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! Continue reading Splashy Modified Contour Drawings
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. Continue reading Colored Pencil: Birds, Eggs and Ribbons
I’ve been back at the drawing table and have some good things to show for it. This House Wren is Prismacolor colored pencils on smooth bristol.
It’s a combination of birds and a theme from years ago: ribbons. It’s monochromatic in browns and yellows with some black and white. It felt good to combine the two things and see what happened. Continue reading Wren – Colored Pencil
This soft sweet Robin is in the same series as the Cardinals. It’s 5×7, on Champagne Mi Tientes paper (smooth side) and done in Prismacolor Pencils.
For this one, I ended up with a few more colors than usual: Indigo, Periwinkle, Mineral Orange, Yellow Ocher, Black and White. The blue and orange tones are complements and work together nicely even though Robins in life don’t have much blue in their feathers.
The softness of this drawing is very apparent, to me anyway, and adds a sweet look to the subject. That wasn’t my goal when I started but I did work with it as it appeared.
The entire back of the bird is suggested but not drawn clearly or just plain missing. I’m still experimenting with the pencils to see how loose I can go. This may be getting close to the boundry of “not enough” – we’ll see where it ends up.
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.