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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42 Responses to Sketch for Drawing Project – Grand Slam, charcoal

  1. Cat Forsley says:

    Mary You are so Talented ! You are amazing 🙂 xxxxxxxxx
    Love them all 🙂 I MEAN ALL OF THEM 🙂
    if you go on my site – there is a plagiarism banner – “Copy scape ”
    i use that so no one “takes ”
    as i see you writing your © under all your art
    would be easier for you to just add
    You can make a little banner and use it under each piece 🙂

    Have a Gorgeous weekend ❤
    C xx

    • Mary says:

      Well hi Miss Cat!! Wonderful to see you again – love how hard you are working these days, the rewards are shaping up very nicely. Thank you for taking the time to look at my recent art pieces and for your lovely feedback, you are very sweet. And, thank you w/re to the copyscape information, I’ll be checking it out later today. Have a great week ahead as you continue making beautiful music!

  2. I’m excited to see this progress to the finish. You know how I love these. xo

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! I’ve started phase I and not so sure I like the beginning, so I may be making a few changes to the scene – we’ll see, all depends on where the piece takes me while working on her.

  3. I’m loving the sketch! Look forward to more…

  4. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so much detail already! It’s looking good.

  5. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh this is going to be a good one Mary. The composition is very nice! I like the gentle curve of the shoreline. The dark trees in the background will make a wonderful back drop for the waves. Great choice! Looking forward to seeing it come to life. Have a great rest of your weekend! xo

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thanks so much – it’s feeling right to me, with a few minor changes it’s ready for a larger surface. Think I might use charcoal, carbon and graphite in this drawing.

  6. restlessjo says:

    You amaze me, Mary! Just a little sketch I knocked up in half an hour!!! I could spend weeks getting anywhere near 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Jo, you are very kind – it didn’t impress my husband (lol). The real test will be whether I can translate this into a larger piece that reads well – I’m excited to lay it out the composition and go from there.

      Have a great week, my husband and I went on a 3.5 miles walk through a forested park by us yesterday and I thought of your Monday walks (only I forgot my camera).

  7. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Oh, I will look forward to this one next week. It really does show such promise already (actually, in my un-artistically talented world, I’d take it as is!) 🙂

    • Mary says:

      You are very kind A! – thank you very much. Stay tuned, I’m excited for this project and hope the results look as I envision – will take a few weeks to complete (for Thursdays drawing project). Stay warm!

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    You may recall that I enjoy bits about the process … and in this case, I had no idea you would start with a sketch it get an idea if charcoal would work. Fascinating!

  9. dorannrule says:

    I can see why you are satisfied that this is going to work. It already has the feel of wild motion. It can actuallly stand as is, but then I am not a professional art critic. I just know what I love.

    • Mary says:

      You got it Dorann! Yes, there will definitely be “wild” motion and if done properly you might even be able to imagine hearing the roar and slam. Thanks so much, have a great weekend – we have an ice storm coming in here tomorrow through Monday.

  10. “Grand Slam” it is, looking forward to see this, you got me all exited! It appears to be just as dramatic as your sky, I’m ready to take the journey on this one! Have a most wonderful weekend Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva, I’m excited to get started. I’ve been thinking of how to approach the scene and will probably use frisket to keep the sea foam and spray areas clean as the rocks and trees are worked on. May also use fixative to develop some additional depth within the trees – can’t wait to see how this develops. Thanks again ~

  11. HIGHLY promising !! 😀

  12. Your Grand Slam looks great and it reminds me of a place by the beach I go to every summer!
    Happy weekend, Mary!! 🙂 xxx

  13. Resa says:

    I really enjoyed my visit here today. Your artwork and style are very appealing.

  14. Jet Eliot says:

    I enjoyed reading about your process, Mary, and the sketch is a real treat to view. I hope you have a creative week ahead. 🙂

  15. cindy knoke says:

    looks moody & mysterious!

  16. I like where this one is headed, and I really like your copyright notice here.. surely no one would be brazen enough to right click.. but ha, we know better.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend – over December break I found more of my images on the internet, shame right? It’s a sad circumstance and I hate the way the message looks.

      I’m exciting about this scene. Now that I know it can be developed, the real work starts on Thursday and between now and then I’ll have time to think about how to approach it.

      Thanks Z and have a wonderful weekend! How are the rains and storms?

      • anyone who has had their images lifted will totally understand.. i remain amazed at how many people think if they find something on google images, that it’s free domain.

        clouds are building to the north _at sunset) but we hae only had three or four inches of rain for the entire ainy season.. many times the rains start in mid december, and almost always we get a lot in jan.. and february is the ‘worst.’ ha.. we’re averaging about an inch a week in and are worried now about low aquifers. that’s the polar opposite for the predicted el nino weather… we’re hoping to get rain tonight… z

        • Mary says:

          The weather is weird right? Our daffodils and pink magnolia buds are ready to open, but we are going from 70’s yesterday to 30’s tonight and ice storm Sunday through Monday – wild ride. But rain, we just aren’t receiving it and will probably move into Stage 2 of conservation because our lakes have depleted by 21′ or more in some areas w/30 to 50% capacity for water supply. Scary, we need the rain. Surprised to hear how little you’ve received this year – I remember the last two years you were drenched and sloshing about in your boats. Take care ~ any more tour groups coming into town?

  17. Looking really good, Mary. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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