52 Drawings in 52 Weeks

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

 

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Presentsss

Soooo it was my birthday the other day.

And by the other day, I mean over a week ago. (The 21st if you were wondering, which you probably weren’t)

But that’s not the point of this post, the point is presents. Birthday presents. Guess what they were.

18th birthday

If you guessed art supplies, then you are right. Shocker I know.

In case you can’t use your eyes, I’ll even spell what I got out for you. I got a sketchbook- because you can never have too much of those- three Prismacolor Premium colored pencils, and best of all, 24 Faber-Castell Polychromos, the highest quality colored pencils I’ve ever owned and the only oil based colored pencils.

Polychromos

Look at all the pretty colors.

Now all I need- I mean, other than the thousand other art supplies I also need- is good coloring pencil paper, which I plan to order the next time I buy my own art supplies. I’m not sure exactly how long that’ll be but probably a while sadly.

Until then I’ll just use them on whatever regular old paper I have lying around. No need to get too fancy in order to make art, though it definitely is nice.

Flowers

As you can see, I have already started with the colored pencils. A very rough sketch just to test them out, nothing too serious. And because I started the colored pencils I naturally had to start the sketchbook simultaneously, because I couldn’t possibly wait to finish my other thousand sketchbooks. That’s just ridiculous.

Then I did something a little more serious, but still quick and rough.

More flowers

I couldn’t have done something super accurate and detailed anyway, since I only used my Polychromos for both of these sketches.

Next time I’ll have to combine all four types of colored pencils for a better color range.

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Drawing of the week- week 16

It’s late, but here’s week 16’s drawing.  I was so busy Monday I didn’t have time to post it before now.

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I did it in gouache and pen.

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More oil paintings

Like I thought, the journey in oil paint has only just begun for my art class. Just yesterday I started this cheetah and rumor tells me at the end of the year I’ll have to do a self portrait in oil paint. And in between then… well, there’s probably going to be a lot more. I haven’t even finished my blue jays yet.

But that’s not it for oil painting either. I’ve also just started another one. Yeah, I know I just never stop do I.

Unfortunately I can’t really show you it at this point. It’s a secret.

As far as the cheetah. . .

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He’s incredibly rough at this point. I’ve only just put in the background and blocked in his dots. Next up is glazing. Plenty of glazing.

I’m excited to see how he turns out, though I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to pull it off.

Wish me luck.

 

52 Drawings in 52 Weeks

Drawing of the week- week 15

You may recognize week 15’s drawing from a post I did way back in February showing the sketches of several people and a dog in motion. I stand before you today to tell you that I have finished them- well, 2/7ths of them anyway. The drawing of the week being the dog.

I took foreverr to complete this painting. Not exactly because I forgot about it but because I was so reluctant to start the painting process that I ended up putting it to the side until I forgot about it.

I just didn’t know where to start or how to go about it. I didn’t know how to make the dog look like he was in motion and I didn’t know how to do the water around him.

Motion Study dog

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out though. The water isn’t the best, but I am surprised at how well I managed to do the dog, especially considering he’s white. White is always the hardest.

But at the time it seemed too challenging- and not in the fun way. So I put it off. I told myself I would finish the montage of the baseball, football, and soccer players first and then come back to it.

Maybe that would have worked out if I had gotten through the montage piece, but I had to start it all over again because of bad placement- there ended up not being enough room for the football player- and that frustrated me to the point of putting it down too. After all that time getting things down just right for the other players I wasn’t in a mood to do it all over again.

Hopefully I work up the will to work on that piece again in the near future but while you wait for that to happen I might as well show you my third motion piece- a soccer player all by his lonesome.

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For this guy I decided to make things a little interesting and more dynamic by painting these weird blur lines in. I think I’ll do something similar for the montage.

Do these two pieces look like they’re in motion?
I think the soccer player does, but I’m not so sure about the dog. . .

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Sketches and more sketches

I know, I know, I haven’t really posted every day like I promised. And I don’t reallyy have an excuse for not. . . but hey, at least I did some art right?

Here’s (some of) what I’ve been working on the past few days.

First in line are these practice perspective sketches.

 

Perspective sketches
If you’re wondering why there’s a straight line floating around each picture, that’s your eyelevel

 

As you can see, I didn’t really go all out for these things. We’ve already went through perspective in my art class a while ago so I didn’t feel like lingering on it too long.

Moving on we have this very rough sketch of my glasses- for no reason other than they were sitting in front of me.

Glasses sketch

The proportion is a little off in places but it’s pretty good considering I did this sketch entirely with my macron ink pen- no pencil. I must admit, it was a little scary going in.

The last of the sketches I’ll be showing you is this quick figure sketch of a woman.

Figure sketch 1

Lately, I’ve been doing a bit of these figure sketches using this site I found called Line in Action, to practice drawing people. This sketch is one of four I did in the past few days. I took 10 minutes for each.

But I haven’t just been doing quick sketches, I’ve also been making progress on my graphite drawing of a duckling- not to mention my drawing of the week and my monthly drawing challenge.

Duckling PR#2

Graphite work isn’t my favorite thing to do- I prefer working in color so much more, I get bored of black and white too soon- but after so long of ignoring it I’ve begun to realize I actually do enjoy it every now and again. It’s nice not to worry about color for once. All you have to do is worry about value and value placement and you’re good.

And with the addition of a good audiobook or podcast, it’s very relaxing.

Plus, graphite is by far the medium I’ve had the most experience in and it’s the medium I’m most comfortable with.

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Drawing of the week- week 14

 

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If you’re wondering why I only used orange in this drawing, there really isn’t a reason

 

As you can tell, I didn’t spend very much time on this week’s drawing- a rose in colored pencil. I was so busy this week I didn’t have much time to and when I had time I forgot about it. Typical me.

A little update on my art plans for break- I am planning to post some artwork everyday until Friday, when I’ll go back to my regular schedule- at least until I get back from a short vacation, maybe I’ll continue doing it after that. Who knows.