Graphite, Charcoal, and Ink

Drawing is a bit like eating sugar. The more I do it the more I crave it. I feel compelled to pick up my charcoal, or pencil, or pen, and draw as often as I can. This week I made my daily drawings in my sketchbook, as well as some larger pieces on my easel.

February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016

This was a blind contour drawing where I stopped occasionally to check my position.  It is in one single line.  This is such a great exercise which forces me to look more at the object than the paper. On the Creative Bug website they are having a Daily Drawing Challenge for the month of February.  This drawing is from that challenge.  I may not do the project every day, but only those days I am inspired by the demo.

February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

Drawing spools of thread seemed easy enough, that is, until I tried to do it.  As you can see, my proportions are off in several places.  The drawing is a little wonky, but it was fun.

February 4, 2016

February 4, 2016

The lemons were a blind contour that I added to after I drew the outlines of the leaves and lemons.  I played with two shading methods: stippling and cross hatching.

February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016

These owlets are from a photograph on office calendar.  They are so sweet in the photo – fluffy and innocent.  I haven’t captured them very well, but I enjoyed trying.

February 6, 2016

February 6, 2016

Today, I drew several views of a clothespin in ink with added watercolor pencil.  I never thought that such a simple, everyday object would be so interesting to draw!

This week I also completed several drawings from an online class I am taking by Jeanne Oliver called Reflections: Paint Your Story.  I made three drawings using graphite and charcoal. The last one is also graphite and charcoal, but I also added water.

DryMediums1 DryMediums2 DryMediums3WetDry

This last one I quite like.  I used a photo of my daughter for inspiration.  While it doesn’t quite capture her likeness, I feel it does give a hint of her sparkle.

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