Primarily I'm a painter and printmaker - but I want to improve my drawing skills. This is my sketch blog - where I document my drawing practice. I'm working through Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim, as well as other drawing books.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
First Attempts - "after"
I'm more than halfway through the book now - so I decided it was high-time I start to do some drawings. Just from reading the book I feel like I'm already doing much better - though I still have much room for improvement.
This is the tree and bush in my front yard. Here I created a value sketch first (on the left, squeezed in on the page of very bad slide drawings from the playground) From there I did the drawing on the right. The approach of drawing a box on the page instead of trying to fill the page I got from the author - I love it. Mostly because, especially in this 5x7 sketchbook, I can never seem to fit my drawing in - so even though I keep overshooting the box - I've still got room to grow. Also leaves room for notes. I used 3 different pencils here - HB, 2H and 6B.
I did this one today at the Nelson-Atkins sculpture garden. Just a cheap #2 pencil from the bottom of the diaper bag - but I'm much happier already. I feel like I got a fairly interesting composition, and my lights and darks are well balanced. Those leaves look kinda ginko-y to me even. But once I've got the hang of this nature drawing stuff I'll have to start working on my architectural drawing. The building in the background looks like crap. :) Straight lines. Why do they have to be so hard?!