Saturday, March 28, 2009

I've Won a

Thank-you Maria of Pencil Sanity for this award!
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.

  1. My husband
  2. My kitty, Chance
  3. Drawing
  4. Hazelnut flavored coffee
  5. Play guitar
  6. The fact that Spring is almost here
  7. Smooth Jazz

And my nominees are: (Big Drumroll)

Be sure to stop in say hi to everyone!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In Honor of Vincent

Since Vincent van Gogh's birthday is coming up on March 30, I did some research on the Web and found some interesting information about his life.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Drawing of An Old House--Part 4--Finale!

Ok, here's the finished Old House pencil drawing. I added in some shading that would suggest trees around the building, deepened some shadows and added a bit more foreground ground areas.
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

Drawing of An Old House--Part 3

Here in this photo, I've added more shadow tones and some more detailing. Like I mentioned, I wanted to achieve an "aged" look. I think this is going well on the watercolor paper that I have chosen to draw on this time.

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

Drawing of An Old House--Part 2

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

My Drawing of An Old House--Part 1

I would like to give a big Thank-You to ronnieb of Morguefile for the use of his photo, Old House, which I used with his permission for this 4-Part series.

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.