Monday, April 18, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge - March/April

I do love this time of year. Everything bursts into flower and blossom spills over garden walls and fences everywhere. I was prompted to move out of my comfort zone and branch out to try painting blossoms on dark coloured canson paper with very soft coloured pencils instead of my usual fine, meticulous style on white paper.


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Apple Blossom Time
Dark green Canson paper. Koh-i-noor pencils. A little under A4 size.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge February - Opposite

Complementary colours, opposite on the colour wheel. A clementine drawn on blue card.


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Not one of my best. Coloured pencil. I should have used a better support, but instead I used card from the Pound Shop and it wouldn't take enough layers of pencil.

Having said that, it was a challenging subject to draw. Trying to keep the luminosity of the orange fruit, with all that white pith was very difficult. I'll probably try it again with harder pencils and a better support.

I'd had it in mind to draw this last year, but I didn't get around to it. The image was posted on an internet challenge, Virtual Sketch Date. A photograph was posted each month for people to draw and leave a link on the virtual sketch date blog. The challenge finished early last year, but the blog and the images are still available here.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge - Highly Prized

Another word from my list for Highly Prized - family.

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Title: Saturday Afternoon.

The Boss settled down on the sofa to read the New Scientist but his eyelids grew heavier and heavier.

Coloured pencil on textured pastel paper. 10 x 8"

I started this as a life drawing, but took a reference photo as well to work from later. I have to say, this portrait means more to me than a photograph ever could.

The Sketchbook Challenge - Highly Prized

I've taken another word from my list - memento.

This poor dessicated bunch of flora is what remains of my corsage for my daughter's wedding almost eleven years ago and I'm not making a good job of reproducing it in coloured pencil. I didn't realise it would be such a difficult subject, even though I've simplified it a little!


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Lightly placing the various bits and pieces and starting with the dried flowers.


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Beginning to fill in the details.


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Strengthening the darks and adding some highlights. I think I'll leave it here. The cheap paper I used won't take any more pencil anyway!
Not one of my best efforts. Clearly I haven't been "keeping my hand in", but that's the reason I decided to follow the Sketchbook Challenge.

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