Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, final

Majesty of Grace finally comes to an end today – what a trip and one worth taking.

Majesty of Grace, 6×9, drawing was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (smooth side) using graphite pencil (4H, 2H, HB and 2B).  All blending was done with a stump for a smooth (but not the smoothest) appearance, wanted to show some roughness of a turbulent sea.  Values played a large role in making the incoming booming wave and splash come alive.  The highlights were achieved with keeping white space white, but also moving a kneading eraser strategically to create sea-foam and sun sparkles.  I was going to add a few gulls, but decided to keep the original intent, illustrating the power of a wave.

Thank you for sticking with the project – hope you have a great weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view of details.

Majesty of Grace

Majesty of Grace

A wonderful artist and photographer, Ruth Archer of pmp, took a great reference shot that I based my drawing off of.



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35 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, final

  1. poppytump says:

    Such a tumultuous rolling wave action at full force you’ve created Mary !
    Fantastic detailed work .. you are a *marvel with those graphite pencils 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, thank you for being so generous with your feedback and compliment. I’ve discovered that water is a natural with graphite, I’m excited for my next challenge.

  2. Madhu says:

    Mary, I am amazed by how real your drawing appears! Fabulous job as always. Thank you for sharing your creative process.

  3. Carol King says:

    Fantastic. I can hear the crashing of the waves and feel the spray on my face! What a great job you did with this.

  4. Painting for Joy says:

    I must say Mary, your graphite drawings are exceptional. This one is just beautiful. The wave has so much energy, it draws me in with all my senses. I can hear the wave crashing against the pier. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next! Have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thank you for your beautiful description. Means a lot to know that a drawing has that much visual power – very cool. The next several are going to be challenging, but if nailed could be exciting. Have a great weekend!!

  5. Mary, you’ve truly captured the majesty of a wave. I could watch them for hours.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  6. Susan Feniak says:

    Fantastic! You have captured the power of the ocean. I can hear the roar and feel that wave hit the pier. 🙂

  7. cmartzloff says:

    I’m continually amazed at how you capture the waves and misty water.

  8. It’s pretty amazing the power and motion you were able to capture with a few pencils. Beautifully rendered, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elena for your generous comment – there is something very satisfying about using graphite to represent the power of water. Thanks again and hope you have wonderful weekend!

  9. niasunset says:

    Amazing waves… Great drawing dear Mary, Thank you, have a nice day and enjoyable weekend, love, nia

  10. Powerful display of the rough sea and you just sailed those rough waters with your tools gracefully and the result is stunning! I’m glad you decided not to add gulls and let the full force take over the scene. Congratulations Mary this was as you said “a trip worth taking” I’m glad you took us along with you!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Eva for your beautiful comment and encouragement. I have a very powerful project next up and that will be very challenging – this was a good start toward that end. Thanks again, glad you enjoyed the process!

  11. Don says:

    Really beautiful Mary. I love the sense of power and wildness you’ve captured in that magnificent wave.

  12. I just love this so much! Beautiful!

  13. dorannrule says:

    Wow! That is powerful!

  14. oh my goodness, this is beautiful!

    am traveling but am about to have several hours to ‘catch up..’ z

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