More Drawing Practice

Practice definitely does make better. Remember the charcoal drawings I did? Well, the same day I was getting the charcoal paper and drawing board I picked up a pack of Conté crayons. Slightly more compressed than the charcoal sticks, I think. Not really sure what the difference is other than they are slightly smaller.

Anywho, I had really liked the conté drawings in my art class, and decided to give it a go with a picture off my phone:

N conte portrait

Still slightly wonky, but recognizable as a person at least. Cute, right?

Back To The Drawing Board

As in, I got myself a new drawing board. But perhaps I should back up to what lead me to get one in the first place.

Sometimes I go to the art store looking for something in particular. Most of the time I find it. Usually I waste a bit of time by wandering through every single aisle. Occasionally I pick up something that is totally not on my list. One particular day that happened to be some charcoal sticks. I hadn’t drawn with charcoal since my grade 9 art classes, so I grabbed a pack each of black and white.

Those sticks sat around a few weeks in a bag on my desk, waiting for a project. I finally took some time to sit down with them, a pastel paper pad, and a CD cover I’m not going to name because it came out way wrong. This is what came of that:

Charcoal portrait 1

Pastel textured paper seems a bit too texturized for the charcoal. So I went back and picked up a small pad of actual charcoal paper which worked much better. I also picked up a drawing board so i can angle the paper and not have to worry about it bending. I’ve never been very good at drawing flat. Just look at the original picture for proof. Using a different picture in the album cover, I redeemed myself slightly with this picture:

Charcoal portrait 2

I think I need a wee bit more practice. Bonus points to anyone who can figure out who these terrible portraits are supposed to be.

Illustration Friday: Shiny

“Shiny Pebbles”, pastels on paper.

The first thing that popped into my head with the prompt of “Shiny” was a necklace. I like the effect of balancing the shiny necklace with the shine on the lips. The title comes from one of my favorite shows ever:

“I ask for rich guys stuff and you give me shiny pebbles?” – Dr. John Zoidberg, Futurama (“Three Hundred Big Boys”)

What does the word “shiny” bring to your mind?

Illustration Friday: Heights

Together We’ll Reach the Stars, colored pencil on ATC

When I first saw the prompt of “heights,” I thought of tall buildings. Somehow, this led to someone reaching for a star at the top of a building. We could always use a little help, so it became two working together.