Haaaaaappy Friday. The weekend is here! Well it is for most people. Not for me, but l don't care as l get to draw all day, so everyday is the weekend! And l have been having such fun this week drawing this little chipmunk, even more fun than usual as l discovered a new way of drawing fur! And it happened all by itself with me not thinking about it all, l just found myself doing it.
l am not sure if the difference would be visible to anyone looking at my pictures or not, but l could tell the difference when l was drawing it, and l like it better. When l have thought of a good way to describe what l have been doing l will add a page to the tips section, at the minute all l can to to describe it is to say that it involves crossing the strands on the first layers, instead of them all going exactly the same way, l worked over it as l always have done, but the reason l found it exciting was because it results in more natural looking fur, the little patterns that the pencil strokes make look better and more realistic.
You can possibly see it in the head fur above. Because you can't really work light over dark with coloured pencils it can be difficult to get a natural look. You can lighten a little but not completely. So l usually put down light colours first and emboss quite heavily so that the darker color doesn't cover everything. The additional texture gave a more natural look when l began working the final layers.
ln the picture above l have begun the underneath layers of the body fur (although none of the other fur is totally finished yet) you can see how l have put down the cream and gold tones first. The cream was especially important as l could never have got that area as light as l needed if l put darker colors first. Using lots of colors and tiny individual strokes helps to make the fur look realistic.
And then l get to draw the pile of nuts he is sitting amongst. I have never drawn a nut before so that was a challenge to look forward to. Although l always feel apprehensive that l will ruin a picture by messing up something l have not done before it also helps to keep me enthusiastic and motivated. Meeting the challenge of drawing something new, or working out how to create a texture or a colour makes it exciting. Anyway l am looking forward to showing you how l get on with the nuts, in the meantime have an amazing weekend and create some beautiful artwork that challenges you just a little. Happy drawing.
Well good morning and a happy, hot Wednesday to you! It is over 100f here and l am a drippy mess! Of course that just means that more ice cream is called for and batches of candy cap and peach are in the freezer and peach sorbet from our beautiful home grown peaches, so there are some compensations for being so overheated!
We have had a mini adventure in our lives this week, as whilst out walking l noticed a pair of quail panicking next to a storm drain, then the female very deliberately flew down it. Their behaviour was very odd, l took a look down and could see her at the bottom, but no sign of anything else, but my gut feeling was that they must have had a baby fall down there. I went back a couple of hours later with feed and she was still there, no sign of a baby. So l left feed but couldn't see how she could get out, it being 11ft down with a tiny opening. We went back that evening to see if she had been able to leave and discovered she had 7 or 8 very young chicks not more than a day or two old (and certainly too young to fly) and they were all down the storm drain. No wonder they had been panicking. Anyway, l have been feeding them all week and we put down a plank covered in cloth in the hopes that the babies could walk up it. Last night l couldn't see them, so l am very hopeful that they negotiated the very steep plank, and escaped.
I absolutely love birds, which is why l return so often to drawing them, and as l wasn't totally happy with my last hummingbird picture, l decided to try again. I haven't even got around to blogging about it, l am so behind, but if you want to see it l will put the link below this post. This time l decided to draw just the bird.
What l have found from drawing both hummingbirds is that l cannot get my pencil to a fine enough point to get the detail that l would like to get. The only way around this that l can think of would be to work even bigger, but there is something a bit creepy about seeing a huge hummingbird, so at the minute l have had to compromise. And you can see from this photo just how sharp l keep my pencils, so l am not sure l could get any finer lines from them than l already do.
This piece gave me the opportunity to get out all the beautiful, vibrant colors that l so like working with. And l have had such a lot of fun drawing this piece. The challenge of getting the shine on the feathers, and getting the little sequin feathers right was a nice one and l think there is some improvement over the last drawing. And that for me is what it is all about. Just to get a little better with each piece.
So enjoy your Wednesday whatever you are doing and check out the links below to see the last hummingbird or get tips on using colored pencils. Happy drawing to you!
Haaaaappppy Friday. The weekend is nearly here, for most people anyway, mine is not, l am a day behind! Weekends run from Sunday to Tuesday here! And why not? I have exciting news, we can now sit on our patio! This may not seem like excitement to you, but after two years of living with a soil mountain taller than me, we finally moved most of it at the weekend..... and we have space! Yay! Space to put a table and chairs! We had breakfast on the patio, like civilised people. A little more of the builders yard look we have so carefully cultivated has been removed. The whole project still has a long way to go, but the end is actually coming into view.
And the end of this art project has been and gone. The kitten is finished and l have an exciting new project to share with you next. This is a very different piece for me as l chose to leave the background unworked, although the kitten has been drawn on an ice blue Stonehenge paper as there is so much white in there l thought it wouldn't show at all on white paper.
You can see a few of the colors that l used for the fur in this shot. It always amazes me how many strange colours that l end up using, and there are certain colours that seem to get into every picture - Faber Castell Caput Mortum (both shades), Caran D'Ache Supracolor Brownish Orange and Beige and Caran D'Ache Luminance Sepia 10% and 50% and violet grey. I always have several of each of these shades stocked up as l can't bear to be without them!
Below is the finished kitten and you can buy prints and gorgeous make up pouches and a fab weekender tote bag and even round beach towels from my shop now. I will put the link at the bottom of this post.
l also must not forget to remind you that l have added a guide to drawing these kitten eyes on my tips page so l will pop that link at the bottom of the page for you to. If your weekend starts tomorrow l do hope that it is a wonderful one whatever you are doing. I am off to exercise and then get back to working on my latest project so l will just wish you all lots of happy drawing!
Yes it is true! Awwwww! Just awwww! I want him. It may be the weekend but l am drawing, this gorgeous little kitten. With his big, fat, squidgy cheeks, sad little mouth and humongous eyes l just want to pick him up and snuggle him.
l had a bit of an eye craving, l get withdrawal symptoms if l don't have some big detailed eyes to draw every so often! I just love eyes. And there was so much expression in this little kitten's eyes, l just wanted to capture it. Although l am not entirely certainly that he doesn't make me feel just a teeny bit sad.
My husband says to make this realistic the background should be a shredded leather sofa with the caption, 'it couldn't possibly have been me!'. I know that is probably true, but....awwwwww!
Anyway in this photo l have nearly completed the eyes, and l actually remembered to take photos as l went and have added a cat eye step by step guide to my tips page. I have added the link at the bottom of the page.
lt really is a quick post from me today as l need to get back in the art room and work on this little beauty. I need to. Really, l do! Not sure how drawing can be quite so addictive, perhaps it is just my obsessive personality, but it is a better addiction than a lot of other things. And before l go l keep meaning to say if there are any questions you want to ask, step by steps you would like to see etc, do contact me, l am really not very scary and will always help if l can with the little l know. In the meantime have a fantastically wonderful weekend whatever you are doing....l hope there is a little drawing time in there!
Happy, happy weekend to everybody. The week has flown past and it has been full of drawing and art. I asked my daughter if she thought the dormouse picture was too cute ....hence the post title, as her answer was, "How can anything be too cute?". Well, l think that she is right! So perhaps l should stop apologising for it and just say that this was really fun to draw. I really enjoyed drawing flowers for a change and getting lots of colors out and even the mindless zen like state of working the background.
Anyone who has been following me on Instagram will know that l keep going on about Caran D'Ache Supracolor pencils, l used them a lot in this piece and l used (unusually for me) just one colour for the background which was a beautiful pale blue from the Supracolor range. I was really interested to see how this pencil worked all alone.
They are actually watercolour pencils and it was for that reason that l first bought them. To be honest when l first used them l was a bit disappointed as l didn't find that the pigment really came out strong enough, or maybe l didn't experiment for long enough. My hope had been to use them to speed up covering large areas of background, that didn't work out. My guess is that the pigment could be laid down strongly enough to use with water, but that there would be no time saving benefit to me.
The thing l was really excited about though was the beautiful color range. There are some very unusual colors, the bluish pale l used in this background for instance and orangish brown and some beautiful pale beiges and blue greys. I found that they blend really well with my Polychromos and the oms l usually use, but this is the first time l have used onlySupracolor for a large area.
lt is hard to see because of the lighting on the first shot, which makes it look blue anyway, but in the shot below l have worked the background and l was really impressed with how smoothly the color covered, those annoying white dots vanished very quickly when l blended with the oms. They are quite soft so l used nearly two thirds of a pencil to do this, but the coverage was beautiful and l think they will now be my pencil of choice for covering a large area smoothly.
Anyway l have to say l am really happy with this background even though it is just one plain color. And if my little mouse is too cute, well l like cute and mice! And my love for what l am doing has recovered after the whole owl thing! Which is really what l wanted more than anything. You can buy prints in my shop and lots of exciting new goodies now including gorgeous weekender bags and makeup bags. If you want to read more about the other pencils that l use check out my tips and techniques page. In the meantime do have a wonderful rest of the weekend and a fantastic week.