Learning to Draw # 3 Shadows and Light

When we visited Lovely Eldest I found a short bit of downtime to sketch. Being me I only wanted to sketch natural things and all that was on offer was an apple and an aloe vera  plant. I took the wimps option…

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I hate drawing apples and it shows…

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However Eldest is a rather talented young lady, so I showed her my sketch and asked for help. In five minutes she drew a far more convincing apple than I could in 30 and basically pointed out that I wasn’t putting enough effort into my shading.

Next day I sketched the play aeroplane at the airport on our way home attempting to put more effort into my shading…

When we returned home, I found a dear friend, who is a very talented portrait artist, had made a suggestion about working on my shading in the comments on my blog post.  The universe was clearly pushing me to work on my shading, so the next day I drew the tree stump I’d drawn the first day I started drawing and focused on shading…

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I knew there was still a long way to go, but was pleased with the improvement I’d made in four weeks…

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Next day I found a YouTube tutorial that explained the light/shadows really clearly and used it to help me draw a much better apple – all be it an imaginary one…

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Next I drew my strawberry planter…

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The next day was busy, so I worked on squeezing quick sketches in when I had 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day…

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Next day I shaded the trees in a sketch I’d half draw ten days earlier…

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And finally I worked on a jug last Sunday.

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I’m now learning about perspective, while, of course continuing to work on my shading.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

Sunday Sevens – a Rocky Week

Rather than bore you with yet another week’s worth of wet damp pictures, I thought I’d share seven (or so) photos of sketching. I’m a little behind on blogging about it, so I’m starting from when I’d just drawn a fuchsia I was pretty  pleased with.

Several people have said to me draw what you love/what you want to draw.  This has led to me returning from dog walks like a five year old boy with pockets full of forest treasure. The first forest find I decided to draw was a sycamore leaf that had managed to find a dry ledge amid all the rain…

Reasonably happy with this, the next day I tried to draw a feather…

Unimpressed with my effort I consoled myself by immediately drawing some imaginary rocks…

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I was happier with these, but drawing from imagination was not improving my skill of observing and drawing what I saw. So next day I decided to copy a photo of a Dartmoor wall.

Having taken quite some time to draw all the stones, I began to shade them and realised it was going to take me all day to finish. I’ve therefore been shading one or two a day since. It’s very soothing, but I may be a while finishing.

Next day I drew another of my forest finds…

This was hard. Sooooo much detail!

After that I allowed myself to get a bit distracted by trees – more about that another day – but a couple of days later, feeling rather tired, I decided to draw the biggest rock I’ve ever seen, thinking it was pretty easy as it was only a circle and a bit of shading…

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Wrong!

In my mind’s eye a full moon was a silvery circle with a couple of smudges top right and a fuzzier big smudge to the left. Once I paid proper attention I realise there was far more detail than I thought. So I had a quick google to find out what all those smudges and blotches on the moon are…

20191010_181914Knowing what, area is which ocean etc made it much easier to draw. (It might also come on handy for pub quizzes.)

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A couple of days later I had another go…

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After that I gave rocks a rest. Although I’ll keep shading my wall and plan to have another go at sketching the moon and more forest rocks in a while.

And finally, if anyone local can recommend a good drawing course/workshop(s) I’d be very grateful. If you live very local, I have considered the art group in the village and will have an enquire there as everyone has been complimentary about the tutor, but some say I might be better off elsewhere for sketching – so wondering if anyone has any other suggestions. After all, I don’t just have to stick to one group.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Learning to Draw # 2 – Fuchsias

Yesterday’s post was about my first foray into learning to draw, which happened on Wednesday last week. One of the rules I planted firmly in my mind as I started was Draw every day.

Of course life isn’t very good at opening up an hour or so each day to sketch. The next day was going to be full on, so the only chance I had to sketch was when I first got up. As I walked Harry around the garden in my PJs contemplating what to draw, my eye fell on  our fuchsia bushes…

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They’re a bit scratty and skinny this time of year, but the flowers are still perfect

I was fascinated as a child by these beautiful flowers, that looked to me like fairy lanterns. Knowing I needed to get going, I grabbed a stalk and had a go at sketching one of the flowers. It was just getting light and I only had an HB pencil – so not ideal…

Friday morning was worse. It was again the only time I had, but this time it was earlier and still dark. I had to shine my phone torch on the flower to see much at all – the lights in our kitchen/dinner are very very dim.

However the good thing about Friday was that I went to Craft for Crafters and bought a lovely box of sketching pencils…

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Saturday was pretty much the same tale as Thursday and Friday; no time and too dark, but at least I had my new pencils…

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We headed off to see Lovely Littlest on  Sunday and Monday and, although I took my small sketching book, there wasn’t a single gap to sketch in – but, of course, daughters do come first.

To my dismay, the time I’d put aside on Tuesday was taken up by an unexpected visitor. Finally on Wednesday I had an afternoon gap. I took my time, used my new pencils and sketched to my hearts content…

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Hopefully more daylight time in the coming week to draw, but quite pleased with my progress so far.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

 

Learning to Draw #1

When I was at school art lessons consisted of being given an object to draw then being expected to draw it with no instruction how to do it. Needles to say, if you didn’t know how to draw or have a natural aptitude, you learned nothing.

Although I’ve often thought how lovely it would be to be able to draw, I’ve never needed to be able to draw and spent most of my life thinking ‘I can’t draw’ – yes, I know that’s a negative belief that stops me learning to draw. However this year I’ve really enjoyed quilting….

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I wanted to do more ‘drawing on fabric’, but apart from a bit more quilting…

 

… and scribbling on cards…

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…what more can you do if you don’t know how to draw?

So last week. armed with an HB pencil and a sketch pad,  I headed for YouTube. First I watched Connie Gordon’s how to draw a landscape method, because serendipitously an old book had fallen open at a page about this technique when I was clutter clearing couple of day before. Here’s the landscape I drew…

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I then watched various how to draw videos. I learned how to draw a ball…

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… then applied the principles I’d learned to draw a picture of the tree stump in my garden…

Since my ultimate aim was to be able to draw pictures with my sewing machine, I had a go at drawing a landscape in thread…

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I also wrote my name freehand to help improve my  dexterity with the sewing machine- unfortunately concentrating so hard was too much for my dyslexic brain and I forgot how to spell my name..

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Quite pleased with my first foray into drawing.

Until next time,

Bekki x

PS Any hints tips or recommendations appreciated.