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Day 163

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.

Day 162

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.

Day 161

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!

Day 160

This miniature was a request/suggestion from my wife.

Day 159

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.

Day 157

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.

Day 156

A nicely folded stack of clothes that I managed to mangle and get all wrinkled! Ah, art is an imitation of life.

Day 155

Eye just can't foresee doing a fabric drawing today. But to stay with it and not take another day off (which I've been doing too often this month), I drew this.

It's another digital drawing. No reference, one undo and no eraser. It's alright, just something to keep my eye on the goal. Too many eye puns?

Day 154

Well here's today's drawing! I know I'm excited. Honestly, I need to draw more heaps of fabric. This drawing of clothing is boring the F out of me!
I didn't copy the photo, as I find myself doing when it comes to clothing. I drew the basics and then made it my own. I do like how it turned out, and if it weren't for the colors I might have skipped today too!

Day 152

My cap! I haven't done a still life since grade school. I drew this with one eye and mostly one pencil. I smudged it as I did with yesterday's drawing but this one proved to be a lot easier. I think the complexity of the drawings speak for them self. I used a darker B series pencil to darken in the shadows and in less than 20 minutes called it good. There is one thing that I didn't do: texturize. That would have made for a much longer drawing time. I'm not opposed to doing that. I just didn't want to tonight.

Day 151

It's coming together. Not sure how or when. Maybe last night's drawing was a break through. I had fun with this one again. And I didn't play around with the original. This drawing looks pretty damn close. I ran through four layers and the last one was the trickiest. I started out with a 2B and got the dark spots with light shading around the fades. Then I used the HB to smooth out the transition (fades) between light and dark. Then I moved to the 6B for the really dark crevices. Once that was complete I took a picture in case I happened to ruin it. The fourth layer was the smudge stick. Usually I love smudging but for some reason it wasn't working out so well for me. I really had to move with the contours more so then ever. You can see down near the bottom where it got a little messy (the really dark blob). But in the end I compared the pre-smudged drawing to the smudged and liked what happened.

Day 150

I tried this twice. I was provided with a photo of a sheet draped over somebody. The photo is complex with many folds and layers of fabric. So, initially I tried to create the drawing exactly like the photo. Somewhere in the first five minutes I got lost in the folds and couldn't make sense of it anymore. I scrapped that and tried again. For my second attempt I decided I wasn't going to worry about accuracy. The sheet is white but I used my B series pencils because I wanted to make bold lines. I contoured the sheet and then formed the folds. Although most if it turned out good, some of folds inverted due to the heaviness of the pencils I chose. I'm okay with that. After doing this drawing my interest in fabric has increased. I had fun with this one.

Day 149

I drew yesterday, a little here and there, but again had nothing to upload by the end of the day. Today, I tried Marilyn Monroe in her famous picture standing above a grate with her dress blowing up. A great picture, especially for this months study. I humbly acknowledge that I don't know what the F I'm doing. I did attempt to draw her face and promptly erased it. Her body is way out of proportion and the dress ( fabric) is horrible.

Day 147

Something completely new. I used the program adobe ideas and a stylus. I only used black coloring and varied opacity. Turned out pretty cool.

Day 146

Here's the one I was talking about on Friday. My wife says, " She looks like a cute little fairy!" And I say, "True that babes, true that."

I gotta say I like drawing small. The finished product has a much faster turn around. I also don't have to be that precise. There should be museums for miniature works. Maybe there already is. Maybe.

Day 145

So this really doesn't have a lot of fabric but the techniques I used in some parts are very similar. I needed a little break anyway.

Day 144

Yesterday, for some reason, turned out to be too busy. Though for argument sake I did draw, a little, but did not come to a place where I felt it was ready to upload. The drawing I am uploading today is not the one I was working on yesterday. That one will be uploaded when it's done. Maybe I should have taken a picture of it but I don't know what I would have said about it as the portion drawn in not the fabric part and is only .5 inch square.

This drawing today was done earlier in the afternoon and I really like how it turned out. I was unsure how I would make it clear that the figure was behind the fabric. I started it out with light lines as this one really needed to be planned out. However, I have a tendency to overdo the preliminary lines, I did not overdo it this time.

Day 142

The drape of the cloth is getting easier. The folds are still tricky. Additionally I'm finding it hard to plan out the drawing.

Day 141

I love it when I feel uninspired to draw, start out just going through the motions and end up with something that I look at when finished and say, "How the hell did I accomplish that?". Such is the case with this one. Though, I do not like the hand. This is okay as hands are not the concentration this month. The ripped jeans and specifically just the rip itself looks great. It's funny, rarely do I get so into "copy mode" that I do not actually see what I'm drawing. In this case I did not see that the right leg (your left) is actually lifted, bent at the knee. This accounts for the crease in the jeans on one side and none on the other as her weight is shifted. It also sort of explains the shape of the hand. I just think it's amazing that I drew it with out realizing it. As I said, I was going through the motion tonight.

Day 140

I googled some images tonight and fell on some already drawn pieces of draped fabric. I was hesitant at first to draw from a drawing but eventually the time got later and I found one that looked, I'll use the word safe. As I began to draw it I figured I'd just copy it line for line, shade for shade when all of a sudden I said to myself, "Screw this! This has already been drawn!" I referenced the drawing up until that point, about five or so minutes. The rest came from my own mind, about 30 minutes. So the basic sweep is the same but every fold save one or two is my own. For that I like this and wasn't so impatient with it as I usually am with fabric - copying every fold and crease. And also for that I like my drawing better than the other.

Day 139

This is one of those drawings that I grew frustrated with very early on. I carelessly scuffed some graphite. But it turned out alright. I really like the tones. They blend well. I'm discovering a little bit more and more about my style of drawing clothing. As I have little patience for it, I texturize instead of detail. This can be seen in the stockings exceptionally well. Not all of the ruffles turned out like I had hoped but some of them did. And that's good enough for this 24 hour sketcher.

Day 138

Here's a cool one I've had on my list for a few months now. Good to check it off and I'm glad that it turned out well.

Day 137

If I lack the patience for anything more than shopping for clothes, it's drawing clothes. But, in the defense of well drawn attire, the payoff can be extremely rewarding. I don't get that feeling too often and that is why I'm concentrating on it this month. I do like drawing suits more than dresses as there is more structure and geometric form. As always, enjoy.

Day 136

I'm having way too much fun with these colored pencils! When I look at this I have two thoughts: "that looks like a child drew this" and "well, looking at it closer that child is pretty good". I decided that maybe I should draw the white with yellow. Really what I wanted to do was to associate a tone in the drawing with a color. I thought maybe it would help me visualize the variances in tone when drawing fabric. I'm not sure if it helped but it turned out interesting.

Day 135

In another attempt, I started this one with the darker shadows and gradually moved into the light. Some parts came together but others looked spotty. Think of a cheetah or Dalmatian. I ran out of time and needed to wrap it up so I decided to smudge all of it together and this was that produced:

Day 134

After being referred to as a sinkhole today it feels good to draw something this beautiful. It took me about 30-40 minutes. The dress is a little flat and the tones aren't quite right. I had to add the head, arms and hands even though those aren't the concentration this month. I felt like I picked up on a few techniques today for drawing clothing. We'll see, keep coming back.

Day 133

The concentration this month will be clothing and/or fabric. All things textile. I need some practice on this and I think by the end of the month I'll be pumping out drawings of stitches faster than my wife can sew the real thing on her machine. Not that it's a race or anything. Here's my first one:

I didn't finish, but I think I've got a good start on it, though it just doesn't pop. Then again I spent a whole 14 minutes on it.