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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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Custom Order: Baby Feet

Baby Alivia's Baby Feet

Baby Alivia’s Baby Feet

My first custom order. I was very nervous about this one! Lot of foreshortened perspective and detail in the feet wrinkles and blanket. However, it was so much fun and I (and the client) are happy with the way it turned out! I’ve had a lot of interest in custom orders, so if you are interested in a custom order please send your information and picture to:

kaylasdrawings@gmail.com

Deer Sketch

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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! 😀

Shading Series: Portrait of a Kitten

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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.

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

sailboatsketch

 

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! 😀

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