Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I've finished my portrait challenge. whew. And, while I can't say it's perfect, I learned alot, I achieved a fair likeness of my subject, and overall she looks human. :-) I don't think I'll be picking up a whole lot of commissions based on it, but that's okay by me!
Monday, November 28, 2005
This is a blind contour drawing of my dog, Chico, curled up on the sofa taking a nap. For those who don't know, blind contour drawing is drawing while looking at your subject, but not at your paper - there are some far more experienced and capable than I at it - you can find them at www.inkfinger.us. Meanwhile - I'll keep practicing!!
I did this one for the WDE challenge for LAST weekend, but it took forever to get it done...what was I thinking with all those dots?? I had done a little sketch of my foot a week ago, or so, and had fun with the stippling, so thought I'd continue - doing a dog with a black face may have been a stretch!! Anyhow - it's as done as it is going to be, and I'm happy with it - although I'm NOT happy with this scan - I think I'll have to go re-do it, later!
I'm still playing catch-up with the weekly challenges on Everyday Matters. The Thanksgiving week thing kind of threw a wrench in my plans to do one a day, but we'll start afresh here on Monday!! Here is challenge #5 - draw your bed. I decided to do this one next because, after being away for almost a week, I was SO happy to see my bed last night, and I woke up feeling rested for the first time in a while.
It isn't that there was anything wrong with any of the beds I slept in on our journey, but there's just something about sleeping in your own bed - it is more comfortable, more roomy, more...I don't know - just known, I suppose. Anyhow - I decided to draw the headboard of my side of the bed, with my comfy pillows piled up against it. It's a simple cast metal headboard with vines...kind of earthy, I guess! That funky spotted pillow out front is my faux leopard skin velour cushy pillow.
This was done quickly in my little 5x7 sketchbook with an archival ink pen typically used in scrapbooks - I think I may add a little color wash to this one with my acrylic inks - but it will have to wait until later!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Here's my next installment, day two of the catch-up process. Drew this while lying in bed watching the Matrix...whichever the second one is - I can't remember the name... Just a simple drawing - micron pen - stippling and some line shading, but I'm fairly pleased with the simplicity of line.
Update - 12/27/2005 - I decided to add some color to this one and see what happened...here's what happened.
So, I am going through the Everyday Matters group list of weekly challenges - thought I'd try to do one a day on a very small scale and see if I could "catch up" :-) I actually started with the current week (see below) but this is week #1 - draw a shoe. This is one of my favorites - my pink tennis shoes that I can just slip on - summer, winter - doesn't matter I LOVE them!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
This is a 5 minute sketch in ink and acrylic ink of Knoxville's Sunsphere - the only landmark I could think of in this town! The color is, as usual for me, way too much - but that's how I like it...the actual sunsphere is more golden in tone. And I got th eperspective way off in the globe, but I learned how not to do it, so I'm calling it a success!
Well, after layer 947, I've lost most of my really dark darks, and really light lights. I did a grayscale version so I could check it - and I was right! Time to start adding in some darks - particulary on the left side of her face (viewer right) and around her right eye (viewer left). I've toned the hair down some, which you obviously can't tell in this image :-).
Time for a break!
Time for a break!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I'm pressing on with the glazing technique. I worked on her hair, which is still too yellow - but I'll get it worked out eventually. And, I've started layering on the flesh-colored glazes on top of the purple underpainting - thankfully, acrylics dry quickly (and with the blow-dryer, even faster) so I hope to be finished with this in another day or two. This is very different from my usual style of slapping paint on a canvas - but is very educational!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Today, I was all wrapped up in portrait land. There is a class in the Acrylics forum at WetCanvas on portraits, and this is my "homework" for it - an underpainting in diox. purple. I used purple as a complement to the orangey skin tones that I will glaze on top - makes them seem more vibrant and alive. Actually, I like this one so much as is, I'm considering finishing out the hair and calling it done...what do you think?
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Wet Canvas is having a portrait exchange, and each participant was teamed with another to exchange photos of themselves, and paint/draw/whatever a portrait from it. Then, after you are finished and have posted it, you send them off to your partner. So - here's my effort - in graphite...just a study - I'm planning to do the portrait in acrylics.
When I got done with the outline, I noticed a hump on the right hand side that looked just like a pregnant belly...the rest just kind of happened from there. I've got some of it colored in, just for my self to see where I was going with the bark of the tree - there's our cat, Pugsley, our dog, Oscar, a piece of taffy, a book, and of course, the pregnant lady with the outie.
So, the next step is to transfer this drawing over to some watercolor paper and start in with the inks...I'll keep you posted!