Thursday’s Drawing, Classic #7

Thursday already, where does time go?  Had a good day of cleaning up some areas on Classic that needed to be addressed.

My work on Classic lasted for about one hour, I know well over my 1/2 hour scheduled for working on her, but couldn’t stop myself.  I haven’t used carbon pencils on Classic, wanted too, but I’m too far along with charcoal and graphite so the true effects of carbon probably wouldn’t be achieved.  Materials are:  Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (9×12) and today all graphite pencils:  2H, HB, B, 3B.

The first area worked on was her face because it looked too tight,  this was refined and her skin tones smoothed out as well (with very small pieces of felt).  Her arms and hands were out of proportion, they were fixed but more still needs to be done, there is something to be said for managing the proportions right from the initial sketch and before charcoal is put down (can’t erase it).  Lesson learned.  Additional shading was done with her hair and the tiara was worked on.  And, finally work was started on the bodice and was skirt.  I didn’t have it in me to tackle her legs and feet today, because I know this will be the ultimate challenge with Classic.

A Happy 4th to all who celebrate – I’ll be off until Monday, but will try and check my Reader on and off.  Thanks for checking in ~

Classic #7

Classic #7

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21 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, Classic #7

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Identifying places for improvement is the first step to doing so … good reflection!

  2. So true, charcoal is difficult to remove once it’s down and heavy. She’s coming along very well.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, thank you very much. Drawing in different mediums has been an interesting learning experience, especially in this drawing.

  3. What a lovely drawing! I hope you had a nice 4th as well 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    She’s going to be beautiful! 🙂

  5. Lovely gift for the 4th of July. Happy Fourth to anyone who celebrates!

  6. ĽAdelaide says:

    Beautiful! Happy weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Linda! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend, any grandchildren visiting for the holiday?

      • ĽAdelaide says:

        I wish… it is difficult for them to travel out here til next month when a family reunion is planned! I’m happily buying swingsets and replacing one portable pool for another fab one!

        Hoping you are enjoying yours. We also had some wonderfully thick fog last night to alleviate my fire-danger worries. 😉


  7. Painting for Joy says:


  8. This is really getting to be an absolutely beautiful piece Mary! I love all your technical hands on descriptions of your progress. The ballerina is stunning and it will get even more stunning! I love how delicate and fragile she is, exactly how a ballerina suppose to look like, you reflecting that perfectly! Congrats, up to this point is just perfect! Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July and a wonderful long weekend Mary! Eva 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you very much! Really appreciate your generous feedback, but oh my her poor legs, I’m hoping I can pull off a miracle at the last minute. I’m going to take time this coming week to finish her, I love being able to finally start working on her skirt. Having a wonderful 4th weekend and hope you are enjoying yours as well. Take care, Mary

  9. the drawing is stunning and looks finished to me. again, you amaze me with your discipline!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Z! Thanks very much you are really kind about this drawing, I think I’m going to finish her up this week. There are some issues that can’t be solved because of the frisket, so I’m going to take it as far as I can and call it a day.

  10. Beautiful drawing and happy 4th of July

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