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Yellow bell pepper

paprika

This is a drawing i finished some time back, while I was visiting my parents for Easter actually. But I somehow forgot to take a decent picture of it. So it had to wait until now, when I’m once again back in my home town to spend some of the summer with my family.

It´s done in colored pencil, a mix of several different brands. I had just gotten a new pencil case, one of those where every pencil goes through an elastic hoop and you then roll the whole thing up. A lot of time were spent picking just the right pencils for my travel kit, to make sure I had a good selection of colors. I also tried to avoid the shortest pencils, just to make sure they wouldn’t become unusable while I was away from home.

I started this drawing because I wanted to practice drawing yellow objects. In my somewhat humble opinion, it´s one of the hardest colors to work with, especially when working with dry mediums. Mostly since you can´t get a really dark yellow, instead you will most of the time get some shade of orange. So my biggest problem was to get all the shadows right and give the object a sense of dimension while still making it look like a yellow bell pepper, not an orange one. There was some green in there as well, that i felt helped in making everything appear less monochrome.

The reflection of the pepper on the surface it was placed on caused me some trouble as well. I didn´t get it to look as smooth as i would have liked. Reflections are now on my list of things to practice.

This was done in a sketch pad containing Fabriano academica paper with a weight of 200gsm, which I have grown quite fond of. It has a god texture, but the drawing is now a bit warped. If this is caused by the rather heavy application of waxy pencils, or if it happened at a later date due to storage or something else I unfortunately can´t tell at this point.

Do you have any color that you fins to be extra troublesome?

Flower bud

Flower bud

I haven’t been drawing a lot lately. Mostly because I’ve been very into jewellery making for a while now. But you will see more of that in a later post. Today, I wanted to show you one of the few drawings that did get finished.

This was a shorter project, drawn using a reference photo I snapped with my phone. I liked how the pink flower and green leaves looked against the brick wall.

The sketch was actually something I created a while back, but didn’t take any further at the time. I tend to have a whole bunch of sketches lying around that may or may not end up being made into a more finished artwork.

This was actually one of my first times working with colored pencil on watercolor paper. I don’t know why I never tried it before. It has a really nice texture that’s rather similar to what I normally look for in a good paper. And while I do enjoy my colored papers a whole lot, it does not always suit the subject. Especially not when you want to go for strong and clear colours.

I actually lost the reference photo I used for this about halfway through. The cause being a corrupted memory card, something I have never experienced before. But at least I learned something about the importance of backups. This led to a somewhat rushed finish for this drawing, where it didn’t end up quite the way I envisioned. But that rarely happens anyway.

What is your favourite paper? And have you ever had any incidents with memory cards or hard-drives?

Fineliner doodle

fineliner

Most nights, I will sit in my bed and draw for a while before going to sleep. A lot of people read books in a similar manner, though if I did that I would never get any sleep.

It’s usually nothing fancy, just some doodles or sketches. But you always learn something. In this case I worked with lines and got to improve my skills with a pen along the way.

Abstract landscape

Sunset

This is one of the few drawings I have finished lately. I wanted to experiment with making a more abstract version of something that would still be recognizable.

I made this using a variety of different markers, mostly promarkers and copic sketch. It´s on bristol board, wich I bought a while back because it was smooth and heavyweight. It was also recommended by a lot of people. Can´t say I`m a fan though, unfortunately. The copics looked speckled on it, and the ink kept bleeding over the edges. That´s something i have a hard time with. So I don´t think I will buy any more of it.

This time I did a sketch on a separate paper before transferring it over to the bristol board. I prefer working that way, since my sketches tend to be messy.

Picking out the colours was something I found to be difficult. It was easier for the sky, but I´m less than pleased with the ground.

I feel like I learned a lot while working with this. Both about my markers, about colour and about abstraction. There will likely be at least a few more drawings made in this style.  Do you have any ides for subjects?

 

Trying out pastels

pastel drawing

I got a set of pastels around christmas, and now I finally get around to post one of the first pictures I made with them. It´s a medium I have wanted to try for some time, but other things have previously gotten in the way.

These where pretty cheap pastels, and they did have som hard spots wich made them a bit annoying to use. But overall it was a nice medium. I liked how they blended, and the fact that you could cover large areas quickly.

It was hard to create small details using the pastel sticks, though some could be achieved using the edges. Pastel pencils could be an option. Avoiding those small details could be a good thing however. I guess it´s a matter of learning to use every medium to their advantage. 

I think pastels might work well in mixed media, maybe together with colored pencils. It could be interesting to experiment with that.

The major negative thing about these pastels are the dust. I have a pretty small living area that I share with one more person, and the dust quickly made it uncomfortable. Even though I avoided blowing the dust of my paper, I was soon coughing.

So maybe I will have to avoid pastels for the time being. Or do some brands create less dust then others? Or do you know of any clever way to deal with the dust?

Small drawings in ink

When I feel like drawing on the go, I often use different fineliners and such. It’s a nice complement to the colored pencil drawings I showed in an earlier post. Most of these drawings are pretty small, they usually take up quite a bit less than an a5 page.

The majority of these are drawn straight from imagination, with some exceptions. Like the drawing of a pond in a local park that’s been drained of water. That ones from life, but with the stippling added later.

I use a variety of different fineliners, from many different brands. I’m trying to test as many as possible to find out wich one i like the most. The sizes that sees the most use here is 0.1 and 0.3, but that’s something that varies as well. There’s also some pitt brush pens from faber castell in there, in a range of warm and cool greys.

Do you like to create drawings and doodles when you are on the move? And if so, what do you use?

Colored pencil drawings

I have a a5 sized sketchbook that I use for small drawings in colored pencil. It often comes along when I travel, and many of the drawings in there were created during long car rides. I tend to work to big when i try out new techniques and materials, and end up without the energy and motivation to actually finish. So keeping a small sketchbook like this is very helpful.

I did the landscape to try out a set of koh-i-noor polycolors i bought. They were pretty nice, soft and cheap. But the lightfastness is not as good as I would like and they seem to break easily. Oh well. There´s a lot of Derwent Coloursoft in there as well, and polychromos.

One of these is an exercise from a book by the way, the tomato. It´s from Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg. I found it to be a very useful book, it thought me a lot more than I expected. Do you like to read books related to art? And do you find it useful?

Quick drawing in markers

Girl in blue and greenHaving many different art projects started but not really getting around to finish things was getting troublesome. So I decided to do something quick and spontaneous, without any pressure. It was nice, and gave me some motivation to keep going with my other projects.

I´m trying out some new paper that I got at a store in Malmö for this piece. I also got some copic sketch markers that´s been used here, along  with the other markers I already had. And some fineliners for the lineart. I drew everything straight on the good paper this time, instead of sketching things out on a separate paper beforehand. Nothing I would do for a more ambitious artwork, but it worked well here.


Abstracts in marker

 

I’ve had some problems with my internet connection for a while, but now I can finally post again:)

Doing abstract works in marker is something I have enjoyed for a while. Especially when I have a lot of other things that needs to be done, like schoolwork. They are reasonably fast to do, and very relaxing.

Most of the time, I do a quick sketch before starting the final drawing. Usually while travelling to and from school. Since the paper I use for the markers is so thin, I just place the sketch underneath the paper I´m planning to work on without any need to transfer the sketch. Sometimes I only use markers, but most of the time I like adding shading and details with colored pencils. Out of the two drawings here, the colorful one contains colored pencil. The other one, that I decided to name “Hellbirds” is only marker. It’s one of the few drawings I have done that has actually been given a name. Do you usually name things?

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