Unlocking Home – An abstract square

The last exercise in my “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” workbook was to enlarge a small window on an everyday object into a four inch square. This was supposed to introduce us to abstract art by “abstracting” the qualities of a natural or man-made subject and help us get in touch with gestalt perception.

Take a good look at this drawing before I tell you more about my subject. 🙂 Continue reading

Loving Lambeth (Featuring a guest artist!)

Hey! I’ve got a special treat for you today. My guest artist is Cerulean Blue, somebody who I’ve shared many drawing adventures with, going back to the exercises from the Betty Edwards book. We both wanted to draw her little toy lamb, much beloved and very loving.

First, here’s my version. I like what I did with shadow and the pointillism technique for Lambeth’s wool.

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A figure in brown crayon

One more Betty Edwards exercise tonight. This one was copying somebody else’s picture again, an Alphonse Legros. The assignment was to work with cross-hatching with a reddish-brown crayon.

It was a little tricky figuring out how to do shading with the crayon, as it was so dark and even trying to draw a thin line with it wasn’t always easy. But I like the effect of the overall proportions and the one spot where I kinduv smudged the crayon. Continue reading

The Fallsview Skyline, Niagara

Hello, friends and followers! Another attempt at a travel lanscape today, from a trip to Niagara Falls a few years back. I don’t seem to have a reference photograph, but I know that I know that I was drawing from fairly close to the falls, looking up towards the Niagara Fallsview Casino and the Skylon tower. Continue reading

Preston, the bear I gave away

Preston was a Christmas gift I sent to a friend, who was then kind enough to have him pose for a photograph so that I could draw him.

I think Preston’s shades of blue and green fur were hard to capture with the shades of pencil crayon I had, but I do like the way the fur effect and the shading comes together to create a shocking effect! Continue reading

The Rose Quartz Cat (Maybe?)

I’m not sure if this little cat figurine is actually any kind of quartz at all. Like Clip the Rockin’ Unicorn, I got her from my mom at Thanksgiving 2015, when she was giving away a lot of things to declutter her place.

I did this sketch just lightly with graphite pencils, and I like the way I was able to capture the unusual shapes and add some nice shadows. Continue reading