Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cat ear.....

Jeanette of Illustrated Life offered to help out anyone that had questions on drawing animals, over at Drawspace. I decided this was a good time to tackle a cat's ear. I find them fairly difficult to do. Between the wispy hairs and the depth to the back of the ear, they can be difficult to do.
The first image is the photo I am working from and the second one is my drawing, CP on drafting film. I did it ATC size. I have currently posted it on the forum and I will wait to see what I need to work on. Obviously my shape needs work.
My questions would be are the wispy hairs and depth of the ear believable?

Monday, June 23, 2008

June Virtual Sketch Date....

When we got the virtual sketch date picture I had charcoal in hand, so I went straight to sketching. I never did get back to it and yesterday when I should have posted, I had a trojan horse and a wonderful impromptu party.

This morning I woke up early and decide to give the flower one more quick try before I posted. This is ATC sized, colour pencil on drafting film.
You can check out the rest of the virtual sketch date participants on the new blog that Rose set up. The reference photo was provided by Jennifer.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Kordistan Man....

One of the members at Drawspace, barmakalikhani takes the most amazing photographs and has been very generous in sharing them with us to draw. I am still working with charcoal. I must admit I am amazed at what you can do with them. Thick lines, thin lines, dark, light and it picks up easily so you can use your kneaded eraser.

This picture is also from one of Barmakalikhani's photos. I was just trying to do an impression of the tones in the river scene. I was fascinated by the stripes of light and dark in the composition of the photograph.

Friday, June 13, 2008

More Charcoal.....

I tried my charcoal out on one of this weeks challenge at Drawspace. Elena has been a great host, getting many new comers to join in on the fun.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I was sitting at my desk watching Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, when I found some charcoal that I had bought my husband ages ago. So I decided to give charcoal a try. Of coarse, the only paper nearby was from my sons project and the thing to draw was the two of them from the DVD cover. It doesn't look a lot like them, but it was fun to see what charcoal could do.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Water colour pencil....

Martina at Let's Make Art challenged us to get a hold of a water colour pencil and give the tutorial by Bob Davies a try. Well I tried, it didn't go well, that's it at the bottom of the page. Then I went on to play. I tried the cat from this weeks challenge on Ds. I added some Prisma CP to the cat, to see what that would look like.

Do your trials end up looking like this, a mish mash of this and that. Or do you always end up with the perfect little trial drawing, all tidy and pleasant?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hey I missed my Blog Birthday....

I have been blogging for one year, as of two days ago! Here is my original post.

Well first it means that you have to learn how to spell renaissance. Which I have now done enough times to remember...after looking it up three times to triple check how to spell it!
Next it means picking out the meaning for Renaissance Woman that you like and can agree too. For example ... a young woman who is dominated by her father until she is passed into marriage, at which point she is to be loyal to her husband and produce boys... until death do us part! Well, that is not exactly the picture I had in mind. Although my father did keep a tight reign on me, as the only girl in a household of boys. And... I am loyal to my husband and...I did produce 4 boys. I guess it's just not said in a way that I can appreciate...domination and all that...ugh!
What I did have in mind was...A woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences. Now that's more like it!
Next is the fun part gather all that knowledge and use it!
This is where the blog comes in. I am absolutely certain that a renaissance woman, from whatever century, would have her journey written out. Of course in this century that means a blog!
Happy Birthday Dear Blog!