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Old 09-25-2010, 03:07 PM
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Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))



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.



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I don't burnish cp's - I like the marks and scribbles to show.
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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!
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Re: Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))

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.
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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.
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Re: Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))

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.....
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AMAZING piece, LOVE the line work and the movement it creates - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
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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.
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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
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Re: Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))

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.
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Wonderful idea for starting to draw. And your drawing is great.
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I like your drawing style Vivien, very descriptive and full of character (even when drawing something so simple)
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THis is such a simple YET elegant drawing, just love how they tell the story of many years of loved use.
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Re: Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))

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.
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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.
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Re: Folio moleskine (nice largish book 8.5 x 11.5 ins))

Thanks Joan



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.


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