Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just a little something


Having brunch with my friends, and finishing it off with coffee and cookies, and a sketch. Splashed with some actual coffee.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peace lily & da Vinci


I'm introducing my son at pre school, so I've been spending some time there these past couple of weeks with him. To kill time I've been drawing a peace lily they have in the window. The top one is pen and ink in my new sketch book (yep, I just did it. I might put some color in it too, I'm not sure yet.)


These are done with pen and water soluble ink, and then water color, which dissolved the ink totally making it look kind of like a negative space drawing. I like the effect!

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This last sketch includes a copy of Leonardo da Vincis drawing "study for the last supper". I'm thinking that copying other artists portraits might help me improve my own portrait drawing skills.

Here's the reference picture I used (I tried to make it smaller, but don't seem to succeed in any easy way, so this is what you get):

Sunday, April 18, 2010

EDM 268 - something I need

This is a portrait of my husband. I cannot imagine a life without him. <3

I have set a goal for myself to improve my skills at drawing portraits, which is something I find extremely difficult. Do you have any tips for me on how to get better at getting a good resemblance? I find that I can get different parts to look pretty good, but if I'm just half a millimeter off somewhere, then the whole thing looks wierd. (I think that's why I like doing flowers and stuff, it doesn't matter if it's a little bit off LOL).
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An apple a day...

I copied this design from my friend's table cloth, which was in black and white, and then colored it with water color. It was a very quick sketch, nothing I put much thought into, but I really like the way it turned out. Funny how the quick and dirty things we do often turn out the best.

I am currently working up the nerve to start using my new sketch book (given to me as a birthday gift by my talented friend and fellow EDMer Anna, check out her blog here) . Why is it that by the end of a sketch book, I don't care what a sketch looks like, I just paint and draw for fun, for practice, to pass time, but the first few pages I get a silly idea that it has to look good and be perfect and get struck by performance anxiety. Anyone else have the same problem? How to get over it?
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Friday, April 9, 2010

EDM 267 - something flexible

This challenge made me think of a classic drawing exercise: wrapping rubber bands around a glass, which is by the way a brilliant exercise when it comes to drawing what you see. So this is my drawing for something flexible.

(I really, really need to get Photoshop so I can correct my photographs, but this is the best I can do at the moment).

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

EDM 266 - something you cherish

EDM challenge 266 - draw something you cherish. My wedding rings, need I say more? But, wow it's difficult to paint metal!

The other two sketches are from a very sunny day on my friends' porch, I love that spring is finally here. I used the wrong pen for the sunglasses sketch, and used water soluble ink, but it made for a pretty interesting effect.
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The full picture

In my previous post I showed you some of the elements of this page, well here's the full picture. Raena - here's your answer regarding the shadow on the duck!

Inspired (again) by Nina Johansson as she describes in this post, I have been trying to do weekly pages (or as in this particular one, bi-weekly). Just to keep the drawing and painting alive, and doing something every day, even when I haven't time to do anything more serious. Which is basically the whole point of EDM as I understand it too :)
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Some small sketches

I've been trying to get in to the habit of sketching a little bit every day (even though I don't always succeed), so I've been doing some small sketches.

The kids' rubber duck.

This is actually a rose made from silk or something, but it looks pretty good and it was a lot of fun to sketch.

Another rose. I'm very much in to flowers right now, I think it's the long winter has me longing for spring and summer.
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