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Gesture Portraits 31-33

Struggled to get into it today and it shows. My hands were going numb, so that certainly didn’t help. The eye measurements did seem to be more accurate today, even though some other measurements suffered.

A difficult orientation, but I struggled with it more than usual. All the elements are basically aligned. Not happy with the heaviness of the line misrepresenting the facial border, or the heavy hairline.

 

The head got wonky in this drawing. A difficult angle, and not a great source photo — I have to to remember to keep the source photo as pure as possible. This one was elf-like, and I didn’t accurately cope with that.

 

The drawing actually came together a little bit. Eyes still need some work, but they are making progress overall. Lips and nose are reasonable.

Poem and Picture A Day: Day 1

My new challenge up until the beginning of the new year is to draw a small drawing, and write a small poem a day. There will be no quality-judgment on my part, just producing and seeing what I can come up with in tiny, 30-minute maximum work segments.

Day One: Female Portrait and Dream Poem

Bloom & Encase: Art Therapy

I know I’ve been away from art for months now. I can’t seem to get my mind back to a sitting still place. Even though, I have been doing a lot of sitting still—just a restless, unproductive kind. I have been experiencing a lot of emotional stress, and some weird physical symptoms. A lot of heaviness has been on my mind, and physically, I am feeling the toll of that in a new and unique variety of ways. My dissociative tendencies have gotten healthier and more manageable but I have a lot of internal work to do.

I am hoping that with deep breathing, mindfulness, and getting back to art via art therapy might just be the thing I need right now. Once again, I am back to building up my confidence by doing a small thing, which will hopefully lead to momentum. I smiled when I doodled these images on my phone—a positive sign that I’m in need of this expression.

 

 

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Nearly Flying – Graphite Drawing

Nearly Flying – Graphite Drawing

Nearly Flying - Graphite

I took a recent trip to a Daiso store and got some lovely little mechanical pencils. I felt like making a figure portrait with a butterfly in it. The pencils worked out extremely well–one is an HB and the other is a 2B. The shading on the face was particularly rewarding and simple with the softer of the two pencils. I also used some graphite pencils from Ashleigh-Nicole that are very smooth and feel great. This turned out so well that I have a lot of confidence about making more portraits with insects and other animals featured in the future.

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Sailboat in Marina (drawing)

Sailboat in Marina (drawing)

An ink drawing of an approximation of my sailboat at the opening of our marina. This started as a landscape, but I decided to include the boat. The perspective is off in places, but I like the composition. Not a bad drawing for not sketching first and making up the scene mostly from memory.

Boat in Marina - Drawing

 

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Quarry (Ink Drawing)

Quarry (Ink Drawing)

This drawing is based on a picture I took. I visited a local quarry. It was so pretty! I was enchanted with the light and dark of the landscape, and the planes of the rocks. This is a study sketch that I felt came out really well. (To view at a higher resolution, click here.)

Quarry - Ink Drawing

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Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Did a small, little unfinished figure drawing today. I enjoyed making lots of lines and just letting my brain come up with whatever it felt like. I used a reference photo for a girl in a wrap as a very loose concept. The colors in the wrap and various other squiggly lines that I seem to be obsessed with lately are my brain child. This is very rough, but was relaxing and fun. I’m not super happy with the upper portion of her — her head — but as for her neck and shoulders, and the rest of her physique, I am very pleased with those lines. I may come back to this and add in her facial features, or just leave this as a exercise. Everything doesn’t have to be a polished, finished product.

 


 

The full image. You can see her full figure. I especially like the wrap colors!

Wrap Girl - Full Image

 

The same image, but zoomed in and focused on her bust, and the wrap. 

Wrap Girl - Zoomed

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Meet “Autumn” (digital drawing)

Meet “Autumn” (digital drawing)

A quick drawing of the day, which I really enjoyed doing. I felt like working on a portrait but also felt like working on something that felt like Autumn. All those lovely Fall colors and I wanted to feature them. I decided to include all of those elements in one drawing. I like this theme so well, I’m going to continue making various flavors of “Autumn” and even begin working on the other seasons of the year. Winter! Spring! Summer!

Autumn - Uncolored Hair

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Petals & Hair, sketch (digital)

Petals & Hair, sketch (digital)

Just getting warmed up again with drawing.
I liked this seashell shape and thought,
Why not play with it?

I am changing my idea of drawing, attempting to open up and keep it free-association and loose, like a I do while I’m writing poetry. This is an example of that playfulness.

 

Freehand - Petals and Hair, Colored Freehand - Petals and Hair

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Daily Portraits – 24 & 25 (digital)

Daily Portraits – 24 & 25 (digital)

 Hi, all you lovely people. ♥ I am nearing the conclusion of the first month of portrait drawing.

I haven’t drawn every day as I set out to do, travel and boat repairs interrupted some of my work flow. I also had days when there were no other circumstances to blame but myself. But, this is an exercise in improvement and strengthening of skill, not perfection.

Working on these sketches has really boosted my self-esteem, given me a task to look forward to every day (whether I carry it out or not), and increased my comfort level with both digital and traditional portrait methods.

My goal is to continue drawing until Day 100.
And just like the 100th Day of School we celebrated as a kid, I’m gonna have a party!

Here are days 24 and 25!


Day 24 – “Laura”

Day 24 - Daily Sketch, Laura

Digital art portrait. I really worked to keep this minimal. I did spend some time on her eyes with a bit of some honey-brown coloring. Playing with air brushes and the blending brushes was a delight. I’m becoming accustomed to working with digital tools — to show traditional-looking lines digitally. I enjoyed using the charcoal to make the illusion of her dark, flowing hair, and the straight-on intensity of the model made focusing on the eye color all the more alluring.


Day 25 – “Nasha”

Daily Sketch - Day 25, Nasha

 

 


Daily Sketches - Day 25, Nasha - eyes

 

Digital art portrait. A simple line drawing using an online reference. I wanted to see how much personality I could get out of black-and-white and lines. There is even some thicker lines in the eyes and around the nostrils, which make her features more sensual. Upon completion, this picture felt pop culture in style, and I felt could even serve as a panel in a comic book. Using an F grade of digital graphite and the HB graphite was a lot of fun. I learned a lot of unexpected versatility (stylistically and digital-tool-wise) keeping this simple.

Onto more work in the coming days, pushing into August!

Thanks for reading, and take care of your sweet selves, ♥
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Daily Sketches – 21, 22, and 23

Daily Sketches – 21, 22, and 23

Day 22 – Denim Girl

Day 22 - Portrait, Female - Denim Girl1

Digital artwork. Based on an online reference photo. I wanted to include more of the figure in the portrait drawing again. I liked the white and dark, and the clean lines. It’s interesting to note how much texture can be achieved even without lots of gradient areas.

Day 23 – Darcy

Day 23 - Portrait

Digital artwork. I felt like coloring today. The black lines being visible with the hair but with color underneath (very watercolor-like effect) is something I really love. The white area on her lower lip also adds a painterly look.

 

Day 24 – Jill

Day 24 - Portrait, Jill

Digital artwork. I kept this exercise graphite focused. Just a touch of some gradients really add a lot of life to a simple line drawing. The darkness of her hair adds a lot of weight and depth. I feel as if using an off-white background is sort of like cheating – making her look more ‘warm’ than she actually is – but I like the effect it has.

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I am about a month into doing these exercises, and my comfort level with digital work has increased tremendously. I feel less as if I am fighting with tools, as if they exist to help me accomplish what I want them do. I feel as balanced with traditional drawing methods as I do with digital, particularly regarding simple line portraits – and that is a Really Good Feeling. The barrier to starting a drawing has also lessened – it feels more like play – exactly the emotional association I was hoping to cultivate.

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Day 19 & 20 – Digital Sketch Portraits

Day 19 & 20 – Digital Sketch Portraits

Day 19

Day 19 - digital, female, redhair1

Digital artwork. I added some color for fun. I’ve been experimenting more with digital art, and I’m really enjoying it. I feel as if I am getting more familiar with the tools. I am thoroughly having fun with the newly-offered brushes by Sketchbook Pro, the software I use to make art.

Day 20

Day 20 - figure portrait, long hair - Ondine

Digital artwork. I felt like including more of a figure in a portrait, and found a reference photo for this online. I’m pleased with the simplicity, and feel as if I really accomplished the flow of the hair. This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve done — sweet and simple line drawing, with enough detail (particularly in the lips) to be particularly interesting.

 

 

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Daily Sketches – 12 & 13

Daily Sketches – 12 & 13

Day 12

Day 12 - Portrait Sketch

Spacing of features is still an issue for me, but the ability to get to this point with a sketch in a shorter amount of time is greatly encouraging. This took me about 15 minutes, as opposed to the near-hour this level of development was taking me only a week ago. Impressive results.

Day 13

Day 13 - Portrait Sketch

This day feels like a backslide to me. I spent as much time working on this image as I did the day before, but didn’t get as refined a result. I struggled with the facial view — straight-on, in the image the day before, was much simpler. I keep learning more and more that the less I build up first, the better the drawing goes. Starting with a less-dark graphite, such as an H-grade or less, is giving me a more polished look. Part of getting back into the swing of portrait drawing, with traditional tools and digital ones, is reintroduction to the tools. I want to increase my familiarity with them. To be able to, without thinking much, reach for and get the performance I have in mind, without having to correct. That will just take time and more practice.

Onward to Day 14, the two-week mark!

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Days 10 & 11 – Sketch Portraits

Days 10 & 11 – Sketch Portraits

Day 10

Day 10 - Portrait, Red

Digital portrait, drawn in Sketchbook Pro. I played with some color. Using synthetic paint, and seeing how much I could teach myself about color work, I experimented. I am pleased with the lips and the sheen of white — I know it’s not brilliantly executed, but being able to use color and incorporate it into daily sketching is a lot of fun — and a good learning, stress-free time.

Day 11

Day 11 - Sketch Portrait

Graphite on paper. I drew this by hand because I didn’t want to venture too far away from traditional practice. I’d ideally like to be able to sketch every other practice drawing using a different method. I used 2B graphite and put down the initial lines using H. Still struggling with lips, but feel happy with the nose and the structure of the eyes. Starting light, and working to heavier gradients and strokes is definitely the way to work — my brain and hands are beginning to remember the flow. I can almost feel the features as I’m drawing them — a very good intuitive sign I wish to cultivate more.

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