Working the background

water-soluble crayon and colored pencil

water-soluble crayon and colored pencil

Doing these little detail drawings is a lot of fun. I am working on incorporating some movement and activity in the background. This background was inspired by the pattern on the topside of a scallop shell that I picked up a long with this broken shell. The broken shell reminded me of Georgia O’Keefe shell paintings, so I thought I would try to do one with that as inspiration.

I like the texture and movement in the background, I am going to work on these combinations for a few more pieces. I need to work on doing a better job of creating a motion feeling…but it’s starting.

This was drawn in my moleskin sketchbook.

The Kitchen

Micron blue pen and opaque watercolor

Micron blue pen and opaque watercolor

So, I ditched the shells on the counter idea. I did a quick sketch with a pineapple on the counter–which I liked, but all the proportions were off. The shells just didn’t look right on the counter, so off they went. In the end, I decided to block in the color first, so I put on a wash of a medium blue for the stove, a yellow for the counter and light green for the wall. This made me feel better. I started in with the stove and worked out from that. The pineapple was next to the toaster, but by the time I got over there, I couldn’t squeeze it in!

I have to admit this was somewhat painful for me. I did a lot of complaining while I was drawing. I looked at the clock a lot! I put in 3 hours, I was happy when I finished with this. It’s good to tackle difficult things, I appreciate the assignment. I loved, loved, loved Tommy Kane’s class. The ideas I will take away are:

  • Go ahead and “steal” from your favorite artists
  • Slow down and spend more time with your work
  • It’s okay and often preferable to make mistakes and keep going (often times no one else will know)
  • Finish what you started

Great way to end this semester. I have to say I am so sad that it’s over though. Looking forward to the next semester starting in January.

Going slow.

shell study: graphite

shell study: graphite

This week in #sketchbookskool is all about slowing down. It’s a really good way to end the class, Tommy Kane has been really enjoyable to learn from. I am not too keen on this homework assignment, but I get it. He wants us to take 3 to 6 hours to do a drawing, and the subject matter is “your kitchen”! Yikes. Again, I get it, he wants you to overcome that fear and challenge yourself to capture all those overwhelming details. I am working on figuring out how I can enjoy this, I think I am going to put some shells on the counter so that I have something I love to draw in the drawing. At the same time, I am going to work on a long detailed drawing of shells trying to incorporate the style of Georgia O’Keefe and Van Gogh. This should keep me pretty occupied.

Sketch above was a warm up for this assignment. A much more lengthy and detailed sketch…about 30 or 40 minutes, longer than I usually take. I did enjoy slowing down and really paying attention to all the variations in the shadow and in the shell.