Monday, September 16, 2013
It was my first black haired dog using colored pencil. Paint is so much more forgiving than colored pencil, with pencil you really have to think about what is going to show through from the lower layers, including the paper, as well as the base pencil marks. The gray background color helped establish the highlights in the dark areas and let itself be used as the shadowy parts of the white legs and neck, a great multi-purposed method. Next time I'll try using Bristol to see the difference of smooth paper vs textured. The camera shot makes this look much more grainier than it is to your eye when you see it in person, the textured dots help the light move towards your eye, giving the image a moving quality.
I'm back with more time for creativity. The last 8 months have been spent working long hours at my full time job and taking some classes for educational enrichment. I have some sketches of koi fish that are heading this way, stay tuned!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I sketched this with pencil and pen, then lots of watercolor washes and layers. I gave it more of a summery feel than what is in season now, I wanted a lush green background to amplify the brilliant red of their plumage.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
So I've been regaining my hand-eye coordination and have been puttering around the new studio.
Claudia Marchand turned me on to the wonderful illustrator Wendell Minor and I was inspired to do a small animal illustration. There's a soft wash of watercolor in the background and in the log, and mostly colored pencil in the rabbit's fur. I need to arrange some better lighting to take the pictures with, though. The colors are more vibrant than they look.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
(Samara) looks like, although vaguely, when it's still green and hanging from the tree limbs, and we know the flurry of motion it moves in as it falls to the ground, spinning and whirling like a helicopter. But we don't know what it really looks like until we give it our full attention, look at it for a long time, and SEE it. See all of it's little veins, how thin the blade wings are, see where the little fruit/seed is hidden in the thicker side of it.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Hi there! Hope everyone is doing well. Busy little chipmunk that I am, it's taken me quite a while to finish this drawing. I saw some gulls exibiting this behavior one day, one was young, the other mature. I'm not sure if it was imitation on the young gulls side or not, I read that spreading wings might be a way to cool off as well, but I thought it would make an interesting composition. I have a big tin of Derwent Graphic pencils and I like to see if I can use as many different degrees of lightness and darkness.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Spring is here, just in time for a potential April Fools Day blizzard here in the New England. Hopefully not. Everyone has a big case of spring fever, and a last snowstorm is not what we need.
Well, a lot of time has passed since I last posted. January and February were stellar snow shoveling months, and I spent them tending to my aching wrists from marathon snow shoveling during our weekly blizzards, and so didn't have much to show. During March, I have been working in the studio, but it has been on a couple of paintings for private collection only, so were not to be shown. Now that there's longer light during the day, Spring Fever has hit and I've spent some time organizing and cleaning, and finishing up some projects. So here's the Canadian Goose that I started working on in December, background finished finally. Sometimes it's hard to know what to do to finish something. You know when it's unfinished, but not quite sure what it takes to bring it to completion without overworking it. The grass part was challenging for me. The drawing has so much detail in the feathers, and so little in the water, that I had to find a middle ground with the grass. I think I found a good balance. Let me know what you think- does it need more work?