Sketch for Drawing Project – Grand Slam, charcoal


It takes me a while to select a scene for my Thursdays Drawings, I actually had five to select from for next week but something in me said, wait there’s one more to look at.  Well one thing led to another  .   .   .

Before you know it, I’ve got my next project ready for next Thursday.  It’s a little complex for charcoal so I spent a 1/2 hour sketching it out (on a scrap piece of photocopy paper!) to see if the medium would do the scene justice with the water, splash and rolling waves coming into shore – I’m sold on the results and think charcoal will work perfectly.

Next Thursday I’ll be beginning the actual charcoal drawing, which will change a bit from what you see here, but for today I thought I’d share the results with you.  The sketch is called, Grand Slam – on 8.5 x 5.5 (charcoal).

Funny how things work out don’t you think?  I’m currently working on a portrait and may be able to complete this weekend.  Hope your Friday is a good one – click onto image for a larger view.

Sketch of Grand Slam

Sketch of Grand Slam

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Storm Clouds – Pictorial of Drawing Process


For Thursdays Drawing you’ll find the pictorial showing the drawing stages of Storm Clouds (9×12), charcoal on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  The subject was chosen for this drawing project because of the complex cloud structures and as an experiment I wanted to see how well value ranges could be developed with charcoal to give the cloud forms depth, density and texture.

Stage 1 – developing land and sea:  because the clouds are the main subject the scene was divided 1/3 land/water mass and 2/3 sky.  This stage concentrated on developing the land and water – charcoal was applied to the water areas and blended with a stump toward those areas that would reflect the lighter cloud forms.  The landmass on the left side was drawn in by charcoal pencil and blended strategically keeping in mind it’s a rougher texture than the water.  The bit of rock in the middle of the water was layered in with charcoal pencil and backed out with kneaded eraser.

Stage 2 – developing cloud structures:  keeping lighter areas free of charcoal, the base foundation of the sky was built up with layers of charcoal and blended with a stump.  Charcoal vines were used to add the darkest value of darks and blended in various spots to begin developing depth and density.

Stage 3 – refining cloud masses and landmass/water:  Three things that were worked on at this stage  1) the focal point was better established by developing the cloud textures and then blended out smooth areas to show the different cloud levels and atmospheric changes – edges played a large role here too, 2) depth and density was increased by establishing more of the middle value ranges in the cloud structures – so the darks and strategic lights stood out, 3) the rock formation in the water was made smaller and pushed further back toward the horizon, so it didn’t draw attention away from the focal point.  This particular stage took about 8 hours to do.

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Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds, charcoal (9×12)

The reference image used was from Gary Jones of pmp.

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Trail Blazer, charcoal


Little fact o   .   .   .   Did you know that US Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a cowgirl at heart?  In 2002 Justice O’Connor was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  She was born in El Paso, Texas growing up on her family’s cattle ranch (yes, she can ride and shoot).   If you would like to learn more here is the link to the museum and write-up on Justice O’Connor http://www.cowgirl.net/?s=sandra.

Living in Texas it’s not unusual to see cowgirls, beautiful gals they are who look every bit the part, from their hats to boots, and they love their trucks!  I saw one such young lady the other day and thought I’d give a quick go at capturing what I imagined she must look like after working a long winter day at the ranch.

Trail Blazer (8×5) is a simple charcoal sketch of the young lady I imagined.  Here’s to all those cowgirls out there ~

Trail Blazer

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Little Girl, charcoal


Children are interesting characters to draw and I’ve wanted to capture this little girl for a while now and finally decided to give her a try ~

Little Girl (12×9) is a charcoal drawing on Strathmore Drawing paper using vine and willow charcoal, torilium, stump and a kneaded eraser.   My reason for drawing the girl was to capture her relaxed posture as she basked in the warm sunlight.  There are some areas that I may go back and revisit, but for today she is done and being introduced to you.

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Little Girl textThe reference image was from Rosalind Amorin of pmp.

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Creative Prison or Prism, charcoal


Where do you find yourself today?  In a creative prison or prism?

Today’s drawing is called, “Creative Prison or Prism” a charcoal drawing (12×9) on strathmore paper.  Tools used were mainly vine and compressed charcoal, with a torilum, brush and kneaded eraser.  Drawing free-hand I took total liberty with the subject I was sketching from today, no more so than when I got to the very last stage of casting the final light beams and then it hit me ~ the symbolism couldn’t be ignored.

Where am I?  When I’m drawing or painting I’m always in a prism and the creativity flows, it’s an incredible thing.  Even at times when I’m struggling, to me that’s called growing I’ll learn from whatever the lesson is that’s on my plate.  But, my prison comes during the decision of what to paint or draw – thousands of prospects and yet mentally not one.  The subject has to hit me the moment I see it or I stay stuck in my prison.

So how about you – can you can relate to this?  Please click onto the image for a larger view.

Creative Prison or Prism

Reference image was from Wetcanvas library.

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Thursday’s Drawing – Storm Clouds, final


The final stage of Thursday’s drawing project is where drama of moving clouds took center stage and the change from week two to today was dramatic.  I loved working this piece .  .  .

Storm Clouds, charcoal (9×12) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using vine and compressed charcoal, tortilium, artist brush, felt and a kneaded eraser.  The entire process for developing the clouds was through the build up of many, many layers by putting charcoal on and taking it off over and over again.  The middle land mass was knocked back a bit and made smaller in scale, so as not to loose the focal point.  The key to this drawing was managing the values to give depth and movement.

Nature gives us moving art in the form of clouds, a subject that has fascinated artists and photographers for generations.  Thank you for staying with this project and checking in – click onto the image for a larger view.

Storm CloudsThe reference image used was from Gary Jones, an incredibly talented photographer with pmp.

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Fish Net Dance – charcoal


A quick and simple seascape drawing of a young boy casting a net for the daily catch – the peaceful idyllic scene was something that spoke to me.

Fish Net Dance, charcoal (8×5) was done on Strathmore Sketch paper using vine charcoal, a torilum, and an artist brush.  I’ve not had practice with drawing the figure form, so this was a perfect subject to work with in free-form.  The graceful and skilled nature shown of this young boy flinging out his net told me he’s done the task a thousand times.   I wanted the scene in its most simplest form, so a bridge and boat that were positioned at the horizon in a reference image used was purposefully left out.

 

Fish Net Dance, Original

Fish Net Dance, Original

Fish Net Dance, UPDATE

Fish Net Dance, UPDATE

The reference image was from Pravin Puthra, of pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing, Storm Clouds – #2


Thursday again and moving right along on the current drawing project, Storm Clouds.  Sorry for how dark and blurry the image is, it’s a cloudy and overcast day so I’m unable to get a good photograph – I really tried.

Continuing with Storm Clouds, #2 (9×12) a charcoal drawing.  I’m primary using vine and compressed charcoal.  Today was spent on developing the cloud mass getting an initial layer down and some darks – value control and finding patterns is what’s going to guide me the rest of the way with this scene.  The clouds are the main event with this drawing, so next week will be spent building and pulling values from highlights to the darks against medium values.

I love this, it’s where the rubber meets the road and I’m getting excited by what’s taking shape.  Thanks for checking in  .   .   .  click onto the image for a larger view.

Storm Clouds, #2

Storm Clouds, #2

Have a great weekend!

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Sweet Slumber, charcoal


New mothers seem to live in a fog of exhaustion and try to sneak in much-needed sleep when they can find the time.  When I saw this tired Mom and her new baby taking a nap in a “cozy” chair, I sensed a feeling of peaceful love.

Sweet Slumber (12×9), a charcoal drawing was done using vine and compressed charcoal, a bit of graphite for some of the hair.  My goal was to use carbon for the skin of both Mom and baby, but the carbon pencil was hard and I couldn’t get a nice smooth appearance, I think next time I’ll create a pile of carbon dust and apply with a brush.  Because of this 98% of the drawing became charcoal.  Tools used were:  kneaded eraser, tortilum, stump, and artist brushes.

Thanks for checking in.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Sweet SlumberOriginal reference was from Susan Cook of pmp.  The image was cropped for a tight close-up of Mother and Baby.

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My favorite ad campaign.


Mary:

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