View Full Version : WDE 4-28-17 Contour Cactus

04-28-2017, 08:28 PM
Each one about 3" square, about 5 min each.

I tried the cactus reference twice to see if I could it better the second time. I THINK there was improvement. :angel:

My husband said it could always be used as blackmail or basis for an abstract. :lol: I do think it was a fun challenge though. Thanks Team for stepping in to host this week.

Contour 1

Contour 2


04-28-2017, 09:27 PM
very cool...not sure if i will try this challenge..
cuz i would cheat:lol:tyree

04-28-2017, 10:07 PM
Well done, Anne, you managed it.

04-29-2017, 02:43 PM
Wonderful! :) Did you have fun doing this?

04-29-2017, 03:20 PM
I did have fun. It certainly isn't any great work of art but it was a good exercise. I'll try it again.


Charlie's Mum
04-29-2017, 03:56 PM
Well done Anne - and thank you for trying it!
You've really done very well indeed and the second shows how much you concentrated on looking at the object closely - great girl!:)

04-30-2017, 01:06 AM
This is very interesting. The second is actually a nice sketch of the subject in a very uninhibited line. It has a character you wouldn't get if you were looking at the line as you drew it. This could be enhanced with a loose wash of colour.

04-30-2017, 04:47 AM
I'm glad you had fun doing the challenge! I also think that a bit of selective colouring would turn it into an interesting abstract piece. :)

04-30-2017, 07:49 AM
Interesting thought to add some color for an abstract. Watercolor won't work, the paper is just a sketch pad but some dry color might.


04-30-2017, 11:26 AM
Well done! Looking forward to the colors deployment!

04-30-2017, 02:21 PM
I like your cactus, looking forwards to the colour!

04-30-2017, 03:35 PM
Very nice, Anne. There are some very intriguing shapes here. I agree about adding some color.

05-02-2017, 08:07 PM
Well, I tried adding some color. It had to be dry so I took a look at my options.

Colored pencil would have been the best choice but my colored pencils are buried and this sketch didn't seem worth digging them out.

I tried Nupastels but I didn't feel they worked well at all. I haven't really been successful with pastels although I love other people's work with them.

I then decided to go over them with my Caran D'Ache II crayons, used dry. Here's the result. Not great but much better than the pastels.



05-02-2017, 10:36 PM
:clap: Its a great exercise and surprising results. Well done.

05-03-2017, 05:48 PM
Your contour version reminds me of a Star Wars character. As soon as you put the color on- whoa, there's the cactus! Nice.

05-03-2017, 10:40 PM
Great fun with the contours

05-08-2017, 01:51 PM
Very cool!:)