Learning to Draw 2019 – 3 months in

It’s been three months since I decided to learn to draw in order to be able to do more with free motion embroidery. As many of you spotted, once I started learning to draw the embroidery got rather left to the side. I haven’t forgotten it, but for now I’m happy to work on learning about and improving my drawing and, as it’s the close of the year, I’ve had a look back at  my progress.

I started by simply working on drawing what I saw rather than what I thought I saw. I drew this Fuschia in the first couple of weeks and it’s still one of my favourites.

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Next I focused on light and shadow. At this stage I was drawing a lot of leaves.

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Next I learned about vanishing points and one point and two point perspective. Although I recognised their importance I found working on it rather tedious, this showed when I looked back; I’d finished almost none of the pictures I’d started. 20191118_12205800

Moving on I had a short flirtation with faces…

Then I worked on drawing people; getting proportions right in different posses…

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I also intermittently worked on various texture exercises, attempting to draw better trees, rocks etc

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It’s been 96 days since I started learning to draw and I set myself the goal of sketching every day. I didn’t draw on about a week’s worth of days before Christmas and I took a week off over Christmas – all occasions were because I chose to put family first, which IMO is getting my priorities right. In that 96 days I’ve drawn 101 sketches or groups of sketches, which averages at more than 1 a day – so very happy with that.

Until next year!

Bekki x

Learning to Draw – My Go To Project

As I’m sure you know, I like to draw in natural light, but with the shorting days of winter I’ve been struggling more and more to do so. The other morning I woke up half hour early – while it was still dark – and wanted to get half an hour’s sketching in before I had to get on with the day.  I’ve been thinking for a while that I ought to try the standard art class exercise of drawing the corner of a room.

Thinking this was something that the quality of light wouldn’t mater so much for, I decided to make a start on drawing one of the corners of our kitchen dinner.

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Obviously this photo wasn’t taken that first morning. And, no, I’m not going to draw all that junk on the table.

I quickly realised this sketch was going to take quite some time, but that was fine, because the walls, windows, curtains and table weren’t going to get moved in between. It was something I could pick up when I had some time to draw, but it didn’t matter what the light was like until I wanted to work on the shading.

This is how far I’ve got having spent a couple more half hours on it…

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So nice to have a go to project I’m happy about drawing in dimmer light and don’t feel any pressure to finish in any particular time frame.

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