Friday, April 27, 2012

Still Life, Life Drawing, Self Portrait In Progress

I was cleaning up my computer desktop last evening when I happened upon a photo of the still life setup of my table partner at the class I took a couple of weeks. She gave me permission to use it. It was the cutest, most unusual setup I'd ever seen and I had a lot of fun sketching it.

If you click on it, you will get a better look at it.

Earlier in the day, I had a bunch of art supplies in the living room trying a set up of my own using the hubsters bottle of wine and an apple. First I outlined it in pencil, then I tried to add color using the Caran d' Ache wax crayons, and finally added a layer of oil pastels. I like the intense colors, but am not overly happy with it otherwise. To top it off, I had all that "stuff" in the living room when Adam and Jena arrived with Miss Z. Talk about in my own world, when I first looked out and saw a vehicle in the driveway, I thought "meter reader".

While I was taking the photos of my art for this post, I also had to fiddle a bit with the self portrait sketch. I decided the jaw line needed some work, so I made some adjustments and here is what "I" look like now.

I think it is better. Now I have to work on the eyes.

I went to Ella Sharp in the morning yesterday for the life drawing class and was able to get one quick sketch

then tried another pose using some small, lovely watercolor thingies (I can't for the life of me remember what they were called or who made them, but maybe you can tell me. In the photo below, they are circled in red.) and definitely need more practice as it is a mess.

If you click this, you may be able to see them better.

Anyway, here is my sketch using them

This is sketched of Colourfix Suede paper.

And the final life drawing attempt in pencil on sketch paper

I am hearing some "talking" in the guest room where Miss Z spent the night and haven't had my second cup of coffee yet. I'd better run. I will definitely be around to see what you've been up to later.



  1. they look like Conte sticks

  2. That's what I would have guessed except these are round, not squared off and are definitely rich watercolor.


  3. I wonder if they're Schmincke stick pastels? they come in wonderful rich colors,though they're not watercolor...but they are square in section.

  4. I see some other Caran d'Ache boxes there, those aren't their crayons, are they?

    When I was in college, I used those to draw on our dorm room walls (hey, they're water soluble, so it must be okay, right? Well, I didn't take into account that the color might "settle" into the wall paint if it stayed there for months).

    Eventually I'll try working in some self-portraits into my face-drawing practice, but I'm not currently feeling brave enough to try it!

  5. I have no idea what the thingys are, but I love what you've drawn. Your self-portrait is looking even more like you, and you did a wonderful job with the life-drawing! hugs, nancy

  6. Possibly Derwent's Inktense Blocks?

  7. Just catching up with your blog - you have been a busy lady! Love the life drawing - something I've never really attempted. I'm inspired by you to try and find a local class.