Friday, September 26, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date September

This month's reference photo for Virtual Sketch Date was provided by Sharon.
As soon as I saw it I wanted to take part but knew I'd have trouble with it!


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I did this in Polychromos and Koh-i-noor Polycolour pencils on cartridge paper. It was HARD. At first sight, it's a beautiful photograph of a flower in a vase of water. But when I looked more closely - reflected in that vase of water are windows with drapes and what looks very much like a seascape outside! Quite a challenge Sharon!

I found if very difficult to get the colours as deep as I wanted in the background and the dark relection in the vase. There was a lot of colouring in!

Then while out shopping I picked up this month's Leisure Painter magazine, with an article on 'gadgets' for coloured pencil work by Bob Eldon of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. (Last month Bob did an article about experimenting with different and unusual kinds of paper - haven't tried these yet!). Yesterday I went to our local art shop and bought blending pencils and burnishing pencils to help even out and deepen the colour. I also bought a battery operated eraser. So I'll be wielding these new tools for the next VSD. Thanks Bob for the tips!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Playground - WIP finished

....I think!


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I've tried to suggest the different playground surfaces; a kind of dark tarmac, grass, pathways, foliage and the field, sky and the South Downs in the background. I'm not entirely satisfied with this end result. I'm pleased with the figures, but not so pleased with the 'portrait' likenesses. This is on A2 paper, so each of the faces is quite small - usually I draw portraits at least A4 size on A3 paper. I will have to work a lot harder on catching a likeness without drawing the features in detail.

Back to the sketchbook for more practice!

I've put this one in its frame, because if I keep trying to adjust it I will spoil it. It's possible that I will have it out again later, but for now its done.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Got the bird!.................

I found the Wet Canvas Weekly Drawing Thread - this week it was a photograph of a Crowned Crane.

Here's my picture:


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Coloured pencil on cartridge paper. The photo came out a little blue-er than the original. Its about 8 x 5 ins.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

What's on my easel? WIP -update

Kids in the park................


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This is composed from several photos of my grandchildren in a local playground. I wanted to show the playground in the background without drawing any of it in detail. I've managed to chop off a head with the camera, but you get the idea....

and here it is with a little more work on it:


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I'm using Faber Castel Polychromos and Koh-i-noor Polycolour on Daler Rowney Heavyweight A2 cartridge paper.

Update, with a little more work:


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This is slightly different for me; heavier colour with a semi-abstract background. And because there are three figures in this, I'm finding it difficult to get a likeness on the smaller scale. Not quite in the comfort zone! But I do like the effect of putting more than one 'vignette' together on a single piece.

It's odd, but when I photograph it and bring it up on the monitor, I can see bits that I want to change that I don't see by just standing back and looking at it.

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Still virtually dating the sketch!

I decided to crop the image and try a close-up view of the leaves, with water droplets on them. It wasn't entirely successful- I started off with quite a realistic drawing at the top, but somehow it got more and more abstract towards the bottom! Quite often, whether it's sketching or stitching, what is in my head doesn't come out through my fingers....


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I did this in Faber Castell polychromos pencils on 8 x 5 cartridge paper. I'm learning to go smaller!!

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