a kneaded eraser.

Thanks for reading! 😀

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Shading Series: Portrait of a Kitten

kitten

Materials (.9 Mechanical Pencil, kneaded eraser, tortillon)

Time: 3 hours

This is my 3rd drawing of my Shading Series done from Lee Hammond’s book. And this was my first drawing done with a tortillon. I don’t know why I haven’t picked any up sooner! It was a dream to blend with. It was also my first drawing of an animal where I used fur/hair in the details, because if you’ve been following a while, you know it’s a weak area of mine. It was difficult to draw and shade, and add detail and I started over and had a lot of redos. However, I think it was a great learning experience and I look forward to practicing my sketches of furry animals 🙂

Shading Series: Flamingo

This is the second animal in my shading series. You can find the first here.

flamingo

Materials: Mechanical Pencil (.9, HB)

Time: 1 hour

This one was fun! Lots of layers of shading & lots of fun detail. I’m definitely learning to take my time to layer the values. I used to start  a drawing & work from one area to the next, however Hammond has you start by laying down the darkest values first, then midtones, then blending & highlights and to add detail last. It has been a very valuable lesson.

Up next: Kitten

Shading Series: Seal

This week, I’m really working on my technique. And I decided I really want to work on shading. On a whim, I purchased Lee Hammonds “Big Book of Drawing”, and am going to go through her animal section to work on my shading technique.

The first animal she starts out with is a seal:

seal

Materials: Mechanical pencil

Time: 45 mins

She has her reader shade with blending stumps (tortillons), however the only “blending stump” I have is my finger, so you can kinda tell in some areas that the shading could’ve been smoother. The animals in her series progressively get harder. Next up is a flamingo, so stay tuned 😉

 

Cat and the Fishbowl

Cat and the Fishbowl

Cat and the Fishbowl

I have been on a hiatus! No posts in 3-4 months. Well, I’m back 🙂 I’ve missed drawing, I’ve just been busy with life. Raising 2 young kids, while expecting our 3rd in November is enough to keep me busy. 

Materials: Mechanical Pencil (HB), 2B, 4B, 2H, kneaded eraser

Time: appx. 4 hours

This was a very fun drawing. The shading in this drawing was extremely challenging, and I found the most difficult part to be was creating the “glass” look with the fishbowl. Surprisingly, the cat and fish subjects were the easiest and quickest for me to do. I spent most my time highlighting and shading the fishbowl itself trying to create a realistic look. The light source is clearly from the left-handed side and the background shading was extremely important in this drawing. A lot of the images came from negative space (ie the cat). Overall I’m pleased with the way it turned out. If I were to do this drawing again, I’d spend more time and detail on the shape of the fishbowl..I don’t find it perfectly spherical. I’d also add more detail to the cat (like hair and fur and whiskers), but if you’ve been around the blog a while, you know that I have a fear of drawing “hair” (aka I’m not very good at it) 😀

If anybody is still around, thanks for reading! I’ll be posting a lot more drawings in the coming weeks, so check back! And as always, I appreciate any feedback (including the harsh & constructive)! Thanks 🙂

The Tango

Image

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! 

A little bit of color.. “Daylight”

daylight

 

 

“Daylight” Oil on 24″ X 24″ canvas.

This is a piece I did as a gift when I was about 15 years old. It wasn’t a school project, but something I worked on during my spare time. It took months to complete. Seeing it again makes me miss painting. I feel like if I went back, it’d be like starting at square 1. But boy, oh boy, do I love color!

Before I got back into drawing (last Sept.), my favorite medium was oil. Back in the day (aka High School, lol) I used to paint ALOT. However, after I graduated, I kinda gave up on art altogether. I was so busy, balancing college/work/social life left me with no spare time for my passion.  I tried oil a couple years ago but having 2 young kids, oil is messy and stains everything, and I don’t have any room in my house nor a studio to go paint. And we may or may not have had an incident where my 2 year old got into my oils and stained carpets, couches and clothes. 😉 That is why I draw with pencil/graphite. Less mess. But as the kids get older and my love for art & drawing keeps getting deeper, I would really love to revisit the oils.

Right now I’m working on a drawing that has to do with ballroom dancing 🙂 Hopefully it’ll be finished within a week!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

Face of a Lonely Girl.

Image

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

babyhandsandfeet

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.

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