Thursday’s Drawing: Feeding, #1 – a new drawing project


Back to Thursdays drawing and today is the beginning of a new drawing project – love the start of something new.  I  wanted a scene that spoke to the quietness that nature brings us each morning at the shore – Terns feeding.  They are pretty oblivious to folks on a morning jog or stroll, maybe every once-in-a-while they might look up, but they are pretty focused on their mission – seeking out their next meal.

Feeding, a graphite and carbon drawing (12×9) is being done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum (smooth side) paper.  An F graphite pencil was used to sketch out the two ferns, and 4H for laying in the foundation of the background water of the scene.  For this particular area the process will be erasing and drawing to build up the light and shadows hitting the water, the background water will have minimal detail so it doesn’t distract from the focal point of the Terns and foreground water reflections.

I turned up the contrast on this image so you could see the initial background work completed today.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Feeding #1

Feeding #1

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25 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing: Feeding, #1 – a new drawing project

  1. How lovely , Mary. I’m sure this work will be just as fascinating to follow as your wolf one was. 🙂

  2. exiledprospero says:

    It ‘terns’ out it’s a new drawing…

  3. I love a new project too:) Enjoy!

  4. Bravo, Mary! Thanks for showing us the beauty with every post. 💛

  5. Nicodemas says:

    I like how you show us the process Mary. You create wonderful drawings.

  6. Oh, Mary, look forward to watching your drawing unfold!

  7. Tom Donovan says:

    Hey Mary – enjoy seeing your drawing process. Thoughtful. Incremental. Expert. You are a patient artist, a useful attribute I hope to develop myself. – Tom

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Tom – appreciate your kind words and compliment. You could say that drawing forces me to slow down, just the opposite when I paint, lol!

  8. debiriley says:

    graphite has such a softness and blend ability to it that I really like; looking forward to seeing how the image emerges. your summary and description sound wonderful Mary 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Debi for your artist thoughts on this drawing. I’m looking forward to drawing the Terns, I’ve had very little experience drawing birds so this will be a fun piece to develop.

      • debiriley says:

        I know the feeling – its so difficult for me to get the right gestures, essence and feeling of a thing when I’ve not really been around it much. Have fun and I’m sure you will do wonderful things! 🙂

  9. Resa says:

    I love new starts, too! I’m feeding on Feeding!!!

  10. Good luck on your new project!

  11. I do love following your graphite pieces…I imagine it feels very different from the more energetic work you have been doing in acrylic. Wonderful…Janet

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