This one surprised me at how quickly I was able to draw it. It took approximately 10 minutes to do this. Although its not nearly complete: the tones are minimal and the edges are pretty rough. But it looks pretty good.
It's been a while and I'm not quite sure what number day it is but I've taken a posting break for over 6 weeks. It's time to get back into it and I was given this photo just recently and I thought it was really cool. So, I drew it. After doing the pencil work I brought it some colors and smudged out areas bringing the focal point towards the two siblings. I'm more than pleased to deaden the silence with this drawing.
Practiced some lighting today. I used only one pencil for the entire drawing and am surprised I was able to get it as dark as I did without scratching through the paper. Once I had the graphite down where I wanted it I smoothed it out and developed the soft gradients to wash out any hard lines where the light was more brilliant. Overall I think this turned out rather nice.
While cooking a pizza tonight I sat down with a soda and drew the day's sketch. I used the tablet and stylus again for this as it was nearby and well, getting up to grab a pencil and paper was at the time a very taxing thought. Additionally I really like to practice digital art. Enjoy!
This was a simpler wave to draw and did not challenge me as much as yesterday's. I was able to merge the tones well enough to form the drawing. I was hoping to gain more detail but when I brought in the darker tones I abandoned that endeavor. In the end I just wanted it to look uniform and I think I accomplished that.
This wave was pretty tricky and I saw my artistic skills get sucked under. I'll rephrase that without trying to be witty: the limitations of my artistic ability were made clear to me. I think I may have tackled something that I wasn't ready for. And for that it's a great day here at the 24 Hour Sketch! I love when I can't even figure out how to simplify the drawing through some technique. For lack of education I don't know exactly what the techniques are called that I use but I might have tried them all. I even rolled up my very own tortillon thinking that might solve some of the issues I was having. I tried stippling at one point! (No pun intended) and with that bear with me! I'm gonna be witty again. As with all waves, proceeding one and preceded by another, there will be more to come. Waves that is. Seriously, I picked two pictures out the other day. I literally have another one right up my sleeve that I'm pretty sure I can't draw. Hold the laughter …
What an accomplishment this blog would be if I had actually drawn for 270 consecutive days! I just want to take this moment for myself and feel proud in that thought. WOW! What an accomplishment!… it would have been. Let the consoling begin!Anyway, this, I believe, is the first post to make it to the 24 hour sketch, and if not the first then one of the very few, to show just how small most of these drawings are. The lower right corner is stapled. So scale it in your mind accordingly. Now would as good a time as any to express my dislike of this drawing. I do not like it. There, that's all.
Once again it's been too long since I posted a drawing. This one was going to be part of my fabric study series back in January. So, it's been sitting in my phone since then and I decided to draw it today, actually I started it yesterday. If I could go back and work out one thing in this drawing it would be the hand.
Update: apparently I did draw this, check out Day 160. It's kind of cool comparing the two. The first was more focused on the dress.
Unfinished piece that I'm neither happy with nor unhappy with. Above all the unfinished aspects of this drawing it's the tones and blending that had I spent more time on would have produced something I'd like. So here it is.
I'm thinking if this were drawn at a bigger scale I could have pulled in more detail. When I say detail I mean the gradient of tones as dice don't really have much detail in the first place. The die in the background is meant to be slightly blurred and again if it were bigger that endeavor may have been better accomplished.
So this one is pretty obvious where I got my reference from (even though the two look nothing like the actors). But then again who the eff knows exactly what Romeo and Juliet looked like in the first place? To save face, I wasn't trying to make this photorealistic. I like the soft strokes and hard lines that I was able to extract and the stippling of "detail" turned out not so bad. The real focus I wanted to make clear are the hands.
I've been wanting to get this one drawn for a while. I dig the expression and attitude the subject is displaying and I believe I captured it well. This drawing is small, about 2.5" in height and done with a single pencil. I would have liked to add more dark tones in there but to save warping the paper I had to settle for a lighter grey. Either way, I'm pleased with it.
Broke out the pencils for this. I was surprised at how fast I scribbled this out, about 30 minutes. There were some values that I left out that would have provided for a lot more detail but that would have also provided for a longer draw time. One mistake that I've made while doing this 24 hour sketch is drawing all day. I did a lot of that during December and it kind of burned me out.
I don't make a lot of statements. But I felt maybe I should draw about the walk on Congress for citizenship. This country was built on immigration. Let em have it. They can figure out how it's not so great once they're stuck here.
This was an over achievement, but that's not a bad thing. Again, this is a negative drawn image. The smoke is a bit much. It needs to be more subtle / simple. I like the facial features. They aren't perfect but it works. I am definitely excited about drawing this way. And I thought drawing white on black was hard. After drawing this, which took about half an hour, my brain hurts. I love it!
Another negative image. I'm diggin' how this turned out. It started out a regular google image search day and when I saw this is reminded me of the drawing I did before of the woman jumping with the chalk. I wouldn't be surprised if this is from the same photo shoot. I decided that the image had too much black in it and instead of doing a white charcoal on black paper I instead drew the white in the photo with pencil. After I was done with that I ran it through a negative filter and ran up the contrast.
I'm tellin' ya, I may have been silent for the past few weeks but as I said before I've been drawing here and there. This one I drew I think about 2 weeks ago but forgot to post. So here you go: it's a grotesque rendition of my wife and me. I sketched this out in about 30 minutes while I was waiting for the best software in the world, Revit, to run a query on some linked model's family and purging some 800 unused families.
I like how the filters made this look, nothing taken away from the true value of the original drawing.
So by now all of you should realize that the number of days mean nothing. I took a solid two weeks off but everyday I thought about it and I did draw a little bit. As it is now, I have no intention anymore of doing this religiously unless I feel like it. It was the initial goal to do as many consecutive days as possible but now this is just my art blog. If I do another 130 days in a row then so be it.
Today I'm posting two drawings. The first one is a quick sketch of a rose but I only drew the white parts where the light was hitting it. I did this to intentionally produce the negative image.
A little bit of hand drawing topped with digital nasty! I've decided to bring my own coffee mug to work. However conscientious I think I am I can't help but think this is what the owner of the coffee mug believes their dear ceramic is subjected to. Hell if my mug went missing I'm sure my thoughts would wander into the demented trenches of the psyche.
On a another note, I'm certain that drawing still life is the way to go for me. I can get it done quickly and practically anywhere. This funk may be over! In the words of a dear friend with the inflections of a pubescent boy, "Yay, for sure!"
Another stylus drawing using Adobe's IOS Ideas app. It's a still life of my cigarette pack. I chose to not put any typography as I'm not that good with the program yet, but I'm getting better. One thing I love about digital art is the undo and layer features.
Today is a still life of some glasses that sometimes have votive candles in them. No candles today. I drew this in Adobe Ideas again. I'm posting two drawings: the color one is the original and the b/w one I thought just turned out really cool and lucky for you I feel like sharing.
On another note: I have got to get back into the swing of it! I've been missing way too many days!
I haven't given up but I may switch it up from doing landscapes.
This one I did outside!!!!! That was supposed to be the whole point of this month and I haven't had any time to do it. Not sure what I'm gonna concentrate on tomorrow but landscapes will be coming back; stay patient and keep coming back.
Instead of drawing a landscape I zoomed in, found a blade of grass with some dew on it. I still don't think I've perfected the art of the blur but I'm getting better. The blade is less detailed than I originally planned for and the water droplets are more 2 dimensional. For a sketch it's good. I won't be posting this drawing anywhere else though. We'll see; I always end up liking my drawings more after I forget about drawing them.
Although I started this with the same intention as last night I spent some extra time on it to define certain areas and shade. I really like the different strokes I used to develop the different pieces of this scenery. And god, I wish this could have been one I actually drew outside beholding the grand ocean view from Smather's Beach.
The objective tonight was rapid visualization. I didn't plan anything out, drew what I saw and conceptualized the landscape through my pencil jabs and erratic movements. For my style of drawing this works well. I have a hard time even wanting to plan ahead. It's great to be able to itemize. As such with this landscape: tree, water, mountains, bush, clouds, etc. It's not that I completely made the landscape my own but I had the freedom to put the pieces where I wanted them without worrying about whether it made spatial sense. One of there days I'll get outside and draw. I'm looking forward to it, but again, at the last minute, I used a photo.
So I discovered that when one decided to do landscapes, or cityscapes in this case, it's best to get the drawing in before sunset. Otherwise the scenery is harder to see. So I'll have to make sure I get these done early from here on out. This is from a photo again; I didn't have the luxury of going out on the town and drawing the city from across the lake. Also, first person who can figure out what's ironic about this picture gets a free viewing of tomorrow's sketch! I know, I'm too generous!
Landscapes/scenery will be this month's study. I really want to explore the organic and unforced aspects of form and shape. I also think that I won't fall short of ideas. This concentration of scenery came as an inspiration to me from another artist's words. It was on the topic of still life and how he would sit outside and draw what he saw. I've always thought it was pretty cool whenever I've seen an artist with their easel outside painting or drawing or what not. So I plan on doing a little more of that. This month will hopefully be less rendition of photography and more drawing of the real world, the landscape that is. Today's drawing, however, is from a photograph. I pulled in as much of the dark areas as possible and faded into the light to create a true contrast of the two.
Here's the last of the fabric series. I had a difficult time creating a perspective on the train. My intention was to focus the drawing on that and up to the waist. That didn't work out so well. All in all I argue that she's a short bride. Nothing more, nothing less. Her legs are the perfect length for her; you shouldn't judge her for it.
I spent some time on this one and planned it out. It is small at about 3.5 inches so there wasn't a lot of room for error. Although, smaller drawings have a certain forgiving quality about them. Basically I took a cue from yesterday and got this done early, planned it out, and took my time. I like it. I didn't have fun with it but I like it.
Drawing fabric takes time and a lot of layers. I kind of think I should have left this drawing without the darker strokes. It looked better and I really thought it was turning out okay. I ended up elongating the width and all of a sudden the top didn't make sense anymore. That's another thing: drawing fabric takes time, a lot of layers and good planning. The planning part is hard for me with any drawing. I'll get better or keep putting out stuff that I learn to like. Also, drawing at the end of the day tends to produce less than favorable results. Anyway, here's for today!
Two pencils, 6B and 3H. I started with the bust and moved down the left side to where the hand is lifting the dress. I then followed the sweep of the dress back up almost to the where the other arm should be. I then swooped across the waist and moved over to the right shoulder to bring the other arm down to meet the sweep of the dress. After that I filled in the rest. I thought to maybe post it with just the light lines but then decided I needed some bold ones. I sparingly contoured certain darker areas and called it good.
This one was difficult to capture. I got part of it right but most of the edge doesn't look right. It should appear to come at you then fall. This it doesn't do. I will plead with you that I did this fast and without preparation. Not that that makes it better. The form is good though.