The hand is transferred and underway. It is always a little difficult to find the right depth in the beginning to separate the shadows, so I apply the graphite lightly and will work to add several layers after the original blending. If I go to dark with the graphite application in any area, it will muddy the blending stage. When that happens, a kneaded eraser can be used to pull out the excess graphite. Sometimes, the graphite embeds to deeply into the grain of the paper and a white eraser is needed (sparingly). When the clean up looks to be a major project, it is just easier to start over than to deal with problems that can arise from using a more harsh eraser. Over time I have learned the hard way to resist making a strong initial layout, it is always better to sculpt the image in graphite using layers.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
A baby field mouse is the subject of my next composition, and the drawing will be 8 x 6 inches when completed. The photo was taken out of one of my own from last year. I really like the positioning of the hand and the little mouse perched on it. I will take this initial drawing and transfer it to Bristol Board. All of my initial work will be based in 2b lead with a mechanical pencil. By the looks of the background, the 6b wood cased pencil will definitely be put to use, too! ;)
I have been getting handy with the jigsaw as of late. This drawing is mounted on my newly resized drawing table. The lift to this drawing table was heavenly, but the width was a devil to maneuver and very heavy to tote. So... I searched through my son's tools and found the correct ones for taking the hardware off the back. The drafting bar on the front had to go, since it had only been used for resting pencils on. Then after a little measuring, I cut a fairly large portion of the board off. As you can see to the left, I sealed it with black paint and made a black line down the side to make it appear nice and straight. The jigsaw and I took a few wrong turns! :( Now the paint is dried, the hardware is reattached to the back, and viola my new and improved drafting board. :)
Did I ever tell you the story behind this drafting table? I bought a few of these in various large sizes off of EBay for pennies on the dollar, after I put my large drafting table into storage (hopefully to reappear once my new studio is constructed. :) ). The tables were listed as scratch and dent returns. I cannot say enough about how wonderful they are. The surfaces on mine were all ready to draw on. There was only one that had a tiny dent in a corner that my hubby repaired with filler. The best part of the purchase was that I didn't sink a lot of money into them, so it makes them perfect to modify to my own specs. :) I love shopping EBay!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Most of the month of February was spent playing with my colored pencils. (I will post some pics later. :) ) But as the middle of the month approached, I decided to get down to business and sort amongst my photos for my next graphite subject. Some of the subjects where chosen from the Internet, and some of the compositions came from my own photography. Last week, the choice had been made... well kind of. ;) Then, I got looking through some old archives of mine, and the hunt continued on-- each photo taking me down memory lane once more... This cost me days on end!!
So this morning, I put an end to the insanity and threw a few faves onto the drafting table for a final decision...
**Note** As I sat down to type this post, the memory stick for my camera had been left on the desk top and popped a reminder up on the screen... that was an hour and a half ago. Bet you can guess what the time was spent doing... Aaaargh!
Oh... and while I am thinking about it, my mind kicked in the fact that there was never a New Year's goal posted this year. Well, I am fine with no definitive goals this year. It was a topsy turvey end to last year and a crazy beginning to this one to say the least. So, my outlook on 2013, and maybe for the next few years, is to keep an open mind and work schedule. My word of the year is "Evolve". I absolutely love it and think it fits me perfectly in every facet of my life right now-- where change is absolutely everywhere and that is not always a bad thing! ;) I've got some new and old interests making their way back into my life again... It will be a little surprising to some, and they will unfold here in their own time. ;)
But for now, I am heading to my studio to make the final cut and get my new project underway. At this moment... Even I do not know what it is going to be! LOL
Friday, January 18, 2013
Can you tell by the disarray of my drafting table that I decided to do a little impromptu study in colored pencil? ;) Last night, I sat down to contemplate my next study in graphite, which must begin by popping a movie into my DVD player. Somehow, I messed up the loading of "The Pagemaster" (Just felt like I needed a little artist rendered imagination in my life. :) ), and it took me through the making of the film. The hand illustrated animation captivated me, and the process of colorization was as always... inspiring.
It was then that I began to look through my colored pencil technique books and pulled out "Colored Pencils" by Morrell Wise. This particular book seemed to be colored pencil drawing in its most broken down form. Plus, a fellow artist had recommended this book to me a year ago for the blending lessons. Without delay, I dug out my Prismacolors pencils and began sharpening.
**Note** Please do not think ill thoughts of me, but you can see by the photo below that my next step was to pull apart the book. It is so much easier to see the pages flat on a surface. I do this with all of the art books that I study drawing techniques from. The pages of the book will get three hole punched, and the book will get placed in its own individual binder. On the thrifty side, damaged books can be saved and bought cheaply with this in mind. :)
Charcoal paper was chosen for the support... extremely toothy. My inner need to have perfect lines and control kicked in and stopped all progress. It almost made me put the color adventure on hold. Then, I thought of how smooth Bristol had such an astounding effect on my graphite technique, so I decided to move on to a smoother surface.
**Note** While looking back at this unfinished piece this morning, I am drawn to the loose pastel feel. It definitely deserves to be revisited and finished.
"Colored Pencils" by Morrell Wise is proving to be a great jumping off point on my exploration of colored pencils. I am anxious to experiment on a few more surfaces and will be enlarging the subject to get better control of the thick waxy pencil points. (Graphite has me trained on such a thin lead.) The book also contains the "how to" of rendering an apple, strawberry, and a bunch of grapes in a similar step-by-step process. Wise's book was published in 1985; so, as far as I know, it is no longer being produced and that is a great shame. Lucky for us, places like Amazon and EBay can be a great help in purchasing a copy. :)
Monday, January 7, 2013
While finishing up this drawing, I remembered why I fell in love with the photo of this little guy so much. Not only is he small and fuzzy, but he is in the process of being hand fed. It represents humans interacting with nature in one fine moment. Is there anything better than lending a helping hand to someone in need?
My pencils were put away about an hour ago, and the photograph below represents the finish to a much neglected drawing... There may still be some final touches over the next few days, but he is complete enough to be introduced to my blogging friends. ;)
I decided to start the 2013 year with this finish, instead of my usual New Year's post. (That post will have its turn next.) I believe that this little guy has waited long enough! ;)
Happy New Year! :)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Ornaments can be such fascinating works of art! I have such a love for the indented vintage ornies that were made in Poland. When the lights are shining brightly at night, they capture the colors like wondrous mini caverns of ice. :) One can find them in various locations on my tree. I have spent many a December evening gazing at their beauty... *sigh*
I wish everyone safe travels and a Merry Christmas!