My friend, a lovely neighbor and ikebana artist, was lamenting her drawing skills so I was all “Do the exercises in “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”* and then realized I haven’t done it myself in a long time. Since I’ve been feeling an urge to do something more free form and direct and after telling her that, I had to take my own advice! Read more
Here’s a small (5×7) colored pencil on smooth Bristol. I enjoyed working with the birds and ribbons theme and have finished four: Wren, chickadee, oriole and cardinal. Here they are at a glance and you can see the gallery here. Read more
OK, so that’s a lot of excitement up there in the title. But, it’s been such a long while since I posted and almost as long since drawing and painting that I got kind of wound up.
This is the first drawing after being away for while and I could sure tell in my rusty hands and eyes. It’s sketched lightly on Champagne Mi Tientes and then the color is worked in with Prismacolor colored pencils. In trying to stick with limited colors, I chose Tuscan Red, Scarlet, Poppy Red, White and Black.
Overall, it’s OK but I didn’t like the texture of the paper – too mechanical. Nor am I happy with the stiffness and lack of life in the bird; perhaps it’s a bit overworked.
So, I did another drawing exactly the same- sort of.
Here’s Cardinal #2, same paper (except on the smooth side), same size (5×7), and the same colors. To me, it seems fresher even if there’s less detail. This one was much easier to draw and complete; I could feel myself loosening up as it progressed.
Colored pencils are a big draw for me, but I’m still getting comfortable with how I want to use them in a less precise manner. I’m enjoying exploring these small drawings and am trying to do some everyday. I’ve got another couple to show very soon.
Thanks for looking and any thoughts and comments are always appreciated.
I haven’t done enough drawing lately and was feeling the lack. So, here’s a Red Tailed Hawk on gray paper. I think it’s Canson but it was in a stack of miscellaneous paper with no marks or labels so that’s a guess. This hawk is actually a warm toned bird in shades of brown, golds and cremes so my choice of cool colored pencils makes it look much starker.
I sketched the bird lightly with a fine point pencil, then used four Prismacolor colored pencils for the body and beak: Black, White, Indigo and Warm Gray 50%. Two more colors were added to enhance the eyes: Light Umber and Goldenrod.
This was a relatively fast study and, for what it’s worth, fast for me means around 30 to 45 minutes. Overall, I’m pleased with it but, as usual, there’s room for improvement.
Working with the pencils on the colored paper did start me thinking about using watercolor to tone and drawing on that. SO, I’ve got a couple of those lined up to experiment with. Let’s see where that goes!
On a painting note,
a new cardinal is available at Etsy. I think he looks festive, so he’s a Christmas Cardinal with the name “Waiting.”
For Sale: Etsy
I just finished another set of birds with a pair of cardinals and an oriole. They are all posted on Etsy if you want to see “Red” and his mate “Little Red” as well as “Notorious” a northern oriole.
I had the idea to make a mini demo of one of them to share how I paint them. You know, scanning it at various stages of WIP and explaining what I was doing. Of course, the one that I chose to document, a male ruby throated hummingbird, is the one that just did not turn out well! Funny how things go that way. I’ll try again next time.
If you’ve got a favorite bird you’d like to see or any thoughts on these, let me know. I’d love to hear from you!