Thursday, May 21, 2009
I was watching Star Trek IV tonight and playing with some new pencils and paper, and suddenly decided to draw Spock. It's been years since I've done a real drawing of a person (or a Vulcan). This is far from perfect, but...not too bad, considering. I did this from my paused movie, approx. 11x14.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I brought my watercolor pencils and a new sketchbook along to the zoo yesterday and managed a quick sketch. I am rather distressed that I managed to get the perspective of the zebras vs. the landscape so very wrong (the zebras are entirely too small). But, live and learn I suppose. Actually overall I'm happy with this because usually my watercolor pencil work is entirely too stiff, and here I managed something a little closer to what I actually want to achieve. I really dig the zebras themselves, so I'm including a detail shot of them. This is about 6x9.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Yesterday I was out and about taking some pictures of the countryside. I went around a bend I've been on dozens of times, and was surprised to see a few horses. This is from one of the pictures I took, approx. 4x6 (and using a new pencil I bought). I believe this cute guy is a yearling.I just finished this one from a German magazine (St. Georg, April 2009, photo credit: Rau), working on understanding form and shape and anatomy. Again, 4x6, started with the same pencil but wasn't getting the results I wanted so I switched to my trusty old mechanical at the end.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have set myself a summer goal of at least 15 watercolor pencil/crayon zebras (15 because that is how many pages this sketchbook has) to complement my graphite studies. To start, I used the same reference as my last sketch. This is approx. 7x7 on Hahnemuehle paper.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This drawing is of my very first Mother's Day flower, which I drew on Sunday, appropriately enough. :) And this small 4x5 sketch I just finished, from some video footage I took at the zoo today (before I got rained out and soaked to the bone), of a colt playing with his mama. I feel very blessed to have been able to get so many references of the awesome zebra herd at the zoo!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today I thought I'd use oil pastels for a quick color study for an oil painting, but ended up liking the oil pastel so much that I wasn't compelled to do an oil painting. This photo is a little too saturated, but it's always difficult to get a good image when there's a lot of dark ground showing!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I was so pleased with my sketch that I decided to do a "full" drawing of this horse. It has been years since I've done a larger drawing with no time constraints. It was enjoyable and I loved doing those dapples! This is 9x12 on Bristol vellum using a mechanical pencil.
Friday, May 1, 2009
This breed hails from Brazil (obviously of Spanish descent), what beautiful horses! They are a gaited breed, so they have an ultra-smooth gait not common to non-gaited horses. I am a little bit excited because this drawing has got to be the best drawing I have ever done. I'm not sure why all of a sudden my drawing should have improved by such a measure, though obviously my practice this year is doing some good! This is also the first time I've used my trusty mechanical pencil for a few weeks, so maybe that had something to do with it, and there must be something about dapple gray horses because the last one I drew (back in February) I saw a marked improvement in my drawing, as well. (The reference for this drawing comes from the Wikipedia article on this breed.)