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Anne58
03-30-2016, 08:34 PM
On the suggestion of one of the members of this site, I've decided to set up a journal of my sketches. I've been using a Canson 5.5 x 8.5 sketch book for all my drawings. The paper is fine textured (according to the description on the cover) and is a light cream colour.

I've done a number of drawing that so far I have been posting in the Drawing and Sketching forum. I think I'll gradually shift to this area, to leave the Drawing and Sketching forum for general questions.

This first drawing I post here I'll cross post to that forum as well.

Anne

A covered bridge from a picture in the gallery.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2016/1974832-Emert_Cove_Bridge.JPG

I wasn't too happy with the rocks on the right side so I did a couple of small drawing with different types of rock in them.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2016/1974832-Polar_Bear.jpg
and
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2016/1974832-Rocky_Hillside.jpg

Comments welcomed.

DrDebby
03-31-2016, 04:17 PM
Gorgeous!

Anne58
04-01-2016, 07:27 AM
Thank you :)

Joan T
04-02-2016, 08:18 AM
Welcome! Beautiful shading in your graphite sketches. The bridge is impressive.

Anne58
04-02-2016, 02:58 PM
Thanks Joan.

I always seem to have an issue with my photos showing a lot of whitish areas in the dark places. I guess I'll have to keep experimenting with my camera technique. :(

Anne

vhere
04-02-2016, 05:22 PM
Nice shading. Do you ever work from life? Photos lose detail in the dark areas and the brightest, whereas your eye sees better.

Those covered bridges are full of character. Why did they put all that work into covering them? I know here some ancient bridges were lined with small shops but this doesn't appear to have room for anything .... Yet people put that work in for some reason?

Anne58
04-09-2016, 10:42 AM
Nice shading. Do you ever work from life? Photos lose detail in the dark areas and the brightest, whereas your eye sees better.

Those covered bridges are full of character. Why did they put all that work into covering them? I know here some ancient bridges were lined with small shops but this doesn't appear to have room for anything .... Yet people put that work in for some reason?

Occasionally I draw from life but recently, not often. As for the covering of the bridges, generally those are seen in areas where they get piles of snow in the winter. I don't know if the original ones had wooden planks for a roadway or not, but it meant that they didn't have to worry about plowing them.

Anne58
04-09-2016, 10:53 AM
Still sticking to a 'rocks' theme this drawing is of one of the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada. They are also called flowerpot rocks because of the way the trees and bushes grow on the top of the pedestal shaped rock formations.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2016/1974832-FlowerPot_Rock.JPG

DrDebby
04-09-2016, 05:06 PM
Isn't nature astounding? Great sketch.

vhere
04-10-2016, 03:59 AM
Thanks for the bridge explanation :)

What an amazing rock formation

I make my students work from life at least part of the time. Their drawing and observation improve so much with it. That then helps when working from photos.

Anne58
04-16-2016, 06:59 PM
I know that in some parts of the world the weather is well into spring but up north there is still a bit of winter hanging on. Here is another drawing from the Reference Gallery of a sparrow in winter.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2016/1974832-Sparrow_In_Winter.jpg

Anne

Joan T
04-16-2016, 08:35 PM
What a great rock formation. I like your subtle shading on the bird sketch.

JTMB
04-26-2016, 11:10 PM
Nice to see your work here! The bridge is really nicely done. However, I am a major 'bird nerd' so of course I gravitate to the sparrow drawing! Looking forward to seeing more.

DrDebby
04-27-2016, 03:40 PM
Lovely sparrow drawing.

Anne58
04-28-2016, 08:35 PM
Nice to see your work here! The bridge is really nicely done. However, I am a major 'bird nerd' so of course I gravitate to the sparrow drawing! Looking forward to seeing more.

It just so happens that I found another nice picture in the reference gallery of a bald eagle. I think it turned out quite well. The picture is courtesy of Virginia Spencer.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2016/1974832-Bald_Eagle.jpg

Anne58
04-28-2016, 08:42 PM
I'm currently working on another bird drawing from a photo I took while holidaying in Patagonia, Agrentina, South America. This hawk was very tame, walking around with the tourists and not fussing at all while we all took as many pictures as we could.

Still have quite a bit to do, but it's coming along nicely.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2016/1974832-Hawk-WIP.jpg

hobbyartist87
04-29-2016, 12:28 AM
Anne, I love your graphite sketches. I think they are really good and with practice, you'll get better at it.

You seem to get bigger range of values than I am with my set of HB-8B of Staedler Mars Lumograph pencils. May I ask what graphite pencils you are using?

Anne58
04-29-2016, 07:32 PM
Anne, I love your graphite sketches. I think they are really good and with practice, you'll get better at it.

You seem to get bigger range of values than I am with my set of HB-8B of Staedler Mars Lumograph pencils. May I ask what graphite pencils you are using?

Absolutely. I do my rough sketch/outline with an F pencil (Grand and Toy Roundedge brand) which is between the HB and B.

I also use a couple of different HB pencils, one is the standard wooden pencil (Grand and Toy Roundedge), and 2 different mechanical pencils, one with 0.5mm lead (Pentel leads) and one with 0.7mm (Staedtler lead); strangely these 2 seem to create slightly different darkness but the permanent fine points let me do detailed work better than with the wooden one which is good for larger areas. I have read that pencil hardness is not standardized so not all HBs for example will produce the same shade, that's probably what I'm experiencing.

For the really dark parts I use 4B (Staedtler Mars Lumograph). I do a lot of lightening with both my kneaded eraser and my pencil eraser, and the large light areas are done with the F.

Anne

hobbyartist87
04-29-2016, 07:53 PM
Anne, thank you. The lightening you do with your erasers and the different mechanical pencils you use must be what gives the different results you're getting. I definitely think the hardness not being standardized across brands contributes too, as I've heard that Faber-Castell 9000 pencils are harder than Staedlers and Derwents.

Anne58
05-14-2016, 08:23 PM
Finally got the hawk finished. I made a few changes as I went along too.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2016/1974832-Patagonia_Hawk.jpg

vhere
05-15-2016, 04:28 AM
lovely feather patterns :)

DrDebby
05-15-2016, 02:43 PM
Great pose on the hawk. Lovely job.

Joan T
05-18-2016, 09:18 PM
Beautiful details on the feathers of the birds.

Anne58
06-04-2016, 11:53 AM
Thanks for your comments both of you :)

Anne58
06-15-2016, 11:46 AM
This is a butterfly that I photographed on some marsh plants at a lake near to where I live. If I ever get a handle on doing coloured pencils I'd like to redo it in colour.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2016/1974832-Butterfly-25.jpg

Anne58
06-15-2016, 11:49 AM
I had my doubts about how well this strawberry flower would turn out. I was really concerned that I would not be able to get the central part done so that is had dimension and how to get all those light parts in that represent the stamens. In the end I am quite pleased with the result.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2016/1974832-Strawberry_Flower-25.jpg

DrDebby
06-15-2016, 02:39 PM
Beautiful. Both of these would look great in colored pencil too.

Munin Raven
06-24-2016, 08:17 AM
Super drawings. I'm particularly fond of the bald eagle. :thumbsup:

Joan T
07-10-2016, 06:36 PM
Lovely!!!

vhere
07-11-2016, 02:54 AM
lovely flower :)

hobbyartist87
09-01-2016, 05:07 PM
Lovely sketches, Anne. I think the butterfly will work wonderful in color once you've got the hang of it.

JTMB
09-12-2016, 01:09 AM
Just popped back into the forum after some months away, and I'm very happy to see your great bird sketches!

Aiylah
10-02-2016, 06:20 AM
Lovely drawings :)

eyepaint
10-02-2016, 09:37 PM
Fabulous graphite work :)

Anne58
11-06-2016, 04:49 PM
Thanks to all of you who have left comments.

I've been busy with the garden and yard but now that fall is here and winter approaches I'll be getting some more of my works posted. Although I have found some interesting non-nature reference images, I seem to like the more random lines one finds in nature.

Stay tuned :)

Nakiska
11-06-2016, 05:01 PM
Oooh...i have this same sketch journal...i quite like it. I ended up using mine for quick drawing exercises at artists.pixelovely.com I always did the 30 minute class.

Your drawings are spectacular!

Thanks for sharing.

Toni

Anne58
03-06-2017, 01:38 PM
Well, I think it is time I did some updating to my journal with the pictures I have done over past few months.

This is of a woodpecker who frequently visits our yard looking for pests in both our cherry and oak trees.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Red_Crested_Woodpecker.jpg

Next is a bullfrog I saw sunning on a lily pad at a lake near our home.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Bullfrog_on_Lily_Pad.jpg

Then I had a yearning to do something less 'organic' and found a nice photo of a small temple in the Angor Wat complex in Cambodia.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Angor_Wat_Temple.jpg

See next post for more of my pictures . . .

Thanks for looking :)
Anne

Anne58
03-06-2017, 01:47 PM
Building are tough will all the lines needing to be 'just so' and so I went back to drawing from my nature photographs. This next one is a colony of Peruvian boobies that we saw while on a trip to South America.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Peruvian_Boobies.JPG

... some rather interesting mushrooms growing in a shaded part of the garden.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Mushrooms.JPG

Here is a nice still life I found and although I did try to do the cross-stitched mat the basket was on, I just couldn't get it right so opted for a checked cloth instead.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Basket_of_Oranges.JPG

Two more in the next post, one of which is a WIP.

Anne

Anne58
03-06-2017, 02:07 PM
... and back to man-made stuff again (seems I have to do one every once in a while :lol: ) This time of a fishing boat - the rigging/lines were a pain. I still want to put in some clouds but I'm waiting until I can get some good photos so they turn out looking proper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Fishing_Boat.jpg

... and back to nature again with my current project. (WIP)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2017/1974832-Raccoon.jpg

That's all for now. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work. :wave:

Anne

eyepaint
03-06-2017, 03:44 PM
I'm partial to the fishing boat rigging and to the curious raccoon :)

Anne58
04-29-2017, 05:07 PM
. . . and now the raccoon is finished.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2017/1974832-Raccoon.jpg

Anne

eyepaint
04-29-2017, 05:14 PM
Gorgeous!

Was this from a photo in your yard?

Anne58
05-01-2017, 09:04 AM
Gorgeous!

Was this from a photo in your yard?

Although I have seen raccoons wander through our yard, this one was taken from the picture gallery.

Lovely sketches, Anne. I think the butterfly will work wonderful in color once you've got the hang of it.

After finally deciding on purchasing a set of 24 Polychromos coloured pencils and having a go at doing a colour drawing to get a feel for them, I'm now tackling the butterfly. I think it will be interesting to have a version done in each medium.

Anne

Joan T
05-04-2017, 03:05 PM
Nice graphite sketches!! I particularly like the textures on the temple. Very nice!

Vivien Maloney
05-21-2017, 05:00 AM
These are lovely graphite sketches and I can see a huge improvement in your work from when you first began your journal! I also love the variety of subjects! Looking forward to seeing more.

Anne58
06-11-2017, 07:23 PM
2 more small drawings. Practicing on flowers this time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2017/1974832-2_Flowers_In_Graphite_.JPG

Anne58
04-16-2018, 05:26 PM
Gosh it's been a while since I updated my journal. Well, I have been getting some drawings done. Here are the latest ones:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2018/1974832-Cat-2017.JPG

This is probably my best attempt at a cat to date. It was followed shortly after by this one (an image from the reference library)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2018/1974832-Raccoon_on_Tree.jpg

Next I was intrigued by the monthly drawing challenge in the Drawing and Sketching forum and produced this drawing:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2018/1974832-Golden_Eagle_-_Finished.JPG

Along the way I did a portrait drawing of a favourite actor fro the TV series Murdoch Mysteries. I'll get that one added eventually :wink2:

Enjoy
Anne

Munin Raven
04-17-2018, 10:04 AM
Gorgeous animal drawings. The last cat has great mid range values, which are usually most peoples weak point (myself included) from my experience. Love the fruit too. Hope you keep working and posting. Great to see. :thumbsup:

Anne58
04-17-2018, 02:01 PM
Gorgeous animal drawings. The last cat has great mid range values, which are usually most peoples weak point (myself included) from my experience. Love the fruit too. Hope you keep working and posting. Great to see. :thumbsup:

Thanks. Your comments are always welcomed

Anne

Joan T
04-17-2018, 04:42 PM
Great to see the new animal sketches...just lovely!!! Love the raccoon and the cat!

Sonia
04-17-2018, 05:47 PM
Beautiful work!

Anne58
04-24-2018, 06:42 PM
Thank you Joan and Sonia. It's nice to get away from bird drawings not that I particularly gravitate to that subject but most of my drawings are of birds :P

Sonia
04-25-2018, 06:28 AM
Wonderful work!

laudesan
05-09-2018, 08:43 AM
Your work is awesome!!! Wow! I have enjoyed looking through your thread..