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05-31-2010, 11:25 PM
Hello Artists! :wave: Welcome to the Monthly Pastel Sketch Thread!!

The monthly pastel sketch thread is for pastelists of all experience levels who use soft pastels, hard pastels, or pastel pencils.

The idea is to fit some sketching time into your week by completing a sketch in one hour or less. You can sketch anything, whether it be from life or photos.

It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 60 minutes. You know how time flies when you are creating. So get your pastels out, set your timer, and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us.

For inspiration, please visit our Image Library here:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/ (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/)

Last month's thread hosted by me:

06-04-2010, 10:33 AM
Thank you, Don, for starting the thread. So I'm the first one.

I've been doing insects the last few days in bombay ink here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8793521&postcount=5) plus tinges of pastel pencil for those interested but last night, I did one in Derwent pastel pencils entirely.

Photo Credit: Siga
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrous_piceus_head.jpg)
Species: Head of Hydrous piceus


06-04-2010, 11:52 AM
Whoa, this is great, and the ink ones are phenomenal Sandra! Not sure I'd want to run into any of these fellas in person, :eek: but they are intriguing!

06-04-2010, 12:30 PM
Sandra i like your sketch and drawings. Very nice colors. Insects are pretty amazing, especially close-up. I am happy, however that i live somewhere where insects don't grow TOO big.
To paraphrase EO Wilson, more or less,- without humans the world would go on without a hitch- without ants, life as we know it would end...
Please do more...

06-05-2010, 02:07 PM
Nice work, Sandra,...as usual!
in keeping with the Spotlight theme of 'green', I did my patio tomato plant...bugra paper, with alcohol wash under thehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2010/103700-scan0001.jpg__tomato_plant.jpg greens...


Winny Kerr
06-05-2010, 08:04 PM
Hi there.....here is what I did this afternoon...2 hours. I bought a few additional Mount Vision pastels...love them...so had to try them out :D
My camera is actually broken so the colors are washed out and the image a bit fuzzy...sorry about that. 8" x 10" on matboard with a coat of Liquitex clear gesso that I applied with a small paint roller from Home Depot...leaves no brush strokes and gives a smooth finish...works beautifully.
I took the photo from Granite Mountain. I actually wanted to practice skies and added the mountain.


It is not the greatest but practice makes perfect...one day...Lol

06-05-2010, 09:07 PM
Some great sketches to start us off this month!

Sandra, I'm not sure if I have ever seen an insect close up pastel! We can always count on you for new and exciting ideas and perspectives!

Judi, very nice tomato plant! You've really shown how quick bold strokes can define a background and push the main subject forward!

Winny, Very nice! You've captured the sky and clouds perfectly!


06-06-2010, 02:47 PM
Thank you, chuas, Rachel, Judi, Don for your comments.

Judi, a very nice loose approach to your tomato plant and yours always seem to have energy swirling around.

Winny, very nice clouds!

This is in response to Photo Paint Along June and July (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624370) at the Classical Forum here.

I have to say that the best investment I ever made for the last 2 years got to be this 120 pc set of Faber Castell Polychromos Hard Pastel sticks followed by the assortment of Derwent, Carbothello and Pitt Artist pastel pencils in terms of dry color medium. It is easy, direct, and very me without the dust.

Pacon Drawing paper 9x12 inch


06-06-2010, 06:10 PM
This one is going in a frame onto my living room wall.

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel sticks
Derwent, Carbothello and Pitt Pastel pencils
65 lbs red cardstock with Colorfix clear primer 8.5 x 11 inch

Photo credit: timitalia from Munich, Germany
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Timitalia_-_dragonfly_(by).jpg)


06-06-2010, 08:33 PM
Do not adjust your glasses. The picture really is that fuzzy. I found a piece of velour-like paper when I was looking through some old art supplies and thought I'd try it out. I don't think I'll do it again, though. That surface is just ornery!



06-07-2010, 03:54 AM
Robin, the velour paper will show the fuzziness of the paper well. Great colors.

One last one for tonight. Still for the Southwest challenge.

Faber Castell Polychromos Hard Pastel sticks
Derwent Drawing pencil and pastel pencils
Pacon Drawing paper 9x12 inch half page


06-07-2010, 01:42 PM
Wow, Great stuff!

Sandra, Wonderful sketches - all of them!

Robin, Very nice still life! Yes, velour is fuzzy! Lots of pet portraitists like it for animal fur, but it is hard to get hard, crisp edges.


06-07-2010, 03:55 PM
Sandra, your insects, hen and turtle are great. I love that turtle, there's something wonderful about it. So much volume and depth.

Judibelle, your tomato plant is elegant. I love how you did the leaves and tomatoes, it's got a lovely texture combining those linear elements with the smooth transitions. So lively. Well done. You're getting better at plants all the time and the greens in this are fantastic.

Winny, that's a great landscape. I love the clouds, you've got great soft colors in them and a good sense of depth.

Robin, your limes on the velour are cheery and bright. I like how it looks even soft-edged from the paper, very charming. Well done. Good shape on the plate and great light in this.

06-07-2010, 11:43 PM
Sandra, I just keep coming back to look at your turtle. I just love the feeling of the whole thing, and it looks like he's saying, "Take me home, pleeeze!"

06-08-2010, 12:23 PM
Love all the sketches so far.

But this one is for Winny--Yay! You did a great cloudscape! I'm still cloud challenged, just need more practice but look how far you have come with clouds!

Winny Kerr
06-08-2010, 12:38 PM
Thank you Sara. I agree...practice, practice. Clouds and beautifull skies often make a landscape painting better...I feel. Thank you for being kind about my cloudscape. I am busy doing an other cloudscape. They are all just practice and not really keepers. But fun doing them and that is the whole idea...we are having fun painting and learning. Right?

06-09-2010, 12:20 AM
Sandra, your insect is very cool. Nice change of perspective. Your second insect deserves the wall treatment. Nicely done.
Judi, nice greens and form with your tomato plant.
Winny, the skies read well. The clouds are light and airy for that type of day. Looks good. HMMM MVPs make me happy.
Robin, I like the softness of it and your colour choices. Perhaps something less hard edged might work better on that type of paper.

I did these this weekend at a small art show in AB. Nothing is bigger than 8 x 11. The frog which I didn't include here is in the spotlight is also one of this weekend's sketches. Can't really say how long these took me as I went for lunch and chatted with a lot of people. 4 small paintings, 2 perogy lunches and 12 hours. Molson will get posted in the gallery on Thursday, an old dog portrait.
Red Tulips, 5 x 7 on red tinted kitty wallis. Rembrandts and Schminkes.
Country Fields, 6 x 11 on olive homemade sanded paper. Rembrandts and Schminkes.

06-09-2010, 10:54 AM
Terri....your landscape is lovely....and your tulips are FANtastic!
Sandra...interesting insect studies! Yes, the turtle IS fabulous. And so is the rooster...
Winnie....lovely landscape....love the clouds!

Here is my first regular sketch of the peony, fully opened, I will be trying it again, as I want to get the details on the petals better...wasnt too happy with this one. And I dont seem to have quite the right shade of blue-red (maybe magenta?) to match the colors of the petals...


I know it looks out of proportion to the vase, but it is in real life! It is huge!

06-09-2010, 11:17 AM
Peonies are so lovely and seem so complicated to paint. I probably would put pebbles in the vase just to weight it down since it such a large flower. (I had a vase of gladiolas fall over because they were so top heavy) If you have easy access to Art Spectrum pastels, the flinders red violet and blue violet are some of my favorite colours to establish purple darks.
Judi, it's a great sketch. I am glad you are getting a chance to paint and enjoy the "fruits" of your garden. Hope all is well with you and yours.

06-09-2010, 01:03 PM
Hello everyone!

I've been enjoying all the sketches this month, so I thought I'd post something I did last night. I belong to a local art club, and we meet weekly. Most times we are sketching live portrait models, but we couldn't get anyone last night, so our model was a still life! Good news is, the model didn't need breaks :lol: ! It was a large set-up, so this was what I accomplished in about an hour. For me, this is warp speed :lol: !

Thanks for looking!


06-09-2010, 09:57 PM
just want to say that i love everyone's posts. I just tried to upload my sketch but was unsuccessful-:( i'll try again- maybe tonight-maybe not!

06-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Chris, what a great opportunity to paint with others and a model too. One of my few whines about small town life is that models are non-existent. Really enjoying your colour choices and composition.

Rachel, hope you have better luck soon.

06-09-2010, 11:18 PM
Terri, Both of these sketches are very nice!

Judi, Another nice flower sketch!

Chris, Your still life is wonderful! I hope you will continue on with it! Love those background colors!


06-10-2010, 02:18 AM
Terri, beautiful tulips. It's exactly like the ones I had a few weeks ago. The curves of the petals and the shine. Very pretty.

Judi, your peony looks like it's a happy one. I'm not kidding. There is a cheerfulness to it.

Chris, wow, beautiful color combinations for your still life. Especially like the jug and tinges of blues and the apple.

I did a naked couple tonight with Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel. Don't click if you are not into lovers but I'm very pleased to be able to doodle this on my own from imagination now. I didn't even need manikins tonight.

Warning: Naked Lovers (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2010/86669-hp_lovers1.jpg)

06-10-2010, 12:31 PM
Terri, great sketches, I especially like the country fields. Minor crit on that one, I find your signature on it a bit distracting...maybe a different color? But they're both (all, the dog one too) are wonderful paintings!

Judi, holy cow. I would never attempt a peony. One of my fav flowers, but SO many petals!! Is yours that dark pinkish red? Good job with this complex flower!! I'll be looking forward to your next one.

Good job Chris! Isn't it fun to paint BIG set ups? Kind of freeing.

Sandra, nice sketch! Your usual admirably bold color decisions!

06-10-2010, 02:07 PM

I love your tulips! Nice landscape too! Yes, we're spoiled! When a model doesn't show up, we get confused, and scramble around figuring out what to do! We had a hint that the model might not show up, so we brought the set up with us. This time we were prepared!


I think we are going to set up this still life again next week exactly the same way, so I think I will continue with it. It's a great opportunity to practice those drawing skills!


Nice peony! Great colors!


Thank you! I see you are practicing your life drawing skills :lol: , even if it is from your imagination! Excellent!

06-10-2010, 09:11 PM
Chris....your still life is lovely!
Thanks for the comments on the peony. I tried another today...a little more abstract. If it holds up another day, I may try a little more detail.
I noticed that under the light tonight, the petal colors kept changing on me!
earlier today I saw a face in the center part, but it was gone tonight. (different location, different light)

(dont know why it came out so large....I made the image smaller, I thought!)

06-10-2010, 10:57 PM
Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my insects. I love drawing them for some reason.

Judi, another bold color flower and full of zest too.

Thanks to Brian at Photo Paint Out June, July (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8809244#post8809244) for the pix of Protea flower. I'm not a flower person but all the flowers here gave me a push today.

Faber Castell Polychromos Hard Pastel sticks
Derwent Pastel Pencils
Carbothello Stabilo Pastel Pencils
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch half page


06-10-2010, 11:27 PM
This is yesterday's attempt at a quick sketch. Abount an hour using a variety of semi-hard and soft pastels on suede paper. Unfortunately, the paper was slightly wrinkled and wrinkled worse after the adhesive dried when mounted to a piece of foam core. Made for some interesting "texture" in the surface. Due to the wrinkles in the paper, this will not go any further, just be used as a study for a future work. Approx 13 x 26 from a photo taken a couple of years ago while visiting close to Galveston, TX.

The sky in the middle is not as purple as the photo shows, but cannot correct it without changing the other colors.


06-12-2010, 09:15 PM
Judi, what brilliant intense color!

Sandra, very nice flower as well!

John, this is an excellent sketch - very fully developed, especially for only an hour!


06-13-2010, 04:38 PM
Thanks Don and Sandra.
John, your sketch is very well done...Love the energy it emits.
Sandra...nice, loose flower. I am finding them very difficult....do you?

I finally got inspired to do a landscape, which I havent done in a couple of months now. This is from a photo I took of a brook nearby...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2010/103700-scan0006.jpg_tyringham_Brook.jpg
C&C welcomed..

06-13-2010, 07:22 PM
Wow, everyone is doing great work this month -- great to see all of them

Sandra, you've done so many, enjoyed them all - the insects, great perspective, love the turtle's shell, use of color in all of them.

Judi -- I LOVE that tomato plant - your peonies are well done -- a very complicated flower. I like how you've done the landscape - alot going on but you've simplified -- wish I could do that.

Winny, love the sky, great clouds

Robin, excellent job on the limes, lovely colors on the plate.

Terri, I like them both but particularly like how the strokes and colors on the tulips.

Chris -- lovely start to this still life -- I'm starting a new class this week - one hour with a model every other week -- all new to me.

John - love the movement in this and the water -- one hour -- wow

So finally, I am getting something posted. An hour and 15 min -- mi-tientes, terrra cotta paper -- variety of pastels -- I have a new set of half stick unisons -- so far, I really like them, hard to put down.

Love to hear your comments -- please let me know your thoughts. thanks to Mary Robinson, Lone Tree (from the ref lib). I think it is darker in rl, a bit washed out here.



06-13-2010, 10:11 PM
Judi, you're so productive! Very nice landscape!

Nansketch, Very nice! I like the way you've used that soft background!


06-16-2010, 12:38 AM
Judi, very bright sunlight there.

John, wow, a very beautiful piece. My ideal type of painting that expresses innocence and yet has a classic feel to it. Very inspiring.

Nansketch, is the tree bent on the trunk or is it the shadow? Nice blurry background. Dream-like!

Picked up my Cretacolor Chunky Charcoal and followed a pix of Hasavasu Falls at Grand Canyon from a geography book. China has similar limestone waterbed too that's very famous and the movie HERO was filmed there in the water scene.

65 lbs purple cardstock with clear colorfix primer 8.5 x 11 inch
First layer - pan pastel background that my daughter abandoned
Second layer - Cretacolor Chunky Charcoal - blue, 2 greens, brown, terracotta, yellow
Third layer - Daler Rowney soft pastel sticks


06-16-2010, 11:42 PM
Sandra, this is great! While the entire painting is well done, the water and the small little falls are just perfect!


06-17-2010, 06:13 PM
Judi, terrific landscape; dreamy and serene. You have such a way with color!

Beautiful work, Nans'! I love the yellow orange ground with soft green. Just stunning!

Sandra, Don is spot on, the water and waterfall are perfect. This is awesome!

I haven't been sketching much, but am doing a lot of GREEN paintings!

06-17-2010, 09:57 PM
Don, Chuas and Sandra -- thanks for your comments.

Sandra, yes the trunk is curvy, not sure I like it - in this size picture, it doesn't seem to show very well. I've tried another version with a straight trunk, will try to load when I have time for a photo.

Wonderful waterful, the small falls are very well done and love the colors


06-18-2010, 12:34 AM
Decided to give this a try - want to be loose and just do it with out fussing too much. Fell in love with this little guy in RL and set the timer for 60 mins last night. ..... then coudn't stop my self and spent another 20 mins this morning 'just to tidy up'. :( anyway here he is .. Out Too Soon. huni


He is about 20 by 25 cm on red canson (?) on the smooth side. (still new to all this and forgot to check the paper sides first, half way through, wondered why it was so hard ... :lol: I'll get there.. )

06-18-2010, 12:45 AM
huni, This is very nice! Lot's of nice texture on the bird! Canson can be used on either side, and I would say that most artists prefer the smooth side.


06-18-2010, 09:49 PM
Thanks Don, I don't think it is Canson now I have looked - just some cheap craft paper with a smooth and less smooth side, from my news agent. It doesn't have that very rough dotty side.

This is such a good idea, I will try it again. Love every ones posts, especially the landscapes and green ones, they seem harder to me than still life. Too many to name at the moment - I would love to see the still life one finished though. (hint :) ) huni

06-19-2010, 10:22 AM
Great job on this little guy -- love the background color, really sets him off and good effects on the feathers.

This is my second tree, redid this with a straighter trunk. About an hour and 10 min on salmon color pastel card, 9x12. Blended more than usual. actual pic is a bit darker. C&C welcome and appreciated,



06-19-2010, 08:46 PM
Nancy, this is very lovely! The misty background is wonderful and the economical use of the pastels on the ground is great! A little touch of yellow-green here and there and we have sunshine!


06-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Very nice, Nancy. This piece has a very magical background! Love the blue.

Huni, your little bird looks like it just came out of the nest after a good romp. :lol: :lol: Great details, especially the little bits of ruffled feathers.

Thanks for comments, Nancy and Don on my piece.

A page of doodles using pastel pencils, fountain pen, paintastic brushpens, cheap watercolors just for fun.

The fields, the seascape and the buildings are pastel pencils.


06-20-2010, 05:23 PM
This is based on the body shape of one of my movie books but the interpretation and colors are all mine.

65 lbs blue cardstock primed with Golden Pastel Ground Clear (This stuff is not really clear. It leaves white residue unlike Colorfix clear primer.)
Daler Rowney soft pastel
Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel sticks

Warning: Nude reclining girl (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2010/86669-sp_nude2.jpg)

06-20-2010, 07:22 PM
Sandra, Your versatility is amazing! The pen and ink in the upper corner really catches my eye, as well as the sketch in the lower left corner! They are all nice!


06-20-2010, 07:36 PM
Sandra, great sketches! I like your dancing skyscrapers and that scene with the boat is lovely. Your waterfall scene is spectacular - that's a keeper, that's one you ought to frame. It's magnificent.

Nancy, I like both of your trees. The crooked trunk on the first one really caught my attention, I love crooked trees. But it looks good straight too. Both have a soft feeling that draws me right in, plenty of depth.

Huni, your little bird is beautiful. I like the smooth side better than the textured side, and I think you might have had more trouble with clean lines on the beak and details on the textured side. Well done!

Judi, your landscapes have gone through another quantum leap when I wasn't looking. This brook scene is magnificent! I love the composition and the sense that the water's flat and reflective, the way the trees recede into the distance and that everything's so well shaped. Beautiful! Way cool that you used your own photo for it too.

06-20-2010, 09:34 PM
Thank you, Don, Robert, for your comments.

Here's the big piece for the weekend: a portrait.

I think I really don't like to do portraits that much. It is so exacting a skill. I labored over this piece for 3 hours and thought I would never emerge from it because it just didn't look like the actor I wanted to draw. I was ready to call it a day and pack it up seeing that I have drawn my daughter's ex-idol instead of mine. :lol: :o :lol: I thought, gosh, what am I doing drawing an eye popping colored idol at my age. But I just can't help using pop colors. Then I gave it one more try with refining the eyes and the nose and finally, I got some semblance. Perhaps tomorrow when I look with fresh eyes, I would know where I went wrong in aging him almost 10 years.

PORTRAITS ARE TOO DIFFICULT. There is no way I would ever want to be a portrait artist. I'd rather be their photographer.

So here it is.

Pan pastel as first layer
Girault Portrait set soft pastels
Daler Rowney soft pastels
Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils
Colorfix pastel paper

I have forgotten how soft Girault pastels are, even softer than Daler Rowney. I couldn't figure out how to leave all those soft pastel particles on and so had to smudge it.


Alright. Basta. That's it for this weekend. I'm going to veg out and watch Korean dramas and more of my idol.:D

06-20-2010, 11:20 PM
Nancy thanks - I like your trees 2nd one best - they have a zen, chinese painting feel to them.

Sandra - great sketches especially the woodcut style one - I love it - goos values.

Thanks Robert, are you going to do a sketch for us to learn from :)

06-21-2010, 09:35 AM
Sandra, your pop coloring is gorgeous. I really like this one. You're getting good at portraits and I can see a lot of growth in how you've been doing them, but I can understand that frustration. Keep sketching people, especially the people you love. There will come a time when you're comfortable with it and can relax more about portraits.

Huni, thanks. I've been meaning to but got very distracted by pen and watercolor, also the Art Journals forum. I really want to get a pastel journal going, do one with Colourfix primer in a watercolor journal so that I can keep my sketches in a bound sketchbook. Might get into it again though, got my pastel pencils out to do the Spotlight.

06-21-2010, 08:53 PM
sandra...that is so striking...I love it!
huni....your little bird is wonderful...I did birds as a theme last month...I found them harder than I thought...
Nan....yep..i like the 2nd one best, also....but both are really nice...

i had about an hour to kill tonight. Decided to get bold with a photo I had taken on our property. Had fun with it, and just 'let it rip', so to speak...

It was late afternoon when I took the photo. The shadows really intrigued me. I used Bugra paper, textured side, a mixture of hard and soft pastels.
C&C alwasy appreciated...

06-21-2010, 09:30 PM
Judi, this one's so beautiful! It's got gorgeous light and strong values, rich color and a great composition. Somehow your landscapes have become so much livelier and more varied. Let it rip like this more often!

06-21-2010, 11:44 PM
Sandra, the portrait is very nice! Some really wonderful gradations of tone, especially on the side of the face and neck! And yes, portraits are hard! I would consider them the hardest type of painting to do.

Judi, this is very bold and colorful! Having fun and letting it rip might be the best strategy!! Having fun is a better mindset than being in misery (which is my usual mindset when painting)!


06-22-2010, 08:28 AM
thanks, Robert amd Don...Yes, with no expectations things seem to go better, experiment-wise. I guess taking a break in doing landscapes was a good thing, if I am coming back bolder and stronger....lol...

06-22-2010, 11:09 PM
Wow, pretty impressive painting for an hours work, well done all!!!:clap:
I've always lurked and watched in this thread, never done a pastel in an hour, but tonight I changed that, I did a fun one, a cat. I have not done very many aniamls in pastel, only the couple I did in pastel this month for Spotlite. He kinda looks cartoonish, but its ok, this one was for fun. I had some yellow velour, which color paper I don't like, so it was perfect for a study- 8" x 10" with pastel pencils and various soft pastels- time aprox. 1 hour and 5 min. :)

06-23-2010, 11:05 PM
Tammy he looks fun and has the hint of a quirky smile, he looks like you had fun doing him with all that flowy free looking fur strokes. he makes me grin - huni

06-23-2010, 11:10 PM
Tammy, Very nice! Wonderful use of the background color in the cat!


06-24-2010, 10:54 AM
Love it, Tammy! very expressive, and his whiskers make me smile...

06-24-2010, 01:35 PM
Such nice work from all-it's been so long since i've peeked in, that i can't remember all your names- but i really have enjoyed looking. I find the one hour time limit is a great challenge.

Today it has been raining, so went out on my porch and did the flowers- i was hoping the cat would be around, because she often sleeps there- but no luck. This was done on Canson MT[smooth side] 8"x10" with some Mt Visions, senneliers and some really old nu-pastels. Comments and critiques always welcome. it took me about 50 mins. The picture is a little lighter than the original.


06-24-2010, 11:08 PM
Rachel, Very nice! You covered a lot of ground in 50 minutes! Those bright flowers really sparkle!


06-25-2010, 01:38 AM
Hello everyone!

I've been enjoying all the sketches this month, so I thought I'd post something I did last night. I belong to a local art club, and we meet weekly. Most times we are sketching live portrait models, but we couldn't get anyone last night, so our model was a still life! Good news is, the model didn't need breaks :lol: ! It was a large set-up, so this was what I accomplished in about an hour. For me, this is warp speed :lol: !

Thanks for looking!


Many other works in this thread also nice but this work style is something really nice.

06-25-2010, 02:45 AM
Allydoodle, love the still life that JPQ quoted. That's great. I love the unfinished areas as well, that's part of its charm that some parts of it are very refined near the focal point and it gets looser and more like a drawing till it fades to sketch lines -- that still have great perspective and accuracy.

Rachel, cool porch scene! The geraniums are great and the looser plants in the yard help push them forward. Too bad the cat wasn't there sleeping in the sun though, maybe next time.

Tammy, aw cool, a big ginger tom with a friendly smile! I love his eyes. Unless you went way off with the proportions, his big jaw, round cheek fluffs and relatively small ears with great space between them all tell me he's a big fuzzy shaggy cat -- wonderful! His big golden eyes are beautiful. He looks plump and happy, a prosperous cat with a good home. That's great!

06-27-2010, 05:10 PM
Judi, your property must be very big and has a lot of areas to explore. You made the place looks a bit like wonderland with the bright colors.

Rachel, were those raindrops behind the flowers? That has a very good feel to it in the background. You might want to draw the arc of the watering kettle with the same curve as for the bottom arc next time. Nice sparlking blue.

Tammy, cute comical cat with very persistent whiskers. :lol: :thumbsup:

Thanks for comments on my pieces, everyone.

Here's a quick sketch of one of the characters I watched last night on a Korean drama. I didn't want to blend the colors on the face today like the one above which has the caked/painted look :lol: :lol:. He might as well be in Japanese kabuki plays with that type of a painted look. :evil: And I don't know why I kept reaching for pop colors again. :lol: That frown looks like his.

Aquabee Quick rough Sketch Book 8x10 inch 50 lbs rough surface
Faber Castell Polychromos Hard Pastel sticks
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils


06-29-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks, all for your kind comments-Sandra, you are so right about the watering can :o- i wasn't really paying attention- just trying to see how much i could get in in an hour-i don't even know what the background was meant to be- maybe rain, or foliage, or just some colors. i don't plan to do anything else with that sketch [except put it in the woodstove] but it did give me some ideas...

Sandra, i admire your portraits-i think portraits are the hardest things to draw- which seems odd, since we all look at faces all the time-maybe too much to not let symbols get in our way. Hope you will do more for us next month.

till then....

06-29-2010, 06:20 PM
Sandra, Very nice portrait sketch! As you say, blending or not can make quite a difference. And reach for the colors you think best. I just read an older art book where the author suggests that each artist develop their own color sense - don't do what others do, or try to use formulas. Personally, I agree!


06-30-2010, 12:32 AM
I just discovered that the actor (http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2922511) I love in the very painted face has committed suicide. I'm heartbroken at the moment. I haven't even perfected drawing him yet and he's only 33 and a talented singer/actor. I wonder if I could still manage to draw him in future.

I did this piece just before I read the news.

This is in response to the Week Drawing Thread of this week (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627819) hosted by Michael.

pastel pencils


06-30-2010, 09:14 AM
sandra...great job on the portraits....sorry to hear of the actor's death....
rachel..lovely flowers!
allydoodle....love the still-life. Well done!
Wish I'd had time to do more art this month...hopefully next month will be better...Thanks for the comments on the ones I did...

07-01-2010, 01:28 AM
Allydoodle, love the still life that JPQ quoted. That's great. I love the unfinished areas as well, that's part of its charm that some parts of it are very refined near the focal point and it gets looser and more like a drawing till it fades to sketch lines -- that still have great perspective and accuracy.

Actually these unfinished areas make this work i think. and method how is made i mean not basic pastel work to me.