Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
And.. I colored in my other drawing (below) with pastels...
|Pastel on Canson paper|
Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
A crab apple from a tree in my backyard. These drawing are done on a pad of Strathmore charcoal paper.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I did this drawing a week or two ago, and every since, every time I see it I'd want to color it in. I finally couldn't resist and colored it with my pastels. I didn't have any of the items set up for reference, so it was just sort of colored in by imagination. It was so fun, and I really liked the feel of the pastels on this type of paper, it is Canson Ingres paper. Scroll down the page a bit to see how it looked in black and white.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The next drawing I did of some left over items I had put aside as I tried to arrange a still life. I wound up liking the mix of items better than anything I arranged myself.
"Mannikin and Fruit" 9.5x12 inches on Ingres paper
Below is a charcoal drawing on 9x 12 in. Canson Pastel paper ( Mi Teintes) This mannikin is larger than the little one above... this mannikin is a foot tall :-)
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I've been distracted from my pastels for the moment in favor of some charcoal! I wanted to draw with charcoal, and white chalk on gray paper. I have a pad of Canson charcoal paper and some Canson Ingres paper (one big sheet that I cut into smaller pieces). I did these sketches of black plums and cloth this afternoon and I loved it so much! I think I like the charcoal paper better than the Ingres.. the Ingres has a line through it that shows up as you color over it. I'm not so sure I like how it stands out. I suppose it wouldn't be so obvious if I had used the whole sheet for a large drawing. I used soft, medium and hard charcoal pencils and a white charcoal pencil. I also plan to try a drawing on Canson Mi Teintes paper too, to see how that comes out.
|charcoal and white chalk on Canson charcoal paper(appox. 8x10 inches)|
|Charcoal and white chalk on Canson Ingres paper|
Monday, May 26, 2014
This drawing of spring flowers, I did with pencil, but decided to color it in and used my pastels. It is in a "Cachet" Earthbound sketch book, that has tan colored paper. The paper is smooth unlike pastel paper, but it worked out nicely just the same. This got me curious to try some more drawings on some different pastel papers I have.
|Magnolia bloom, Narcissus and daffodil.|
I did these little drawings below on the Sennelier La Carte, which holds the pastel well, makes a nice line, and keeps holding as you layer. One draw back.... I found that the surface is water soluble. So, any techniques using water on this paper won't work out.
|Orange on folded cloth. I did an oil painting with this same folded cloth since I liked it so much.|
|sketches of fruit, cloth and an iris|
|close up (4x4 section)|
(I also wonder... I've always called a work in pastel a "drawing"... but most of the time I read about pastels, it is refered to as a "painting". I've never understood why. I figure a 'painting' is made with paint. I hope it is alright that I am referring to my pastel drawings as drawings, because that's what they are to me. )
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
|charcoal, and white pastel on gray toned paper|
I haven't had much time for painting lately, so I've been doing some drawings. I thought I'd post this one since it was my favorite. I think it would make a nice painting too. I love the shapes in the layers of cloth.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Any time I get a new pad of paper, I try out all my different pens and pencils on it, pastels too, and even a little watercolor just to see what might work nicely on it. Using pastels on this little sketch pad, I drew this pear, and thought about how nice and loose it looked. It seemed easier to draw than to paint. Not that this would be a finished drawing, but I think I should try to paint more like I draw. Maybe things would come out with a more relaxed and casual look to them.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
As I got further into the drawing, I had an idea to use my camera on the video setting to take a video while I drew. I thought it would be fun to watch it back. It wasn't easy holding the camera near my chin with one hand and drawing with the other, but I gave it a try. I wasn't focusing on what was in the view finder, just on what I was drawing, so, my pen is out of the picture here and there... oh well.
I've never posted a video before on the blog, so I thought I might try and see if it worked out.
And...in the end, I added black ink, then some white charcoal pencil to highlight, and color pencil for a bit of color. I stayed up too late, but had a lovely peaceful time just doing what I love to do ;)
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|Things on my desk|
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I have a small pad of Strathmore Toned gray sketch paper that I've been drawing in, thought I'd show a couple...
.. I set up some chess pieces and drew them, I liked this one the best. I'm thinking I might try a painting of it.
Also just felt like doodling with black ink and highlighted with white.