Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I had a lot of fun drawing this one in 2B and HB graphite and on smooth bristol board. I did lots of layering, but I'm pretty happy with the end result and I might give it my mom-in-law for Mother's Day, since Puddin is her baby (in a sense).
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I've been asked to list 7 things that I love and to pass this neat award on to 7 people that I feel have a passion for and most definitely are much more deserving of this award than myself.
- My husband
- My kitty, Chance
- Hazelnut flavored coffee
- Play guitar
- The fact that Spring is almost here
- Smooth Jazz
And my nominees are: (Big Drumroll)
- Christine of http://creativelifestudio.blogspot.com/
- Lori of http://laartgallery.net/
- Dors of http://dorsart.blogspot.com/
- Paulette of http://becomingarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/
- Greg of http://www.bionicgreg.blogspot.com/
- Kain of http://dibujandoandoando.blogspot.com/
- Kev of http://kev2grey.spaces.live.com/
Be sure to stop in say hi to everyone!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Did you know?
Vincent was born in 1853 in Holland.
He would be celebrating his 156th birthday--imagine blowing out all those candles on his birthday cake!
Vincent's father was a Reverand in the Protestant church.
He suffered horribly from epilepsy, psychotic attacks and delusions: now thought to be related to Bipolar Disorder.
During a stay at an insane asylum, he painted one of his most famous paintings, "The Starry Night".
Vincent sold only one painting during his entire lifetime. Now, some of his paintings sell for millions at auctions around the world.
He viewed his life as horribly wasted and felt that he was a failure.
Two of his closest friends were Theo, his brother and artist Paul Gaugin.
It's believed that Vincent painted about 900 paintings in a ten-year period
Sadly, passed away 2 days later after a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest. Vincent was only 37 years old.
---Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, courtesy of WP Clip http://www.wpclipart.com/index.html
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I had a lot of fun drawing this old home, since it was my first architectural drawing. Together with the fact that I was drawing on watercolor paper, I was brand new at this type of drawing and in the method that I used.
So, what do you think? How did I do? Think I should do more or give it up with this one?
I welcome your comments!
Thank-you for joining me and I hope that you enjoyed watching me progress through this project-start to finish.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I've placed more detail in and around the windows and doors, etc.
I have also roughed in some ground around the house, which anchors it to the ground, so that it doesn't appear to be floating in mid air.
You can see that I have placed some deeper darks and shadows at the side of the house that can be see the most. I made those windows and door much darker than the others, because I want the feeling of emptiness and abandon to come through to the viewer.
It's really starting to come together now.
Return for Part 4 and see it finished!
Monday, March 9, 2009
At this point, I have started to put in some medium tones with my 2b pencil and then start to add in some darker tones and shadows. As I added more and more, I would blend each addition using a tortillion, which is basically just a rolled up piece of paper, which can be purchased at art supply just about any where. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. I tend to use the small and medium for most of my work.
As you may be able to see from this photo, I started at the left front of the building, working my way around to the right side. That's how I generally work, doing sort of a layering of tone and building that up.
I have also put in just a bit of detail. For me, drawing is about realism and to achieve that, detail really is everything.
Part 3 is coming real soon!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Originally, Ronnie's photo was in color, but for my drawing, I converted it to Black and White, zoomed in a bit and heightened the contrast. I did all this in Photoshop easily, but I think the same results could be achieved in many of the photo editors out there. Even many of those that are free are perfect for these kinds of basics. I could have edited out the wires, but chose to just ignore them, leaving them out of my drawing, instead.
Then, I printed out both the color original and theblack and white versions of the photo and began to get my paper surface set up. For this drawing, I decided to do some experimenting by choosing cold-pressed watercolor paper. I wanted to give this building some texture and "aging" and have that come through to the viewer.
I started the drawing off by making a line drawing of the house and some trees. I drew these simple lines to be basic, just to guide myself along. When I drew the tree's lines I hadn't yet come to a decision as to how I would be drawing them. I would have to wait and see on that, later.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is my first award!
Be sure and drop by Dors at
She features some wonderful
Here are some blogs that are certainly award worthy:
Please, if you would nominate 5 blogs that you think
are of interest.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
All kinds of medium are featured, so go check them out. http://www.jerrysartarama.com//Jerrys-Videos/Free-Art-Lessons-Index.htm
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Just as life is far from simple, drawing is no different. And, let me tell you, it has absolutely nothing to do with "talent". In my humble opinion, there is no such thing. Some things come easier to some of us, than to others. Regardless, if the desire is there, any skill can be improved, through plenty of practice, patience and persistence. We might never be modern day Picassos, but if we can just stick with it, amazing things can happen.
I am no expert and I don't know all the answers about drawing or anything else for that matter. But I do know what works for me. You may find that another way works better for you and that's fine. We all have our own ways of doing things, again, art is no different. There are as many different methods and techniques in drawing as there are artists in the world.
I'm delighted that you found your way here and I hope that you will find Pencil Portraitworks an enjoyable, informational and just plain fun place to visit again and again, even if you're not artist.