A Study – based on work by Sergey Lebedev

“To study is to learn – watching a 5 minute youtube video can sometimes be free education, the one I found was priceless.” by Mary

A Study – based on a youtube drawing demonstration by Sergey Lebedev, a graphite drawing (8×10) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Graphite was my choice of medium for this scene.  Mr. Lebedev is an accomplished artist I found on the internet; he has produced several youtube video’s demonstrating his techniques for drawing landscapes.  This guy is very good – the final drawings shown in his 5 minute video’s are excellent.

I learned a lot by watching the few he produced and decided to do a study based on one of his drawings.  Even though I titled the piece “A Study,” as I reached the halfway point in working on this drawing my own artistic instinct for how the scene should develop took over.  While the foundation of his landscape is present, my final drawing reflects more of the vision I had for this country scene.  It was a great learning opportunity.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, thank you for visiting ~

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52 Responses to A Study – based on work by Sergey Lebedev

  1. Oh my god. How you made that

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment and for visiting my blog!

      • Venkata Sonti says:

        Hello Mary. It was very nice to see your drawing inspired from Sergey. Can you share the pencil and eraser details. Do you use a white charcoal pencil when you lighten the top areas of the grass. Thank You. Sonti

        • Mary says:

          Hi Venkata, thank you for your nice comment – appreciate it! A great question. All the values (dark to light) were achieved by use of graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, 2B and 3B) and a kneaded eraser. Some of the sky was developed using q-tips and a cotton swab. Many layers were put down on the paper – laying down the graphite and taking it off. The process was repeated many times to achieve the texture and subtle values throughout. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again ~

  2. This makes me want to jump on my bicycle to explore that road. It looks like the start of a beautiful day. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Ruth. Thanks very much, I’m right with you – lets get on that bike and ride the bumpy pathway to see what surprises we might find in the background!

  3. You have an unmistakable style, Mary, yet I like that you glance around to perceive what more you can realize… Have an extraordinary end of the week!

  4. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so much beauty in all the detail!

  5. Jane Lurie says:

    I love this piece, Mary. Rather quiet and soft with delicate detailing in the trees. Lovely.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jane, thanks so much for your read on this scene – really appreciate your response. I seem to be drawn to landscapes like this, they make for some great subjects to work out in charcoal or graphite.

  6. cmartzloff says:

    Beautiful! It really draws you in.

  7. Jet Eliot says:

    Mary, this is a true joy. The path is so inviting, the graphite medium so intricate, and the vast wilderness is hopeful and freeing. I especially enjoyed hearing how you learned from the video, and then at what point your own artistic breath took over.

    • Mary says:

      I really enjoyed reading your response to this post and drawing Jet, it’s such a compliment as I saw the scene through your eyes. Thank you for always being supportive and engaging in my work. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  8. dsaquarelles says:

    I like so much your drawings! I go to see demonstration of Gregory Lebedev, it’s very interesting. But I prefer your silky touch. j’ ❤

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Dsaquarelles for your comment and compliment that means a lot coming from such a talented artist like yourself. Love your description “silky touch” ~

  9. It’s good to have many informations available, and when we manage to add our vision and our experience a great result is just behind the corner! Love your study which is now much more than a study! Thanks for an inspiring post as always useful even for an absolute beginner as myself 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wow Robert you know how to write a response – thank you for always being so kind and generous. My goal is to improve my drawings in graphite or charcoal so my style is still there, but more substantial scenes are developed. Glad the posts can be useful for you, I’m very happy to read that you are drawing – a process that for me is totally relaxing.

  10. restlessjo says:

    You have a distinctive style, Mary, but I like that you look around to see what more you can learn. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jo for being so thoughtful. I’m still at an early stage in developing art and to find information, such as what Sergey provided, well it goes a long way in helping me to improve especially in drawing. Have a wonderful weekend too!

  11. Ogee says:

    Wonderful to be inspired by others. And made more special because you decided to follow your own path. Beautiful, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Audrey – I really appreciate it! It was both inspiring and instructive to see Sergey develop his drawings, how fortunate we are to have free access through youtube. Thanks again ~

  12. Amy says:

    Thank you, Mary for sharing your wonderful experience. I have learned a lot about photography and camera setting on Youtube. 🙂
    I love this drawing. The path leads to layers of beautiful landscape, then to the skyscape! So beautifully done, Mary 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Amy so much for your generous feedback and read of the scene – means a lot. We are lucky to live in a time when there is so much information available, the resources of the internet is beyond anyone’s imagination. There is a good side of the internet that, as I wrote earlier, is priceless. I can see how it would be a great resource to you in photography. Thanks again – have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Resa says:

    It’s wonderful, Mary! I hope Mr. Lebedev gets to see this!!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m loving all of your graphite work Mary.

  15. Elisa Ruland says:

    I was curious and looked up graphite as a medium and found that it allows greater detail, which I see in your work. Your art is as interesting as it is beautiful. Have a great weekend, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you again Elisa – thank you so much for your response to graphite, it is a neat medium to draw with. Can’t tell you how much your feedback means to me, thanks again and hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

  16. Well, your studying certainly paid off Mary, this is stunning! Great job, indeed.

  17. Tom Donovan says:

    Hey Mary,

    Beautiful drawing. Your mark-making and value work brings this composition to life! Really nice.


  18. anna77dennis says:

    Beautiful, so much detail and atmosphere so nicely handled.

  19. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. The sense of movement you create in these drawings is magical.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Derrick for your compliment and nice thoughts. This was a great scene to work out in graphite, I really enjoyed where the process took me on this one.

  20. That’s absolutely beautiful Mary. I can imagine walking down that track and taking in the view.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mike, thanks very much – a wonderful compliment when one of my drawings transports the viewer. Hopefully you can take a few photographs along the pathway!!

  21. I just found his videos on you tube, I’m inspired, I may go out with a pencils and pad today instead of paint. By the way I think your drawing is really excelent.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Christine for your nice comment – much appreciated. Sergey does inspire, hope you have fun today! BTW, you have some gorgeous watercolors ~

  22. Roseelaineblog says:

    Great post I will check him out 🌹

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