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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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Day 9 – Keira, portrait (digital)

Day 9 – Keira, portrait (digital)

Day 9 - Sketch Portrait

This was a short sketch study, once again done digitally. Even though she isn’t elaborate, and she has no hair in this version, I’m pleased. The studies are going faster and more intuitively. Plus, as a bonus, after a week of small works, I get the pleasure of seeing a positive progression!

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Elise (graphite portrait)

Elise (graphite portrait)

Elise - graphite portrait
Elise, a graphite portrait. (Click to enlarge).

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

9″ x 11″, graphite portrait. Another short portrait study. What drew me to this picture was the profile view, and the wispy pieces of hair going away from her face. Using a stick eraser, I removed graphite (pencil) dark-shaded areas to create light strands of hair near the top of her hairline. I found the simple earring to be the most eye-catching and appealing thing about this picture. In that way, this study has a simple “Girl with a Pearl Earring” charm.

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Granite Rocks (ink drawing)

Granite Rocks (ink drawing)

The beach is only about two miles away from my home, so you’ll be seeing lots of ocean-themed art by me. Here is some more line art. I really like the accessibility of this type of art — I just pick up my pens and go for it. No paint, prep work, or organizing. This is a good way to “keep it loose” and I’ve been enjoying it. I would definitely recommend it if you are having a creativity block, or need some space from a larger project.

granite-rocks-pen-drawing

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

9.5″ x 6″, ink on paper. The rocks in real life that I drew from are dark black with playful streaks of granite. A very interesting shapeset to work with. The lines started as a way to draw in the planes of the rocks, but as the drawing progressed I lengthened them and they became a feature of their own. Also, I really love any excuse I can think of to use my fat, size 2 Micron.

 

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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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