Recent sketchbook work

Rocks & Cushions

Rocks and cushions

Instead of working on a blank sheet drawing in outlines and then concentrating on the design detail  the intent was to work from a totally covered base and uncover the highlight areas.  In effect it felt like working backwards.

Charcoal was applied over the whole sheet until the page was black.  An eraser was then used to lift and lighten areas to define the rocks and cushions.

This was my first time standing working at an easel.

EI ComponentsA series of still life components in pencil.

EI person study 1EI person study 2

A study of the person working at an easel on my right.

Image 1 (left, larger image):  First attempt using charcoal pencil and continuous line.
Image 2 (top left):  Charcoal pencil using non-dominant hand.
Image 3 (bottom left):  Ink and bamboo stick.
Image 4 (right hand picture):  Drawing and shading with willow charcoal.

By the third attempt I was seeing the shape of the head and age of the person more clearly but still wasn’t doing great.  Image 4, when concentrating on the shading, has resulted in yet another interpretation.  She seems to have lost about 15 years and gained a cheesy smile that was never in evidence!

EI person study 3Here I have used a mix of willow and charcoal pencil.  I guess this final sample is the most lifelike but she wasn’t so stern and matronly.  This drawing took about 45 minutes.

EI Tonal StudyTonal study using a fine tip ink pen and dots to build up the effect.

EI Stringer sourceI chose this stockman picture to spend some time on.  The photocopy has lost some of the definition but luckily I had the original image to hand most of the time.

EI StringerThe difference between 45 minutes (classmate study above) and 17 hours of painstaking precision is clear to see.

Stringer was drawn using 2B, 5B and 8B pencils with a lot of layering and rubbing back to soften the image where required.



About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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