Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week- week 3

It’s been a while since I drew a finalized piece in graphite. Funny, considering that’s all I used to draw with and what I know the best. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been doing them much.

Once I start to get the hang of a new skill, I have a habit of dropping it for something novel. I’m a wannabe jack-of-all-trades. It’s not necessarily bad, but it means I rarely give myself the chance to master anything.

That’s why my blog pots are always jumping around so much from one medium and technique to the next. It won’t stop being that way either; it’s a huge part of how I stay motivated.

But this year I want to focus on improving skills I’m already familiar with, along with everything else. Like drawing in graphite for example.

Thus this drawing:

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My goal for this was to complete it quickly (well, quickly for me) without worrying about every single little detail. I’ve come to realize that you can obtain realism without that.

This drawing is still really detailed obviously, but you have no idea how much less precise it is. And that’s exactly the point; no one can tell if you missed some details (not even the artist). It’s more about values and proportion etc.

Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week- week 2

For my drawing this week,  I did some gazelle studies at various levels of completion on my toned paper (which I almost forgot existed).

I can’t believe I haven’t used this toned sketchbook for so long! I think it’s been almost two years or something crazy like that. Odd since I loved working in it so much. Doing those highlights especially. . . so satisfying.

I’ll definitely be working in this sketchbook more in the future.

DEW 2 18 Gazelle

Which is your favorite of these gazelles?

Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week- week 1

First drawing of the year! Well, painting technically. I should have named this challenge Art Every Week not Drawing Every Week. I guess we’ll just have to pretend paintings are drawings for the next however many years I do this challenge.

Anyway, for my first painting of the year, I went back to my good old acrylics. Like I’ve said in past posts, I’ve made a lot of improvements with my acrylic painting skills, but as much as I have, there is still a longg way to go.

I especially felt this during this piece. To be honest though, I think a lot of my initial struggle had to do with me not sketching this rose before I painted. How was I supposed to keep track of all those petals? I ended up doing several layers before I gave up and did a sketch overtop everything and followed those lines.

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You should have seen this painting before I did that. It looked a lot worse than this.

Despite the improvement, I still wasn’t satisfied with how the petals were turning out. It was hard to get that subtle shading that I wanted and the highlights were basically invisible next to the oh-so-pale pink of the rose.

And then I thought. . . what if I combine some graphite scribbles onto everything? I’ve done the colored pencil thing a thousand times, never graphite, so why not?

DEW 1 '18 PR2

I really like how it turned out in the leaves (which I already liked to begin with). But once again, those petals stuck out like sore thumbs to me. The graphite was just too strong and it looked too chaotic.

So I took my trusty eraser and, you guessed it, I erased it. Well, partially. I still wanted some of the shading to come through.

DEW 1 '18

And voila!

Not the best thing ever, but I kinda like how it turned out. I probably could have made it a bit better, but I wanted something simple after Drawcember. And let’s be honest, I was rather done with this painting at that point.

Still, it was pretty fun to try (yet another) new technique.

Drawing Every Week 2017

Drawing of the week- week 20

Here you go, drawing of the week number 20. Well, not technically a drawinggg, but it counts.

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If you remember the last time you saw this painting, you’ll know that it was a lot less. . . well, done.

I knew that of course, but when I put these two progress shots together I was a little surprised.  I didn’t realize how much I really did, especially on the pig. It’s satisfying to look at how much progress I made, considering how much time it took. It’s easy to lose track of the progress when you’re staring at the same thing for hours as it builds up ever so slowly.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think I could have improved on the composition and I think there might be a few issues with the saturation and/or values. Part of the problem was just with the set up of the still life and how much I stuck with reality.

The beauty of art- or one of the beauties I should say- is that you don’t have to follow your reference to the T. (tea?) You can change it if you want, you can even improve on it. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of the time I forget about that and I get too caught up in replicating the details in the reference.

I suppose I coulddd fix the value/saturation problems in this painting, but there’s a time to quit and that time is now.  Next time, I’ll make sure to pay more attention to these things.

PS. I’m finally done school. Foreverr (sort of) So now I can commence with my regular posting schedule. Yayy

Drawing Every Week 2017

Drawing of the week- week 19

Here is drawing of the week 19… finally. Sorry for the delay.

If you’re wondering why I have been posting irregularly the past week or so, it’s because final exams are coming up and I’m really busy studying for them and finishing up my school in general.

I’ll still try to post twice a week, whichever days I manage to, but I can’t promise anything until exams are over.

DEW 19 carnation.png

This carnation was just a quick rendering in colored pencils. I wasn’t overly concerned with getting all the colors and the values exactly right, I just wanted to get something done quickly. Because of that, my highlights aren’t really the best… there’s just not enough contrast. But for my purposes, that’s not really an issue since it was for drawing not value practice.

Unlike most of my art, this wasn’t drawn using someone else’s royalty free photo, it was from a picture I took myself of some flowers I have at home, one of the bonuses of working at a flower shop. A very handy bonus when you’re an artist let me tell you.

A very handy bonus when you’re an artist let me tell you.


Drawing Every Week 2017

Drawing of the week- 18

For the 18th week of my year of weekly drawings, I did this little bluejay in oil paint.

DEW 18 bluejay

I’m surprisingly happy with how it turned out. I didn’t get the amount of detail or color accuracy I would have liked, but even without that, it creates the impression of a bluejay much better than I would have expected.

Thanks inner perfectionist, for making this painting take wayyy longer than it should have. I was starting to wonder if I would ever get around to finishing it.

But as you can see, I made it. This calls for a celebration.


Drawing Every Week 2017

Drawing of the day: week 17

I was originally planning on doing something else for this week’s drawing, but it took longer than I expected so I ended up doing something a lot more simple but also a lot newer (for me).

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My first impasto painting.

Impasto flower side