Sunday, February 21, 2010

A hand - blind contour

As I said in my precious post I want to do more blind contour drawings. So here goes - my hand!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Orchids aka EDM # 257

I have an orchid in fabulous blossom, which of course inspired me to draw. So here comes EDM # 257, draw a house plant.

First a couple of flowers. They are in reality pink with darker pink/purple dots - but I got bored with the dots far to quickly (in the left flower). Should I press on, to see the effect?

I had planned for this to be a full value drawing, but then I liked it so mych as a contour drawing, so I couldn't bring myself to continue. Should I?

A very quick sketch.

An attempt at cross hatching - and the result is just terrible. How do you do it?

A blind contour drawing. I love the result, the way the line is so confident, I really want to work on incorporating this effect in my regular drawings.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Belated Valentine

To all of you friends and fellow artists out there - hope you had a great Valentines day. Here's my greeting to all of you! Thank you all for your kind words and comments on my drawings. I deeply touched and greatful for all of your compliments, and even more thankful for your hints and advice on how to improve my drawing and painting skills.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunflower and landscape

I'm experimenting a bit with ink and watercolors, learning to use these mediums to create the look I want. Not as easy as it looks when I see other peoples work, for example I can't seem to get an even wash using watercolors, without the "coliflower effect", and when I wanted some life in the background it just turned out messy. I guess I need more practise. This is from a photograph I took back in september.

This little miniature landscape (about 10 by 10 centimetres) turned out a little more like I wanted it to, but still the blue wash for the sky is a bit messy, I wanted a smooth blue wash - how do I do that? Any tips are greately appreciated! Ink and water color, from a phograph in a book I found at home (it seems I'm always looking for motives to draw or paint these days).

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted anything for a while. This is partially due to vacation in Tenerife (wonderful wonderful wonderful to get some sun after all the snow and cold we have in Sweden now), but mostly I must admit I have been lazy. I promise to better my ways and post more frequently from now on (I have been drawing more or less every day, it's just I haven't been bothered to photograph and post my sketches to the blog).

Anyway, this is the view from our hotel room in Tenerife, and a part of the parapet and decoration on our balcony. I'm not very happy with how the palm tree turned out. I think it's mostly because I finished it when I didn't have a view of the actual tree, so it feels kind of... flat.

I had imagined drawing and painting on the balcony every evening of our vacation after the kids had fallen asleep, but then I started reading this book instead, and then I was caught. So not a lot of drawing, but I enjoyed the book, so never mind.