Monday, February 19, 2007

Fruity shadows

I wasn't really fond of this at first -- too round -- but the apple has, well, grown on me.

Oh, and the shadows in the lower corners were not drawn...I really need a new camera.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Kimberly, almost finished

is still a work in progress (aren't we all?), but my portrait of her is almost done...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Kimmy, also a work in progress

I'm pretty sure the dog she's holding will give me fits. He is jet black.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Baby Face

HOURS on this and it's still not right.
I lost a 1/2 day yesterday, but oh it was fun.
Snuggled in my blanket, erasing over and over and over again.

A sketch of one of the willowtree angels.

Wet Canvas & $5 off at

I stumbled across an interesting resource just now: Wet Canvas!

Lots of "channels" with advice and inspiration for tons of different art disciplines and media...and nearly 100,000 members from whom to learn. Membership is free -- and gives you a $5-off coupon at Dick Blick Art Materials.

Amazing what I can find when I really should be working.

Go see!

Friday, February 2, 2007

Teacup and eggs

I got up the nerve to mess with a little color. The paper's white, but I took the photo in incandescent light, which my dying camera reads as even more yellow than you see here (oh, and love the little shadow in the upper right corner on all my photos...)

Here are my eggs.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

But couldn't I just stand on my head?

In my voracious (and distracting-from-work) reading about all things sketchy and brushy lately, I caught what sounds like a cool hint:

Draw something upside down.

No, don't flip over, pencil in hand.

Turn a photo or drawing you want to sketch upside down, and draw what you see. The idea is that you will see the forms that are really there -- the way you used to see as a child, before logic muddied things up. It's drawing without assuming the forms add up to anything you've learned to recognize.

I think I will try this this weekend.