Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sidewalk Café

I recently finished a landscape drawing that had a lot of perspective in it (at least compared to what I typically draw). My goal wasn’t to achieve photorealism just a sense of balance between the buildings and the foreground. I consider this another step forward in the fun journey of improving my skills. Based on a demonstration in Drawing with Coloured Pencils.

Materials: Strathmore 80# drawing paper and Derwent Watercolor pencils (used dry)

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Sidewalk Cafe

P.S. You may notice that several of my most recent posts have been based on demonstrations from Drawing with Coloured Pencils. It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it, if like me you are trying to fill in the gaps in your artistic knowledge. And, each demo uses Derwent Pencils…my favorites!

Cat Eyes

My latest drawing focuses on improving techniques required to make eyes more realistic. The “white” hairs above the eyes were made by putting a piece of tracing paper over the initial sketch and incising the paper with a 9H pencil. Because the impression is below the surface color laid over top does not fill the area leaving behind the color of the paper. The subject is based on a demonstration in Drawing with Coloured Pencils.

Materials: Strathmore 80# drawing paper and Derwent watercolors pencils (dry)

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Cat Eyes

Still Water

A two-fold approach was used with today’s drawing – a limited color palette and coordinating colored paper to create unity. The major colors in the drawing are blues and greys but I introduced a small amount of bright red to give some visual interest. Long horizontal lines were used in the water to give a sense of stillness. Based on a demonstration in Drawing with Coloured Pencils.

Materials: Sky blue Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper and Derwent Watercolor Pencils (used dry).

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Still Water