30 Days of Sketches—Day 14

Sketch Drawing of a Foot

Foot 1

30 Days of Sketches-Day 13

Sketch of Hand and Cup

Hand & Cup

30 Days of Sketches-Day 12

Sketch of Hand and Apple

Hand & Apple

30 Days of Sketches—Day 11

Sketch from Evelyn de Morgan's "Night and Sleep"

A study from Evelyn de Morgan’s “Night and Sleep”

Hands and feet are so complicated and expressive.  I want to do some more studies.  Soon.

30 Days of Sketches—Day 10

Sketch Medina from "Chicks with Guns"

Medina

I found another inspiring book at the bookstore, Chicks with Guns.  Lots of photos of pistol-packin’ Mamas, sedate plantation belles with shotguns, multi-generational female clans, law enforcement and military babes.  It was a book made for my Bad-Assery Heroines.  I had to try to capture at least one, but I got too antsy to get all the way to this young girl’s rifle.  Still, I like her.

I also tried out some new pencils, harder leads than the ones I had.  Since I learned to draw with a regular Number Two pencil, I’m more comfortable with the harder lead.  It still allows smudging and shading, but not as many accidental smears.

I’m getting the hang of this a little bit.

30 Days of Sketches—Day 9

Sketch Waterhouse

From John Waterhouse’s “Gather Ye Rosebuds. . .”

30 Days of Sketches—Day 8

Sketching J Waterhouse's "Lady of Shalott"

John Waterhouse’s “Lady of Shalott”

I’ve read about art students copying The Masters, so today I gave it a try.  I love the Pre-Raphaelite artists—so moody, so romantic—and was thrilled to find a book of John Waterhouse’s work at the bookstore.  They didn’t mind that I sat in the coffee shop section and copied the prints.  It was a little disconcerting when other patrons stopped and watched over my shoulder, but they were very polite and encouraging.  A fine experience.

30 Days of Sketches—Day 7

Sketch Portrait Patrick Stewart

Patrick 1

30 Days of Sketches—Day 6

Portrait Sketch

Laney & Barb

A couple of things I’ve noticed while doing these sketches (aside from the anxiety):

I only spend a couple of minutes on them, working quickly and leaving lots of the image undrawn.  This is a completely new way to work for me.  In the distant past when I drew, I spent hours filling in every detail and reworking an image until I ripped holes in the paper.  I like this breezy approach.  It makes me focus on just a few details to “make” the image and keeps me from obsessing.

I can’t erase.  The type of pencil I’m using and the way I’ve treated the pages of my sketchbook won’t allow it.  This was not intentional.  I meant to use the sketchbook as an art journal for collage work.  Not being able to erase means I end up with lots of stray lines and can also see where I’m missing perspective.  I see how I misjudge shapes and dimension.  This is really helping me hone my “eye.”  It’s also creating a completely different look to my drawings.

It will be interesting to see what will happen if I spend a little more time with a piece, use a different pencil or pull out a different sketchbook.  I still have 24 days to play with, so playing around with the tools could be part of the process.  As I get more comfortable with a pencil in my hand again, I hope to do just that.

30 Days of Sketches—Day 5

Portrait Sketch

Tom

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