Shadowness - LilaeaBluecoat I'm a female adult beginner in the world of drawing. While I do have a background in the performing arts, I only started drawing in February of 2011. ... en "I Hate This Picture!" <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />I'm pretty nervous you guys... Here it is, my first 'creative' drawing! : This drawing took longer than anything I have done before (and I'm pretty certain I don't ever want to draw wood again for the rest of my life! So much of it! :faint:); setting this up/composing it before any pencil touched the paper took a good chunk of that time. Made a humongous boo-boo along the way that nearly had me toss the thing out (when I was about 3/4 done), but I think I managed to camouflage it enough. You'll find it though if you go searching for it. ;)- I used only one reference, for the hand, from ~Jay-B-Rich. The rest was drawn 'from life'; the thumbtacks, the crumpled paper with tape and the wood (which was referenced from my kitchen drawing table). This is one of those drawings you can keep tinkering with endlessly, trying to make it more and more realistic, but at one point you just need to call it done. I'm calling it done. ;) (Although I might at some point do the border of the 'photo' with ink or acrylics or something, because despite my best efforts, I did not manage to keep it completely clean.) This piece was obviously inspired by the work of *JD-Hillberry. If you like this drawing, you'll love his work! So be sure to pay him a visit! Materials: * Reference * Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board A3 (someone please remind me next time that when I try something new, it might be a better idea to start SMALL :facepalm:) * Graphite pencils 4H through 8B, Tombow Mono 100 & Staedtler Mars Lumograph * Every eraser you can think of and a few more * Everything that can blend and then some Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:53:09 -0400 H's Granny <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Way too much procrastinating on this one! Was a difficult picture to work with and therefore I took lots of breaks. The style is a little different from you're used to from me. Usually I go for high-contrast, as realistic as possible style, but that just wouldn't work for this one. Partially because of the not so good reference (using more contrast would run me the risk of losing the likeness), but also because the slightly softer style fits this elderly lady. In fact, the scan shows it even more contrasted in some parts than it is (the lighter spots on her skin for example are nót as prominent and much more subtle in the original). Materials: - Reference - Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 - Staedtler Mars Lumograph and Derwent graphite pencils 2H through 2B - Mechanical pencils H and B 0.3 mm - Blu-Tack, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, rubber colour shaper, electric eraser. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:53:08 -0400 Not For Wimps <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />First and foremost my thanks goes out to *kevinroberts, (and his model) who kindly permitted (and even encouraged me) to draw this gorgeous photograph of his. In case anyone wonders why I did not include the lovely, soft and gradient-like background of the photo in my drawing, that's just a little artistic liberty. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that, after putting the third layer of graphite down, I noticed I had big ol' fingerprints on there. Nothing. So. There's that. :paranoid: About the drawing: Growing up in a small town where anything that wasn't soccer or hockey wasn't considered a sport at all, I got a lot of grief about dancing. People could be down right insulting about it, actually. (So very different to my time spent in NYC, where no-one questioned the actual effort and dedication involved, since most people there were artists in one way or another themselves.) Oh how I wished I could force those people to take just one class. They'd véry quickly become aware that dance and ballet is absolutely NOT for wimps! It's what drew me to this picture: It shows stunningly well how much athleticism is involved and how strong dancers actually are (have you séén those muscles???). Materials: * Reference * A3 Winsor and Newton Bristol Board * Staedler Mars Lumograph pencils HB through 6B * Mechanical pencils 0.3mm in H and B * Dutch equivalent of Blu-Tack, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Staedler eraser, rubber colour shaper * Tortillions * Best guess: About 50 hours spent?? Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:53:07 -0400 E and X <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />I've complained about this one before, so I'll keep it to a minimum this time: This may be the hardest drawing I've done yet! Took me long enough too because of that! ;) These are the daughters of my pen-pal, who has been my pen-pal since we were 11 and 12 years old. We are now planning on finally meeting face-to-face some time soon. Materials: - reference image - Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 paper - Derwent pencils 2H through 2B - mechanical pencils H and B 0.3mm - tortillions, tissue, make-up pads - Tom Bow Mono Eraser, Dutch Blu-Tack equivalent (Pritt lijmpunten), rubber colour shaper - white gel pen for brightest highlights in eyes due to fixation stupidity Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:53:05 -0400 Inevitable <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />The title is a little less poetic than one might think. It seems everyone on here who's ever drawn anything, at least has one eye in their gallery, so me doing one was sort of... ;) This drawing based on a reference by ~Becs-Stock Materials used: - Reference - Newton & Windsor Bristol board (slightly smaller size than A5) - Derwent pencils 2H-B - Mechanical pencils 0.5 and 0.3 in H & B - Kneaded eraser, Tombow Mono Eraser, Rubber Color Shaper - Make-up pads, tissues, tortillion. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:07:50 -0400 Chocky <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />In loving memory of Chocky. For those that don't care too much about the TL;DR that will follow, I'll start with my materials. - Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 - Mechanical pencils 0.3mm H and B - Derwent pencils B and HB for the border and shadow - White gel pen for picking out highlights lost in the shadows ;) - Kneaded eraser, Tombow Mono Eraser Onward with the TL;DR!!! About the dog This ball of fur is our dog Chocky who, at the time, was in dire need of a haircut. ;) My mom used to do this herself with plain scissors and mechanical clippers in many, many sittings. She'd work on him until her back or hand hurt, or until the dog got fidgety. This resulted in him walking around in the most weird hairdo's you can imagine. ;) He didn't seem to mind. :) I could have given him a clean-shaven look for the drawing, but being halfway between being a fat looking ball of wool and being a rather skinny and athletic looking dog is só essential to him, that I kept the look. ;) He came to us when I was 7. I was in charge of naming him and had just read the book 'Chocky' by John Wyndham which I thought would make a cool name. He was supposed to be a poodle. Yeah right. His hair was wavy at best in some places and straight in most places. (Only his tail was very curly. That must have been the poodle part of him ;) ) Also the color pattern on his fur is one I've never seen on any poodle. Also, his (rather large) ears had a tendency to stand up straight. We suspect he was a Yorkie-Poo 'avant la lettre'. :P He was a great, great pet and a very healthy dog. It was a very sad time when we had to decide we would have to let him go at age 19... That was some 8 years ago, but I still see him darting through the room from the corner of my eye sometimes. About the drawing I made this drawing as a gift for my mother's upcoming 66th birthday this month. When I searched for good photo's in our albums, I discovered we were both obviously terrible photographers, since there are NO pictures suitable to draw from of the little guy! So I took a few blurry pictures, chose one to be the main reference and tried my best. In the end I used the 'pose' from the 'best' image and made him a little younger looking by accentuating the tri-colored fur he had as a youngster, while he was pretty much completely gray in the main reference. Had to dig around in my memories for precise details about eyes, nose, etc... Note that his left front paw looks crooked. It looks like that because it was. Something he was born with (but never bothered him) and made him even more unique. The scan did not pick up all the details. This certainly is one that's better in reality. In the end I'm really proud of this drawing (and that's not something you'll hear me say often). Seeing how this is my first drawing ever of a furry animal, but mostly since I managed to piece together something from difficult images and created something I'm very satisfied with! Weaker parts and mistakes aside, I don't think I could have captured him, his essence so to speak, any better than I did with this! :D Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:16:48 -0400 Hawaiian Green Turtle <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Peek-A-Boo! Drawing this fella was a bit like putting a puzzle together! Good thing I like puzzles. ;) Reference was a gorgeous photograph by Jose Cardona for National Geographic [link] I cropped some water out, because I wanted the attention to go to the turtle. Also spent less time on intricately detailing the water for that same reason. Lots of drawing was done with blending stumps in this one. Such handy little tools! - Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 (the other side of my previous failed drawing) - Derwent pencils 2H through 2B - Mechanical pencils - Kneaded eraser, Tombow Mono Eraser, pencil eraser - Lots of blending stumps - Masking tape for the border Sun, 02 Oct 2011 13:09:24 -0400 Martha Graham: Lamentation <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable." -------- Reference was a picture of Graham in her costume form the famous choreography "Lamentation", as photographed by Barbara Morgan. -------- The scan actually looks better than the drawing itself. Go figure. :roll: Since this was done on A5 size, the face was only about 1.4 inches/3.5 cm. I know some of my dA friends like doing miniatures. I can now say with absolute certainty that will never become a hobby of mine! Easy as this drawing might seem, I had a hard time. At some point the paper started behaving as if it were damaged (leaving little dark blotches of graphite that could not be removed) and I became pretty angry and frustrated. Needless to say I'm not very happy with the end result. Used: - Reference - Winsor & Newton Extrs Smooth Bristol A5 - Graphite pencils 4H through 2B - Mechanical pencils - Pencil eraser, Tom Bow Mono Eraser, kneaded eraser - Tissue, blending stumps, make-up pads, chamois Sun, 02 Oct 2011 13:09:23 -0400 Gwen Stefani: Fierce <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />A4 drawing. Quite content with the result. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:06:33 -0400 Alan Rickman <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Had trouble with this paper. Happy I made this only in A5. Not too shabby a result considering. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:06:32 -0400