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vhere
09-25-2010, 03:07 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2010/53888-e__autumn_fruits_002_copy.jpg

I don't normally do still life set ups but decided to do a class with a friend to step outside my normal work and do something different (for me).

This is in the large folio size moleskine and isn't finished - but I took it as far as it's going.

The onion stands out too much (I loved the rich darkness of it and so it's more complete) and as an image it needs more darks pushing elsewhere to be balance.

The pears aren't finished and so aren't 3D enough, The colours were lovely to work with though and there are layers and layers of different colours scribbled and built up to try to catch the subtle changes.

Just for curiosity I turned it to greyscale, which really shows how much it needs the darks pushing.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2010/53888-e__autumn_fruits_002_greyscale.jpg

details:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2010/53888-e__autumn_fruits_002_detaill_2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2010/53888-e_autumn_fruits_002_detail_1.jpg

I don't burnish cp's - I like the marks and scribbles to show.

robertsloan2
09-25-2010, 04:06 PM
Vivien, I really like this. It's too bad you're not going to push the darks, so far it's beautiful. I agree with you that the onion needs more darks elsewhere to balance it - but that is a wonderful onion and everything else is so beautiful. Great start on this folio!

I have one of these and really enjoy it. Thanks for showing me how well colored pencils work on that paper! Looking forward to more!

vhere
09-25-2010, 04:21 PM
thanks Robert :) I'd been saying for ages that the 'large' moleskine was too small so I was really pleased when they brought this size out. It works absolutely beautifully with cp and erases cleanly, with my little Jakar battery eraser, for lost highlights.

As I don't have the set up now I really don't think I'll work further on it - it was just an exercise and I enjoyed it.

This book will take some time to fill so this will maybe be a slow thread.

DrDebby
09-25-2010, 06:02 PM
It's beautiful. I think that you learned what you needed from this experiment. Sketchbooks are not filled with complete drawings. They are experiments, and musings. Occasionally, a drawing becomes a finished piece, and that's ok too.

virgo68
09-26-2010, 02:07 AM
Vivien great stuff - that purple onion is the most wonderful colour - I love seeing them stacked up in the supermarket, the colours just leap out from the usual greens reds and yellows you see in the fruit and veg aisle!

I like the say you show the "scribbles" - I tend to over burnish, then I think "bugger, should have stopped a while back!" Interesting trick too to see the greyscale pic - really helps to see where the darks need pushing as I find it difficult when working in colour to do that sometimes.

Clapping my hands at another great sketchbook to watch unfold..... ;)

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
09-26-2010, 03:55 AM
AMAZING piece, LOVE the line work and the movement it creates - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

vhere
09-26-2010, 09:52 AM
thank you everyone :)

This will get added to slowly over the winter.

I'm drying an artichoke flower seedhead I managed to grow (it's gorgeous) and I'm planning to do the same with a couple of hydrangeas so I can draw them. I love complex shapes like those. They can go in this book as it's big enough.

vhere
09-27-2010, 02:48 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2010/53888-e__paintbrushes_demo.jpg

I had a class of beginners start today and I often set them the task of drawing paintbrushes - they can be put near the drawing, making life easier and there are all the different textures to try to express.

These were my demo ones

robertsloan2
09-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Vivien, these are very loved brushes. I like the rough sketchy lines you used to describe them, it's got a lively feeling and tells the story of many years of painting. Beautiful vignette. Sometimes a simple exercise can become a spectacular artwork, I think you did that this time. Beautiful.

DrDebby
09-27-2010, 06:33 PM
Wonderful idea for starting to draw. And your drawing is great.

virgo68
09-27-2010, 08:05 PM
I like your drawing style Vivien, very descriptive and full of character (even when drawing something so simple) :)

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
09-27-2010, 08:42 PM
THis is such a simple YET elegant drawing, just love how they tell the story of many years of loved use.

vhere
09-28-2010, 02:41 PM
thank you Robert, Debby. Jackie and Stacey :)

I really like paintbrushes to draw - they have all those different shapes and textures to work with - I'll probably do some more on that page as this only fills half of it.

I may get them doing feathers another week - they are another great mix of textures and curves.

Joan T
09-28-2010, 02:59 PM
Vivien - Nice work on the still life. I like your shading on the fruit and the melon going off the page. Awesome onion.

Great job on those well loved brushes. I always like seeing paintings of art supplies, and brushes are so good because they each have their own unique character.

vhere
09-29-2010, 04:15 PM
Thanks Joan :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2010/53888-e__small_cardoon_heads_sketch.jpg

Here is the latest in this book. One of my students gave me these large seedheads last autumn. One is splitting open and all the fluff spilling out. I really liked the contrast between the soft down and the spiky scales. I think they are a type of cardoon. They have a prehistoric look almost.

First one is simply pencil and the second is coloured pencil - done with the Lyra Skintones set, which has a lovely range of browns in cool and warm, dark and light. They work really beautifully with the moleskine paper. They are oil based like Polychromos, I don't know if Prismas work as well in a moleskine????? I don't use them as they are wax based and harder.


details:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2010/53888-e__small_cardoon_heads_sketch_detail_1..jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2010/53888-e__small_cardoon_heads_sketch_in_moleskine_detail_2.jpg

Carole A
09-29-2010, 04:27 PM
This one is so well done. With the onset of fall we'll probably be seeing a lot of materials of this type; just in time for the October sketchbook challenge!

Carole A

DrDebby
09-29-2010, 05:46 PM
The seed pods are awesome. The colored pencil works so well for this.

vhere
10-09-2010, 12:20 PM
thanks Carole and Debby :>)


Today I did this little landscape which was based on the shapes in a chunk of flint (rock)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2010/53888-e__landscape_from_still_life__copy.jpg

water soluble pen and coloured pencil in the moleskine

DrDebby
10-09-2010, 06:27 PM
Very moody piece. Tho' that could be because the image is dark.

When you say based off a piece of flint, did you mean that you drew the rock and turned it into a landscape? If so, that is very cool.

denyalle
10-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Wonderful detail on those seed heads, love them!

virgo68
10-09-2010, 09:02 PM
really cool to be able to compare the same subject in tone and colour - shows how much your choice of medium or colour affects the results, the seed heads are quite complex and full of interesting detail and I am amazed how you turned a rock into a landscape!!

Joan T
10-09-2010, 10:37 PM
The landscape came out nice, but those seedheads...:thumbsup: Yahoo!!!

flashviv
10-10-2010, 12:26 AM
Awesome sketches, the seed heads are so well done.

I like the landscape you created out of the flint, great idea that turned out so well.

Vivien Maloney
10-10-2010, 04:28 AM
Terrific sketches. I love your imaginative landscape.

vhere
10-14-2010, 10:15 AM
thank you all :)

thanks :)

an autumn leaf just to keep this ticking along - I did 2 red ones but for some reason the scan just won't pick up the dark brown parts, no matter what I do to adjust it. So I'll photograph the page when the camera batteries are charged.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2010/53888-e__leaf.jpg

coloured pencils - a mix of Polychromos, Lyra and cheapie cheap ones

I had the class of beginners working on autumn leaves this week - I need to get hold of a sycamore before they lose their colour, they are such a lovely shape

DrDebby
10-14-2010, 09:52 PM
Great autumn leaf.

virgo68
10-16-2010, 09:33 PM
The colour that is scanning is lovely - very rich - Autumn is my favourite time of the year.......

flashviv
10-18-2010, 04:07 AM
love that leaf, beautiful colours

Jakesgram
10-18-2010, 10:24 PM
Beautiful work in your sketchbook Vivien! You must enjoy just paging through it periodically. The beautiful detail in your work is amazing to me. I love the paintbrushes - who would think they could be so interesting? And the detail on the seed heads - wow! Also, I love the colors in the autumn leaf. Ours should start turning colors here soon, so maybe you have inspired me to draw some of them.

Lovely work!

Jean

robertsloan2
10-19-2010, 01:07 AM
Gorgeous moody landscape in a chunk of flint, it works so well. I love doing that, taking a small stone and turning it into a boulder - the shapes are always true. I love the water swirling around it too. Beautiful pair of blown seed heads. Thanks for showing me what can be done with the Lyra Skintones set, now I'm really tempted to try them! Cool autumn leaf too.

I also really enjoyed your WDE photos and might still do another one or two before the week's over.

vhere
10-19-2010, 03:40 PM
I can't take credit for WDE photos I'm afraid! I haven't done any

Thanks everyone - Jean yes, do some autumn leaves. They are so lovely to work with and I love the richness you can get in the moleskine.

Robert I think you would really like the Lyra skintones - the cool/warm colours in it work so well for sketching, You can't get a real point though because they are chunky, so for anyone who finds that important they aren't so good. I think you need a deep dark blue as well to intensify the darkest darks and cool them down.

mhimeswc
10-23-2010, 08:00 AM
Love the seed heads, your paintbrushes, and that beautiful fall leaf.

vhere
10-23-2010, 11:12 AM
thanks Michelle :)

I need to get on with a brochure I'm doing for a friend and some paintings on canvas so this may not be added to very soon unless it's demos in class

vhere
04-12-2011, 06:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2011/53888-e__1__coloured_pencil.jpg

A4 size

a sketch of our resident tiger, who declined to pose as she had better things to do - so from a photo :)

viewpoint slightly above and she's sitting slewed, ready to move at the slightest hint of someone planning to draw

details of the scribbly marks and 'drawing' back in with an eraser

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2011/53888-e_detail_1_coloured_pencil_copy.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2011/53888-e_detail_2_coloured_pencil_copy.jpg

Himself was watching golf on tv - so I sat drawing

As usual there are some soft apricot areas that aren't picking up well, the pale colours just don't seem to :(

Afriqueen
04-12-2011, 10:19 AM
Love the details on you tiger. You have captured her paws beautifully. Mine is becoming very camera shy and simply refuses to pose for a photo - deliberately looks away. What funny creatures.

Lovely sketching - am enjoying your journal.

RainySea
04-12-2011, 12:28 PM
very nice drawing of Tiger. . . love how you show the close up of the fur textures, that is so helpful! really beautiful portrait and does look like she is keeping an eye on someone and ready to act :)

vhere
04-12-2011, 01:42 PM
thanks Gill and Rainy

I included the details to show how loose and scribbly it actually is - seeing images small tightens then up and makes them more photo-realist looking, which I'm not.

She used to play up to the camera when whe was a baby like a real diva and still doesn't mind it - she hates being stared at if I try to draw her from life though so they have to be really quick sketches

Kema
04-12-2011, 04:56 PM
What a gorgeous tiger! They do just feel you start to draw, don't they, and decide you need the challenge of 2 second poses...

DrDebby
04-12-2011, 09:05 PM
Beautiful cat drawings. A lot of animals are like that. Then again, so are some people. :)

vhere
04-13-2011, 10:10 AM
very true

here are some sketches of my class working - and moving. A Lot. So not that good, but good practice.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2011/53888-b_class_pics_2_copy.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2011/53888-c_class_pics_2_copy.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2011/53888-r__monday_class_001.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2011/53888-s__monday_class_001.jpg

2 done with Rotring Art Pen and water for wash - which doesn't work well in the waxy moleskine, rubbed in with fingers and bubbly looking.

The other 2 in pencil.

Joan T
04-13-2011, 11:50 AM
Love the autumn leaf and the cat!!! Good sketches of the students. You've got quite a variety here.

vhere
04-13-2011, 01:29 PM
yes, it's an anything-goes book :)

DrDebby
04-13-2011, 01:41 PM
Good practice sketches of people.

JamieWG
04-13-2011, 05:40 PM
Vivien, this is my first visit to this thread and I really enjoyed browsing through your folio Moleskine. I too am yearning to go bigger with the sketches these days. Love the still life sketch of the fruit, and such nice texture with the kitty. Looking forward to more.

Jamie

vhere
04-14-2011, 01:06 AM
thanks Debby and Jamie :)

yes, the smaler sketchbooks can be sort of cramping can't they? I've treated myself to the one that's double this size that recently came out (A3) - a really lovely size :)

RainySea
04-14-2011, 05:43 PM
I really admire your free and expressive lines. . . they are wonderful. I need to work a lot more on that sort of thing!

JTMB
04-14-2011, 11:49 PM
The cat is wonderful! And I'm so impressed with your quick sketches of your class.

vhere
04-15-2011, 02:52 PM
thank you :)

I did this A4 sketch today while my mother was having a check up with the dentist. I opted to sketch rather than sit in a boring waiting room. I don't very often do urban stuff, though I did do some in the waterways series.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2011/53888-e__fosse_road_north_april_11.jpg

done with a cheap biro (ball pen) so no erasing possible - lots of corrections and restating of lines!

RainySea
04-15-2011, 04:56 PM
Very nice. . . I really like working in pen and the way you restated the lines seems to have just added to this. Landscape are hard for me and have not much tried an urbanscape like this!

DrDebby
04-15-2011, 05:36 PM
Great sketch. Marvelous idea to stay out of the waiting room and sketch instead.

mhimeswc
04-15-2011, 11:23 PM
Hmmm.... I would rather sit in the car and sketch "urban stuff" than sit in a dentist's waiting room too. Nice sketch.

vhere
08-05-2011, 04:38 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001.jpg

This is the latest one in my A4 moleskine - a drawing of my daughters cat who sadly is no more.

She wanted one to remember her by - she was an absolute sweetie and the biggest chatterbox of a cat I've ever known.

I was a bit apprehensive because it was so important that the likeness was good and I caught her character - all was well - daughter burst into tears and said she LOVED it and it was exactly like her and her dreamy gaze, so phew! great relief!

Her blue eyes looked gorgeous against her fur. They are perfect in a drawing as a cool foil to all that warm fur as well :)

It will come out of the book so she can frame it - I'll stick a copy of it in where the page is taken out so the book still flows in a timeline.

Details:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_detail_face.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_detail_ear.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_fur_detail_fading_off2.jpg

I wrote it up on the blog with the the thought processes/technical processes if anyone is interested. I made changes, not copying the photograph exactly.

DrDebby
08-06-2011, 05:14 PM
Beautiful kitty. Glad you were able to please your daughter.

vhere
08-07-2011, 11:23 AM
me too :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_sleeping_crop.jpg

I've done a second one, a close up of her dozing in the sun

DrDebby
08-07-2011, 09:46 PM
Lovely, just lovely.

JTMB
08-08-2011, 02:37 AM
Gorgeous work on both cat images! Great remembrances for you and your daughter. We just lost one of our two old Labs in late June - always a tough thing to go through, but these pieces will make it a bit easier.

vhere
08-08-2011, 05:10 AM
sorry to hear that John - it is tough

and thanks :)

RainySea
08-08-2011, 08:15 AM
those are just beautiful. . . LOVE the dozing in the sun one. so warm and peaceful

vhere
08-08-2011, 05:58 PM
thanks Rainy :)

vhere
08-09-2011, 06:02 AM
thanks :)

here is an update - I think I still want to work on that foreground a bit

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_sleeping_2.jpg

darken it and narrow thos foreground whiskers a little

Kema
08-11-2011, 10:39 PM
Those are so beautiful! The one with the blue eyes looks like a wonderful thing to remember her by. You've got such a powerful feeling of a cat in the sun, glowing...

vhere
08-12-2011, 05:39 AM
thanks Kema :)

zebby
08-12-2011, 10:37 AM
the ones of your daughter's cat - they are exquisite - I like the first one too, your other cat, but you can see how important it was to you and your daughter to capture her cat's likeness - it's so ethereal and beautiful....

mhimeswc
08-12-2011, 11:06 AM
What a beautiful cat, and beautiful painting too. It's so great that you captured the personality of the kitty so much that your daughter loved it.

I love the eyes on the one you gave to your daughter, but the sleeping one is just so sweet.

vhere
08-13-2011, 07:11 AM
thank you :)

I think I have to do some more of my cat!

robertsloan2
08-15-2011, 04:16 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001.jpg

This is the latest one in my A4 moleskine - a drawing of my daughters cat who sadly is no more.

She wanted one to remember her by - she was an absolute sweetie and the biggest chatterbox of a cat I've ever known.

I was a bit apprehensive because it was so important that the likeness was good and I caught her character - all was well - daughter burst into tears and said she LOVED it and it was exactly like her and her dreamy gaze, so phew! great relief!

Her blue eyes looked gorgeous against her fur. They are perfect in a drawing as a cool foil to all that warm fur as well :)

It will come out of the book so she can frame it - I'll stick a copy of it in where the page is taken out so the book still flows in a timeline.

Details:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_detail_face.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_detail_ear.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_in_cp_001_fur_detail_fading_off2.jpg

I wrote it up on the blog with the the thought processes/technical processes if anyone is interested. I made changes, not copying the photograph exactly.

OMG this is wonderful! She is so beautiful and so sweet. You show her personality so much in this. She's adorable. I want to reach into the painting and scritch her. She looks like she liked attention.

robertsloan2
08-15-2011, 04:20 PM
thanks :)

here is an update - I think I still want to work on that foreground a bit

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/53888-e__jaffa_sleeping_2.jpg

darken it and narrow thos foreground whiskers a little

Aww she is a sweetheart. She looks so content dozing in the sun. These are so perfect I had to bump them both forward. I have to confess I wasn't paying attention to the foreground, my gaze is riveted on that sweet orange face washed in gorgeous sunlight.

Both of these are wonderful. I love the way these portraits are so personal and accurate, they're true portraits. Cat faces are like human faces, once you get used to them each individual has very distinct features and expressions. You're so good at doing their portraits as true portraits. There are levels way beyond mere accuracy and you've reached them - both of these are so full of emotion and lively intensity.

Truer than a photo, you have the spirit of this sweet cat.

vhere
08-16-2011, 06:26 AM
:o thank you so much!

that's what I was aiming for so it's wonderful that you feel I achieved it and that my daughter did too

I must print off some more of our cats to work from - I'm doing a lot of hospital visits at the moment and cp's are ok to work at the bedside.