For some time now I have wanted to draw portraits of my three children and incorporate these portraits into a rustic window frame. Well, I have the frame and have completed one portrait. The challenge that I have is what style do I want these portraits to be? Which look will satisfy my eye? Soft? …maybe heavy, or loose? What style would complement both the window frame and the artwork? There is never any harm in doing multiple portraits. In fact, the process of pairing portraits with the frame is a great exercise. With endless combinations and many questions to be answered, the best way for me to learn is to jump right in and try a collection of different styles.
Softer Style Window Portrait
The use of graphite in this sketch complements the dreamy nature of the pose, creating a gentle feel. I also chose to keep the background (negative space) light to help create a balanced softness.
The Window Frame
This well-preserved old window frame will make a great addition to my decor. Little needs to be done to this treasured piece, however, removing a bit of the white paint will keep the frame and the artwork from competing for the viewer’s attention. I am very excited to try a variety of styles to see what will unite the window and artwork into a beautiful composition.
As the summer progresses I will post updates with the different styles and pieces I create. Feedback is always welcome and may be helpful in my decision-making process, so feel free to comment below.
Sun, Fun, Sand, and a Quick Charcoal Drawing.Lately it seems like all my art projects have been everything but drawing. This week I really needed some draw time. Flipping through old photographs I found a great reference picture of my little girl. Okay, maybe she is not so little anymore, and maybe it is from fourteen years ago, but beach times were favorites of mine and I will always cherish them.
Many summers were spent sand covered, wet haired, and sun-kissed on a warm British Columbia beach. Friends were always near. Adventures were plentiful. Life was simple.
There is something pure and refreshing about working with a charcoal pencil and a blank sheet of paper. Maybe it is the rhythm, or maybe it is the break from the focus of daily life. Whatever it is, it is good.
For this drawing I used Meridian Drawing paper by Pentalic. The paper is a beautiful soft white color which helps give the drawing a warm look. It also has a great tooth which is perfect for charcoal work. It is one of my favorite papers.
Beach Time 11 x 14 Charcoal Drawing
Who doesn’t like sun, fun, sand, and a little beach time?
It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for. There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece. For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper. I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface. The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.
As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch. I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.
For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play. Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.
I enjoy the beautiful bold colors that my daughter uses in her art pieces. It is always a treat for me to add a colored art piece to my site, since most of my work is in black and white. The photograph of her art work does not show it as well as the original piece, but I love the different values of blues she was able to create with her Copic markers.
This piece was drawn from a photograph of my niece taken 20 years ago on our family farm. Growing Up Country holds many great memories of farm life. As a child on the farm, I enjoyed the many hours spent outdoors. Even though I no longer live on the farm, I am glad it is still in our family, and I can go back to visit.
Even though the food and presents are always good, it is the time spent with family and friends that I look forward to every Christmas. I love watching the emerging personalities of my nieces’ children. Each personality is very unique and strong, it makes for an entertaining evening. This sketch of Little B is from a photo my husband took on Christmas Eve. I am not sure what she was doing or thinking, but boy is she cute.
12 x 15 Charcoal Sketch on tinted paper
For this sketch I experiment with different methods of applying and blending charcoal – a definite learning experience. I found the hair more difficult with this type of paper. Once the charcoal is worked deep into the tooth it is not easily removed to create highlights. Mental note made for next time :).