An up close and personal picture of a llama, graphite on Mellotex, size 15x12 cm. I started this ages ago before I did the llama in CP and I only had the bottom right hand corner to do so one hour today and I finished it. I may still darkend a few bits.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
I'm on a roll today but now the dark clouds have descended and the light isn't good enough to start another. This one is 12x22cm on light grey pastelmat. I have used mostly tinted charcoal pencils with a touch of yellow and pink pastel to brighten it up. I do like the charcoal they enable me to get the darks in quickly but they feel a little scratchy and slightly set my teeth on edge so I find myself gritting my teeth and ending up with an achy jaw. Must think of another subject for tomorrow.
With nothing particular in mind except 'small, quick and loose' I rustled this one up in an hour this morning. It is only 10x18cm on a yellowy Pastelmat. I started off using tinted charcoal pencils for the background but then changed to pastel pencils for the hare. I think I might try some more like this.
Monday, 19 July 2010
It was really nice to do something completely different and work on sanded paper for a change. So much quicker and I have managed keep it painterly.
I am having a moan, I have just been filling in entry forms for my local art group exhibition and noticed that all greeting cards are to be priced at £1.50. Mine are already priced up at £1.80 and £2.00 so I will boycott cards this year, hope others do the same. Agh!!!
Sunday, 18 July 2010
I am working on this rose, a real change for me. Derwent Artist Pencils on Fisher 400 size about 7"x5". It doesn't look much at the moment but if it works I may do a couple more like this to mount and offer for sale at my local art club exhibition next month. This underpainting is done with dry pencil. Next stage is to bring in some detail but I am hoping this will still look painterly rather than botanical.
I have just about finished. This is certainly the best picture I have done of this beaded girl but still not totally happy with it. The skin is quite painterly and I would have preferred it smoother. I should have layered more carefully in the early stages. I put the paper on a sheet of rigid plastic placed on a hot water bottle to try to blend a little more. It certainly helped to melt the wax enough to blend with finger but it then became rather dull so had to work over it again. I can hear my teachers comments on my school reports echoing in my ears. 'Must take more care and not rush things!' agh if only I could.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
This is a picture I have had a go at many times with various mediums and have never managed to achieve the look I wanted. The last one being an oil painting earlier this year. This one started by accident while I was trying out different pencils on Stonehenge Black paper. The reference photo was at hand and I decided to keep going. Underneath my trusted Prismacolor are a mixture of Graphitint white and Derwent Tinted Charcoal. The white seemed no different to any other white and the Tinted Charcoal was really too dark for this paper but interestingly the Prismacolor seemed to glide beautifully over the charcoal pencil. So a little more experimentation required there I feel. I also discovered that the Prismacolor plain wax pencil worked very well as a first layer reducing the amount of white I needed to cover the surface. There is white under all the skin area even the darkest shadows. I have just about finished the viewers left cheek, eye and the ear, but this morning I can see the right eye needs to be larger and I have a slight skew on the mouth and nose area. The right cheek still needs a lot of blending and I have the beads and dress to do. I am still not totally happy with it but feel it is my best interpretation of this sweet little girl that I have done to date.
Off to Art in Action near Oxford on Friday, hope it doesn't rain but not looking promising.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Here are 3 pictures I have been working on over the past few days entirely from my imagination (unusual for me). They are all 30x14cm, coloured pencil on light grey Pastelmat using Zest-it to blend. I don't think they are worth framing but they were fun to do and may inspire me to do a bigger picture sometime in the future. On the other hand I may print them as greetings cards.
Ladies in Lavender
Life's a beach
Scotch on the Rocks