Another quick portrait. You know, I think it's time that I started taking more time over these. Check measurements, aim for a likeness, that kind of thing.
They're fun, though
This is a truly inspiring book – even though it’s the kind of book that makes you want to throw your pencils away in self disgust. Or is that just me?
It explains chiaroscuro (GREAT word), value, form, shadow – and how to represent these on coloured paper with a dark and a light pastel pencil. It feels so different from starting on white paper and laying all tonal values down with graphite, and it does make you stop and think a bit.
I haven’t been able to get hold of the pastel pencil the author recommends, and I’m finding my white a bit hard to blend. Whether it should be, or whether it’s my particular make of pencil, I’m not sure. And I’m still finding the proportions of the face REALLY hard to get right. How long before this comes naturally?
Anyway, here’s my first attempt
I’m so pleased to be able to share this at last. I drew this a couple of weeks ago as a gift for a friend who is getting married very soon. I was unable to go to the hen party but I was able to contribute to the keepsake book.
Because it was a secret for the bride-to-be, I haven’t be able to share it on here. But the time has now come for me to be able to post it.
It’s very loosely based on zentangle (www.zentangle.com) but as ever with my own twist.
I was really happy with the way this one turned out. What do you think?
A rather familiar scene, but in a different style. I’m so pressed for time at the moment that I’m finding black and white ‘doodling’ style – in pen and soft pencil on heavyweight cartridge – to be really convenient as I can take it with me and work on it in so many more places than, say, paint. Or even coloured pencils.
I really like the style of these. I find the contrast of the hard pen and the soft pencil, combined with the richness of the doodled textures, really appealing.
I think this would make a great wedding card or even an invitation for a less formal wedding. I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.