Sunday, July 31, 2011

I love it when

a random doodle actually turns out to be something kinda decent. This is going to be a short post, cause I'm at work (and probably shouldn't be doing this, haha). This was drawn with a bic pen on the back of a phone message in all of about ten minutes, and I'm (surprisingly) pretty pleased with it =). The thing I was happiest about was that I didn't use anything for reference - strictly freehand, right out my imagination. Considering the troubles I've been having lately (especially with proportions), I think this is a pretty good accomplishment =).

Anyway, back to work... Thanks for reading!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Looking towards the future

I was able to test out those new pencils last night. They work beautifully! They glide so well on the paper, without leaving dents or scratches, so it makes it really easy to remove any values (or mistakes) that I don't want.  Unfortunately, though, my hand wasn't working as well as the pencils, so I don't have anything new to upload... Still. I was attempting another female figure, but the proportions were off quite a bit again. Still feel like I'm learning and making progress, though.

A sunset from the ranch
Work on the ranch didn't quite work out either, yesterday. Well, for the most part. We didn't end up shearing as we intended. It was kind of hard, considering that overnight the sheep busted through the fence holding them. As we drove up to the pen I had to laugh, because there was one left in there that had already been shorn, so immediately my dad said, "Well, I guess we're done, then!" We ended up patching the fence, then I ran down to get the four-wheeler and my sister so we could try to bring them in again. Well, after running out of gas halfway back up (thank goodness for reserve tanks!), and a few other frustrations, we ended up talking for a little bit in the barn. We decided early in the conversation that it wouldn't be very smart to try and get the sheep back in to finish the job. Since they got out, we'd have to rile them up getting them back in, and they have food in their bellies. That makes them especially hard to shear, because with all the different positions they're put in throughout shearing, any food in their stomach can push against their lungs and they might suffocate.

Creepy when the buzzards sit like this. Sorry for the bad quality,
couldn't get any closer or they would've flown away.
The conversation in the barn was a very good one, and exciting, too. We talked a lot about the future of the ranch, and our family business. We're going to be putting in a lot of work getting the ranch to the point where it has sustainable, livable income. Currently, all of us are working separate jobs, because the income off the ranch isn't nearly enough to live by. But, with enough blood, sweat, and tears, we can do this. We actually ended up talking for about six or seven hours about everything we want to do and how to do it. Not just in the barn, though. We came back down to the house, talked for a while, took a little break right before dinner, then talked more during and after dinner. I've been very excited about this since we all talked, because being on the ranch is what I love. It's where I grew up, and it's a large part of who I am today. As cheesy as that sounds, it is incredibly true.

So, research begins today after my sister gets home from the hospital. My brother in law has had a lot of stomach trouble the last week, so I hope they're able to do something to help fix him up. We're going to need all the help we can get! Haha, mostly kidding, I just want him to be in good health. Anyway, I've got some time before I have to go to work, so it's time to break out the pencils again, and give it another go.

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Thanks for reading!


Thursday, July 28, 2011


Alright, so I made a little mistake... I was browsing around, looking at random things related to drawing and art, and came across some photorealistic artists. I was so impressed with their drawings! It's insane, that level of detail that they are able to render in their drawings. I decided then that that's the level of skill that I want to achieve. I want to be able to draw photorealistic pictures.

Photorealistic art by Linda Huber

To the left here is a picture drawn by Linda Huber. I also want to link to the page I found it from here. Yeah. Incredible, right? Also, very, very intimidating. Well, since I found that page, I decided to try and pull out a picture and see what I could achieve myself. I knew that it wouldn't end up being of the same quality, but wanted to try anyway to see if I could learn something along the way. Yeah, I believe I did learn a thing or two, but I was also very right about the quality being way lesser than that of a photorealistic drawing. I'm not uploading what I did because it's not done yet, and I might just scrap the whole thing and try again later when my skill has improved.

I also got some new pencils, and God they are beautiful! I have yet to give them a test run, but I cannot wait. 24 pencils, ranging from 9B to 9H. I'll talk more about them later, and hopefully be able to draw with them later today.

For now, though, I need to head up on the ranch and get some work done. We're shearing the sheep today... It's crazy intense, and I'm probably not going to want to move afterward. But, we'll see =)


Friday, July 22, 2011

Almost two weeks later...

...I finally get some more drawing done =).

It's been a couple busy weeks. Camp was excellent, as always, and I can't wait to go back next year. I didn't end up doing any drawing while I was up there. I was much too busy with other things, and frankly, a little skittish about attempting the beautiful scenery of the forest. I almost thought it would be sacrilege to try and capture it, being the beginner I am.

I just got back from a four day retreat with my girlfriend, which was a much needed vacation from things. Watched some movies, relaxed, went swimming (she swam, she's teaching me how), and art. We joked about having our little arts and crafts corner - she does a lot of awesome knitting projects. I admire the quality of her work, quite often, and hope that she admires mine as well ;).

Anyway, I've placed the latest drawing of mine in this post, and updated the gallery as well. This one took me a couple of hours to complete, and I remembered why drawing hands are so. freaking. hard. I had actually intended for her to have her right hand stretched above her head, but I simply couldn't get it right. So, I decided (with a little convincing) that it should just lay at her side, out of view. I felt a bit daring, attempting this piece. I hadn't touched my book on Female Figures at all, out of sheer intimidation, but decided to go out on a limb. And, I have to say, that I am very pleased with the outcome =).

Let me know what you think!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Matters of proportion

So, turns out I didn't do much drawing since my last post, up until last night. I continued on with the same book I've been using, the next lesson being an "excellent study of proportion". Which turned out to be sadly mis-proportioned by my hand. I'll give it another go soon, but the first drawing definitely will not be posted to the gallery, it's that bad, haha.

Also did a little experimenting with some blending tortillons. Shading, blending, and texturing are really what I want to be able to get down, but it seems that the books I have at the moment don't cover it very much. Does anybody know of a good book that covers shading? Or even an online resource?

In fact, what other books would anybody recommend for the beginning sketch artist? I currently have four books, which will probably keep me busy for a while, but they are a bit short.

I'm going out of town for the next week, going to be volunteering at 4-H camp - and no, it's not all about animals. It's more of a youth-development and leadership week, and it always turns out to be tons of fun. Perhaps I'll bring my drawing pad with me... I will be stuck in the middle of a forest with no cell service or other kinds of civilization, maybe I can find some good nature scenes to attempt. Either way, looking forward to an awesome week =)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Let's get started...

Hello, everyone! Alright, so last week, I pulled out my sketch book (after a few years of collecting dust) and decided to see what I could put down on the paper. I pulled out my How to Draw 1 book that I'd received for Christmas a few years back, and managed to draw what resembles an apple... Not totally satisfied with it, but I don't think it's too bad.

Last night, I decided to give it another go. Using the same book, I sketched out some holly berries and some tulips. The shading on the tulips didn't go nearly as well as I'd hoped. One of the problems I've always had is with good shading techniques. Practice makes perfect, though. I'll upload those pictures to the gallery in a little bit. Overall, I don't think I'm off to a bad start, but I've got a long ways to go to reach my goal. Definitely not producing anything that I feel comfortable signing, yet. Hopefully I'll be up to drawing some more tonight after I get off work.