Thursday’s Drawing: Feeding, final

Back to Thursdays drawing, it’s been a while since I worked on Feeding and took a bit of getting used to drawing with a graphite pencil – was surprised that I was able to complete the project today.

Feeding, a graphite drawing (12×9) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using graphite pencils HB, B, 3B, a torilium and a kneaded eraser.  Today’s work was spent enhancing the water, putting finishing touches on both Willet birds and developing their reflections on the wet beach.   The reflections were drawn with a negative space technique.

Thank you for checking in – hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Feeding, final

Reference image used was from Rose Herczeg an awesome photographer and artist with pmp.


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59 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing: Feeding, final

  1. Everything about this is elegant and graceful.

  2. Your talent always amazes me. I really like this. Blows my mind that you did this in one day!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elizabeth – thank you so much for your comments and compliment on this drawing. Actually drew this over four Thursday’s as it was used for my Thursday’s project. It probably took about 10 hours to draw in total time.

  3. roseherczeg says:

    This is so beautiful, Mary! I’m honored that you chose one of my photos! Lots of love and praying for you and your family (just read the note about a family emergency). God bless ❤

    • Mary says:

      It was such a great image to work from Rose, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful scene – I loved drawing from it. Appreciate your thoughtful words of encouragement.

  4. Fabio says:

    Hope everything will go well in your family emergency leave. Take care!

  5. Susan Feniak says:

    Extraordinary drawing Mary!! Great detail, especially the feathers and shadows. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. dorannrule says:

    Perfect from the twins right down to their shadows!

  7. Amy says:

    I love your drawing, Mary! These two birds are so graceful. Love the details. 🙂

  8. Hi Mary! Nice finish on this piece! The feathers are particularly nice, and you can see them a lot better when you enlarge them. What wonderful things you can do with a pencil!~Rita

  9. Resa says:

    Fabulous, I love the birds! I also enjoy viewing the enlarged images of your work, and this one is excellent.

  10. poppytump says:

    Extraordinarily delicate work Mary . Opening it to see the enlarged version made me think how lovely this would look on a porcelain bowl or platter x

    • Mary says:

      So glad that you opened the image, interesting to see details up close. Thanks Poppy and glad to read that you made it home safe and sound. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Lovely variations of tones and whites of the paper as part of reflections.

  12. Perfectly synchronized delicate ballerinas. I must say this is one of the very best I have seen from your impressive works of art. I mean this is absolute perfection from every artistic angle, your technique is exquisite, the reflections, the feathers, the ripples of the water and all that reflecting back in the most beautiful way from your drawing lending a very delicate, elegant, fragile atmosphere. Congrats on your most beautiful work Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you for the generous analysis and feedback on this drawing. It was a perfect scene to use for a Thursday project. Still need some practice on drawing water reflections, but I’m happy with the first go-round. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Fantastic work, I really like this one. I agree with carla, I also had to open the image up because I originally could not decided if it was the photo or drawing. Well Done.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts on this drawing. Awesome, so glad you enlarged the image – gives the piece a whole new perspective. I really appreciated it – have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Nicodemas says:

    Wonderful Mary! This is wonderful.

  15. Beautiful drawing, Mary. I especially love the feathers, I can really see the difference in the detail when I enlarge it. 🙂

  16. jvandervlugt says:

    Beautiful Mary. I love the shadows in the water.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Joanna – much appreciated. I haven’t much practice in drawing reflections, so this was a good exercise for me. Have a lovely weekend.

  17. This is absolutely beautiful, Mary… ❤

  18. lulu says:

    Your work continues to amaze me. I hope you have a place to share it other than with us who look forward to your blog posts.

  19. This is absolutely stunning, Mary. The detail and the reflection is amazing. Excellent!

  20. Don says:

    It’s an outstanding drawing Mary.

  21. Great work ~ the reflection really has a liquid feel to it.

  22. Painting for Joy says:

    This is my fave so far of all your drawings. Perfect in every way from the composition, to the light to the detail. Love it Mary! 👍🏻

  23. Lovely drawing, Mary. Everything about it is perfect. The legs are especially wonderful. 🙂

  24. And when enlarged, I can see how beautiful the feathers are, the whole thing is beautiful. Makes me long to be able to handle graphite like that, I’ve got a set of graphite pencils, I must try and use them more often.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cara – means a lot as you are one of my favorite artists. I hope you take a moment to draw with your graphite, it is an awesome medium to work with.

  25. What a lovely delicate drawing, Mary. The reflections are masterly.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cara, I’m so glad that you enlarged the image, it shows the details really well. Although I could do a better job photographing. Thank you for your descriptive feedback – you’ve made my day, especially with the reflections.

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