365 Days of Art: Day 179 – Drawing a Mountain Stream (Half-Done)

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

It’s 9:26pm. I’m on vacation here in Sylva, NC near the Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I just got my nightly firefly fix. Im going to attempt something I’ve been afraid to do, probably because of my lack of confidence in my artwork. Im going to draw a mountain stream based on a picture I took yesterday at Grave Yard Fields. This is from the “Lower Falls.” It’s not the actual lower falls, but it is part of the whitewater just downstream from it.

I’m using a basic Bic #2 mechanical pencil and a really bad blending stub, so we will see how this goes. it might end up becoming what we call a thumbnail sketch.

Progress: It’s 11:15, and I’ve gotten the entire picture sketched out, and about 1/2 of it done. I’ve got a headache, and my phone battery is running out, so I’m going to call it a night.

Things I’ve learned:

  • The eraser is just as much a tool in drawing as lifting paint is in watercolor. I used it tonight to lift out some of the pencil, and the results are astounding. Basically, it’s what I would call a game changer.
  • I also used the eraser to help create the illusion of water rushing down some rocks. I don’t have a lot of the water finished but there are a couple of places.
  • Nature is my happy place, so it would make sense that I’m enjoying this more than drawing a children’s block…

Here is my half-done drawing:

Here is my photo of the stream. (Special thanks to iPhone’s long exposure function…):

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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