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This blog is here, so I may as well use it to display the art pieces I create. More than four years after I started, my main medium is still graphite and colored pencil, but I am also now experimenting with watercolor paints. Such pieces as I deem worthy will be displayed here, however, after posting the few back-dated pieces, my postings may not be too regular. I've been known to destroy unfinished pieces I do not like or to just not finish those pieces and move on to something else.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rat Tales

This little critter looks like he's got a story to tell (well, he does to me) so I called this sketch "Rat Tales".  It's from Drawspace.com Lesson # I07 - Rocky Rodent.   I'm still not too hot with the fur and shading... but I suppose it's progress. My original is done on 9X12 inch, 90lb Canson Classic Cream drawing paper. Heavyweight, medium tooth surface good for charcoal, pastel, pencil and pen. So says Canson anyway. My sig, date, etc. in the corner was done with PSP X2 after I edited the scan for brighness, contrast, fading and clarity - not to mention that I had to remove unwanted shadows - again. The only way to not have the darned shadows would be to scan the page after removing it from the sketch pad. I don't have any good place to store loose sketches, so I don't do many of them like that.

Rat Tales

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Three Skulls, after Cézanne

My version of Cézanne's famous painting. You can see the original here: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/80336 (well, okay, that's really just a more accurate reproduction of the famous painting), you'd have to go to Chicago to see the real deal. Mine is Graphite on Mead Academie heavyweight sketchbook paper. Roughly 7.25 inches high by 11 inches wide.

My brain must have been on vacation when I watermarked this... It's among drawings I did late in 2008, not a 2009 effort.  My sketch book tells the truth... when I bother to date the work.

Three Skulls

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Scruffy Puppy


This lesson builds on the lesson in the previous post. For comparison purposes, here's my finished sketch.  My husband says he looks like a scruffy puppy, so I called this sketch "Scruffy". The original is 9 inches X 9 inches, graphite on 45lb paper.... yep another page in the same sketch book I used for the first sketch.  To preserve the integrity of my first sketch, I made a photo copy of that sketch and then traced it onto another page and then continued with the advanced lesson T05  Isaac from Drawspace.com.  He's cute - and looks like a dog somewhat, but certainly not like little Isaac in the lesson... And instead of bothering with color for this sketch, I think I'll move on to something different... maybe try Isaac some other time, after my skill set has been enhanced by other lessons.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Drawing A Dog

In Progress Sketch
Dog sketch
The dog is from Drawspace lesson B08 - Seeing Shapes in a Photo of a Dog's Head.

This scan still isn't as clean as I would like (lots of black spots were removed in PSP that are NOT on my sketch).... Guess that means it's time to clean the scanner glass again. :(  Otherwise, I'm happy with this sketch - as far as it goes.  I plan to develop the subject a bit more and transfer the drawing to watercolor paper to add color.  Right now, it's just in my cheap sketchbook that I got from Office Depot.  The paper is 9 inches square, 45lb., acid free with a small amount of texture to it.  Very pleasant to work with - takes the eraser better than some of the more expensive papers? - Go figure. Sketch pad has brand name of FORAY on it - the capital letters are theirs, not mine. Paper is white but my scanner wanted to read it as grey.  I had to play with brighness and contrast to get the scan to resemble my sketch... and now it does - except the lines I drew aren't quite as dark as they appear on the scanned copy... and, of course, I may not have removed all the extraneous black spots.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Starr Fish - In Progress sketch

I'm fairly happy with this sketch... I see only one major mistake I made, on the right side of the starfish, there's a larger gap between the two arms than intended.  My own impatience and the lighness of my original outline of this subject are the cause there, and it's something I should keep in mind for the next time.

Note that water hasn't been applied to this sketch... yet... The coloration will change when I do that. I need to research how to produce a sandy-looking texture for my background before I add some water to change the colors of this drawing.  As with my turtle, I used water-soluable colored pencils, but intending this one to only be a practice exercise, I didn't transfer it to watercolor paper.

Also worth mentioning: The colored pencils  I use don't erase well, so correcting the error at this stage isn't possible.  If I had spotted it before I added the color, yes, I could have made the correction... which I should also note is a good reason to delay a bit before adding color and after I THINK the initial graphite sketch is correct.

Starr Fish - A Drawspace Lesson


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Roses of Happiness

These roses were done from a Drawspace lesson, except, of course, I went for color instead of just graphite.

11X15 - Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper
Derwent Inktense water-soluable color pencils and about 2 months off and on of my time - first with an 8b graphite pencil on cheap paper and then the colored pencils on better paper.

Okay, I'll admit it. The framing and signature you see here were done digitally; although the original sketch does bear my real signature...  And I can see now that I didn't do such a great job of cleaning up this scan... but oh well. The original hangs in my livingroom, a gift to my beloved husband, and that original does look better than the scan.

Roses of Happiness

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Turtle Sketch

Like my previous sketch, this, too, is based partly on a Drawspace lesson and partly on a photo. Unfortunately, as with other source photos I've used, this, too, is no longer available online.

Two weeks - more or less - is what I've spent on this beast. To be fair, it wasn't two weeks straight though. I took a lot of breaks after doing very little, and spent a lot of time just that last night on it. I finished it May 18, 2008. The shadow - leaves a lot to be desired... and that's the best I can say for that part of the drawing. As for the rest, I'm satisfied that at my present knowledge and skill level (talent not included) I've done the best I could.

I used Derwent Inktense (water soluable) colored pencils on 140 pound cold pressed watercolor paper. And yep, I did use the water, although that's not strictly obligatory. The original is 9.5 inches high by 13 inches wide.

When my mother asked what I was doing, I mentioned drawing... and she said she wanted something I drew... so the original sketch is hers. But I decided long before I started, that I'd keep copies of all that I do.