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Martinez (Landscape Drawing)

Martinez (Landscape Drawing)

I felt like getting back to drawing on paper recently. This is a quick sketch study of Martinez, CA, from the view of a nearby park. Minimal and simple, but still visually interesting, I think. I used a small, black Micron pen.

Martinez - Landscape Drawing

Martinez, CA9.5″ x 6, ink on paper.

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Making a Sketch into Digital Work – Aubrey

Making a Sketch into Digital Work – Aubrey

I am revisiting some of my earliest portrait sketches this week. Aubrey, drawn in June 2015, is what I began working on today. It was a short drawing session, but I can already tell that it was helping me edit the sketchy-sketchy lines in the original drawing. I like seeing her in block-style black-and-white contrast. I tend to really enjoy line drawings with just a touch of watercolor effect, and that is what I’ll be doing the rest of week! Enjoy her second rebirth as a digital artwork!

 

Aubrey’s first set of definitive digital lines.
Aubrey - Line Work Beginning

Aubrey’s second set of lines, showing the underdrawing.

Aubrey - Lines, Digital, 2

Aubrey, solid digital lines with underdrawing removed.

Aubrey - Solid Digital Lines

 

 

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Scrapbook Flower Design – Digital

Scrapbook Flower Design – Digital

Feeling a bit whimsical today, and missing a friend, I decided to make a small illustration featuring some hand-drawn, simple line art flowers. Sketchbook Pro has a great pattern and line-mirroring ability which I had yet to play with. The result is this image, based on my original idea of mimicking scrapbook paper.

Here is the image with original black and white flowers.

Scrapbook Flowers - Black and White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the image with color added!

Scrapbook Flowers - Colored

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Autumnal Pinecone (photograph)

Autumnal Pinecone (photograph)

autumnal-pinecone-color
The original image of the picturesque pinecone, in color.

 

autumnal-pinecone-blk-and-white
The same photo in black and white; to emphasize lines of the spiral and contours.

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

Digital photograph. As I was walking to check the mail, this beautiful pinecone was alongside the walkway. I rushed into the house and grabbed my camera. It’s possibly the most beautiful, most perfectly-shaped pinecone I’ve ever seen. I have been noticing the contours of shapes more lately — the negative space of leaves in trees, the horizon line, and swoops of bridges, and rocks, and large oak clusters that break up the skyline in the countryside of California. I have become charmed and enlivened by the drastic change of shapes I’m familiar with, outside the windows of my home, as Fall has arrived. Leaves falling from the trees have gently, yet drastically, have altered the entire line structure of the landscape.

Orchids (black-and-white digital sketch)

Orchids (black-and-white digital sketch)

After spending the last two weeks getting my Fujitsu Lifebook outfitted with new drivers, hard drives, and lots of exciting new drawing applications, I dived into my first real attempt at digital artwork.

orchid-digital-blkandwhite

 


ABOUT THIS PICTURE

Digital print. This orchid was drawn from a quick reference photograph I found online. I spent about twenty minutes on it. Using the free version of Sketchbook, I made a quick outline layer of the petals, and then made a second layer filling in the details of the center of the flowers. Next, I added the dotted print. I am excited to work with this image more. The reference photo this was taken from has white petals with decorative blots of dark purple. In the coming days when I experiment, I will post as close to the original reference coloring as I can achieve.

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Tree at Point St. George (photograph)

Tree at Point St. George (photograph)

Tree-at-Point-St.-George
Tree at Point St. George, Northern California, October 2014

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

This is a digital picture taken on my Canon Rebel T2i, at 35mm focal length. I liked the wraparound form of the tree and how it led the eye from the upper left, down into a clockwise spiral, ending toward the center and ascending back to the top. As I began learning more about drawing, my perceptions and awareness sharpened. Trees became not just pretty trees, but geometrically alive, with positive and negative space, shading and gradients, texture, and unique placements. As I further studied art and photography, I learned composition is more than half of what makes a successful image, whether it be a photograph, drawing, painting, or any other work of art.

 

Jagged Cliff (ink drawing)

Jagged Cliff (ink drawing)

It was my opportunity and pleasure to spend more drawing time near the ocean. Yay! It really is the most soothing thing ever, sitting in the sun, bring directly in front of the subject matter, all while being able to take in other sensory details to enhance the drawing. How does it feel to be next to the grand Pacific Ocean? Even though my feelings are not fully articulated in my language brain, the senses do aid in “telling the story” of the drawing.

jagged-sea-cliffs

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

Ink on paper, 9.5″ x 6″. This is basically a twenty minute study. I’m finding that tracing the horizon with my eyes and “drawing over” the ridges of the cliffs was a great exercise for looking, perceiving accurately, and capturing the natural movement of the shapes. This picture was made on the rocky Northern California coast.

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