Thursday’s Drawing, Classic #6


Continuing with my drawing on Classic, today the ballerina finally had some attention given to her.

Before I started drawing, the frisket was removed.  That was the easy part, the hard part was some of the sticky stuff on the back-side of the frisket stuck to the paper (oh for goodness sake, are you kidding?) and in certain spots I was unable to remove glue-like substance.  I’ll continue to work on it to get as much off as possible.  What I loved about using the frisket though, when it came off the space for the ballerina was completely clean of graphite or charcoal – fantastic, leaving me with a very clean surface to draw with.

Here is what I accomplished today.  First using graphite (2H) her legs and feet were drawn back in, there will be more work to do with these two areas, but for now it’s a guide for me later on.  Second continuing with graphite (2H, HB, B) her hands, arms, head, hair and bodice were drawn in.  What I love about taking photographs to post my progress, I can see very quickly and clearly what areas need work on and in this case a lot of refinement needs to take place with each of the areas worked on (length of her extremities, toning of her muscles, etc.).  Third, the floor shadows and highlights (2H, 3b) were worked some more.

Hope you enjoy the young ballerina – thank you for looking in on the progress.

Classic #6

Classic #6

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32 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, Classic #6

  1. The frisket really did serve this piece well-marvelous spotlight effect. Simply lovely, Mary.

  2. beautiful! hve pinned it to my pinterest art board thank you for shrnig such beautiful art have a great day x

  3. Madhu says:

    Fascinating to follow the evolution of your drawing Mary! She looks beautiful already!! 🙂

  4. Painting for Joy says:

    Wonderful Mary! I would love to see a close up when you are finished maybe? I would have been afraid to use fisket for fear of ruining what I’d already done on the background…you are very brave. 🙂 Love the shading taking place on the figure.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks for your feedback Rhonda – you can click onto the image and it brings up a larger picture of the drawing. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. It’s all about the process. I’m thoroughly enjoying the updates, Mary. Ah, the ballerina glows!! YES. Very lovely!~Theadora

    • Mary says:

      Ah Theadora so wonderful to hear from you! Thank you very much and I’m thrilled that you are enjoying this process – now the ballerina will take on some personality.

  6. lulu says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished piece.

  7. Gorgeous, I love how much details you got in! I love following your paintings. 🙂

  8. poppytump says:

    Pesky frisket 😉 but look how graceful she appears ….lovely Mary !

  9. ĽAdelaide says:

    I think she’s a beauty! I love the transparent quality of her! I just love everything you do, I think. 😉

    • Mary says:

      Ah Linda – so funny! Thank you for your lovely comment – I can’t wait to develop her fully. It’s been an amazing project to work on.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    I do admire your discipline. 🙂

  11. i used frisket long long long ago and never liked it! it’s frustrating to reach a point, only to find that the frisket won’t come off the paper!

    the drawing is beautiful! i love the line of her jaw – she looks as light as a butterfly!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Z! Thank you so much, you know how to make my day – glad you’re noticing that she is beginning to come alive. It’s a fun project this one and yesterday I started to get that Endorphin Rush – the connection, I could have gone on for hours drawing her.

      Yeah, darn that frisket, it wasn’t a lot of residue, but enough where it’s made a difference in a couple of areas.

  12. dorannrule says:

    I can tell this will be stunning!

  13. Getting better and better with every layer build up Mary! It really start showing some finer details, I love the spot light on the floor it really plays of that gracious bow down taken by the ballerina.The small highlights on the bottom of the curtain is really nicely done, the separation of the curtain and floor is amazing! Good progress for sure!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva – it was really cool developing the light and shadows on the floor. I could have gone with a crisp look where the curtain and floor meet or a bit relaxed feel, but it seemed that a relaxed look brings a bit of quiet realism to small stage atmosphere.

  14. elisa ruland says:

    Who would think one could create such a delicate piece after applying something called frisket!

    • Mary says:

      Ha, Elisa! Thank you – I hated putting the pencils down yesterday. I could have spent 5 more hours on her without even thinking about it.

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