Just for the fun of it.
This is another one of my “nudes.” The model doesn’t have a stitch of clothes on but I concentrated on the flower she was holding. Actually, that’s not the flower she was holding. I changed it to a red rose.
Colored pencil on Bristol board, 11″ X 14″
Or else I might have to draw ANOTHER red line.
In memory of someone who was too young to leave us. And to bring some peace to her family.
Charcoal and chalk on charcoal drawing paper, 9″ X 9″
Another one of those days when I was antsy and just needed to draw SOMETHING. Came up with this teaser.
Colored pencil on charcoal paper, 7.5″ X 10″
Inspired by my Pastor’s sermon. At least it proves I was listening.
There could be drawbacks to being super at some things.
Another one from the archives:
Sitting around in the shack we four boys called home in college I drew this quick sketch of a jacket sitting in a chair by the door.
Pencil on paper, 6″ X 7 1/2″
One more post about “Woman Reclining” and we’ll move on to something else. I thought I’d offer a brief “how to” describing the process of creating the drawing.
1. First I searched for subject matter. Since this was purely an exercise without purpose I perused the internet until I found an interesting photo.
2. I downloaded the photo, cropped it and tweaked the colors, contrasts, etc.
3. I picked the media – color pencil on white drawing paper.
4. I put down my pencil sketch using an appropriate color pencil. In this drawing a regular black pencil would have been distracting.
5. I selected a grouping of pencils I thought I would probably use: hues and their complementary colors. I’m never completely right and will add and remove colors as I go along. At the top left you can see some pencil scratches as tests to see if I like the color. I ended up using 11 colors in this drawing. Twelve including the white of the paper.
6. I drew this mostly upside down so I would have less to interpret.
7. Since I’m right-handed I drew from top left to bottom right to keep my hand from smudging the work. If necessary you can use a “bridge” to keep your hand off the paper but I rarely do that. I will often lay a sheet of paper over the drawing and rest my hand on that.
8. I began by laying down basic colors. I came back later with more detail and greater contrasts. I will sometimes use a workable fixatif between phases but it wasn’t necessary for this drawing.
9. I forced myself to take breaks. I set the drawing up so that when I re-entered the room I could see it “on display” and get a sense of how it’s coming along.