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10-06-2013, 10:57 PM
I'd like to practice more drawing and painting so I thought I might just as well start a journal here. I hope to make drawing a daily habit.
As I've read somewhere around here only perfect practice makes perfect so I would greatly appreciate any and all critique I can get :D

these are all drawn from life.. and about a B5 sized paper size..

(willow charcoal and a little bit of a charcoal pencil)


(just willow charcoal)

10-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Welcome Flug to the Art Journal forum.

These are great. The only thing I will mention is on the last still life in charcoal the top item gets lost in the background. I assume that the branch of leaves is covering part of it, but it's unclear without studying it.

10-08-2013, 12:52 AM
i like the tree drawing. almost painterly in some aspects

10-08-2013, 04:16 AM
Practice is the essntial you re right. A good start. My input would be to use a larger sketchbook. Maybe a4' even a3.

Joan T
10-08-2013, 05:15 PM
Nice sketches. I like the texture you have in the tree trunk.

10-10-2013, 05:38 PM
thank you all for your comments :)

@DrDebby: you are right.. though it did seem obvious to me having drawn it and all.. the truth is I kind of lost patience when it came to drawing the leaves.. (plus wind was blowing and they wouldn't stop moving.. excuses excuses.. )

@vhere: I tend to feel afraid of empty pages.. the bigger they are the worse it gets, I somehow feel more confident when I have to fill a smaller space.. plus again.. I tend to lose patience.. The paper I own for now are on the smaller side but I will keep your advice in mind when I buy new paper.. :)

Things I learned the past days: I cannot paint faster than the sun sets :angel: those two attempts turned out to be a disaster.. so for now I will keep colors to still lives..

(charcoal and white pastel on gray manila? kraft? paper)
the cup looks wrong but I just can't put my finger on the reason..


both are about A5 size..
Comments and critique are of course very welcome :)

10-11-2013, 05:29 PM
The banana is fantastic. In the drawing with the cup, your top and bottom ellipse aren't matching. It makes the cup look off and slightly tilted. But you shaded it great.

10-12-2013, 06:28 AM
good sketching

Debby is right - the ellipses curve more the lower they are below your eye level - so the curve of the bottom of the cup needs to be a little bit more that the top of the cup.

10-15-2013, 02:33 PM
Thank you for your kind comments!
Now that you mention it i can see it as well.. I didn't notice it earlier on :(

Anyway.. I'm not drawing nearly as much as I would like..


and a sketch/doodle I rather liked ^^
(ink and white pastel pencil)

10-15-2013, 03:07 PM
Good still life. Darling elephant.

Joan T
10-26-2013, 09:23 PM
You have a nice variety of subject matter that you sketch. These are really nice. I especially like the pencil shading on the bottle. Nice!

12-13-2013, 10:26 AM
Thank you DrDebby and JoanT! :wave:
I thought I could revive this since I've actually managed to paint/draw something almost daily for the past 2 weeks or so..

Flowering cactus(gouache):

Apple still life (gouache):

Rather bad azalea flowers using the reference image from the December watercolor challenge (gouache):

The mushroom brothers using a reference photo from the RIL by scribblet (gouache). I really like this one :D :

Pink sky (gouache), inspired by photographs by photographs found here http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwieclawski/ :

And apparently you cannot upload more than 5 pictures at a time.. so I beg for forgiveness for there shall be more posts..

12-13-2013, 10:43 AM
Moving on..

Apple and lotus fruit still life (watercolor pencils) :

A very quick sketch in ink referenced from a photograph I found on the RIL but I didn't make a note which one it was.. :(

Sketched some birds from imagination (ink):

A cityscape and its reflections (oil pastel and then scratched away):

And a flying cat (charcoal and pastel pencils):

12-13-2013, 02:14 PM
Great sketches. Love the bear and the flying cat. :cat:

12-14-2013, 10:06 AM
Great sketches, I especially like the ink ones, the bear is especially good.

12-14-2013, 12:00 PM
Thank you for your comments :)
I like the bear sketch a lot as well :D

This is what I drew in my sketchbook yesterday..

I've been making some cards to send away for the holidays.. They are rather tiny drawings and I was inspired by a thread in the watercolor gallery where someone (yes, I never remember usernames) painted minimalistic snowy landscapes on his cards..
We don't get much snow around here but lots of these..

12-14-2013, 01:50 PM
Cute kitty. The cards are lovely.

Joan T
12-16-2013, 10:59 PM
Nice recent sketches. That bear is really good!

12-17-2013, 06:21 AM
Nice series .... And oh the havoc a flying kitten could wreak!

12-17-2013, 01:40 PM
:D Thank you DrDebby, JoanT and vhere :cat:

I think you are right vhere.. The flying cat's middle name would probably be Chaos :cat:

I finished the 3 flower cards.. Two or three more to go.. If I manage to paint cats I will like enough to send away..

All are watercolor and A6 size..

Narcissus (is it called like that?)

and a Cretan orchid

The first two actually start flowering during winter and move on to early spring..

12-17-2013, 02:16 PM
I am enjoying looking at your journal! Great sketches.

12-17-2013, 03:30 PM
Beautiful flowers.

12-17-2013, 04:06 PM
I particularly like the anemones. And yes narcissus is right.

12-18-2013, 01:23 PM
Thank you for your comments vhere, DrDebby and Marmsk!
I actually managed to paint the two cat cards, so no more cards for this year.. :clap:

Watercolor again and the size is A6..

There has to be an easier way to paint fur.. :cat:

12-18-2013, 02:51 PM
Cute kitties. Yeah for getting your cards done.