365 Days of Art: Day 327 – Drawing a Clove

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

Never before have I looked so intricately at a clove, and I probably will never again. A few things about drawing cloves:

  • Seriously, pick something bigger, especially if you need reading glasses. I seriously couldn’t really see this thing, and putting it closer to my eyes makes it worse.
  • It smells really nice, and now I want pie.
  • Draw it big. Don’t try to draw it life size or you will miss all the detail like I did.

Here it is:

Have a great evening folks. Tomorrow I’ll be spending most of my day in the kitchen prepping for Thanksgiving.

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365 Days of Art: Day 326 – Drawing Nutmeg

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

Once again, I couldn’t get started with any kind of artwork until 10:00pm. (No school means no car line.) Tonight, in keeping with Thanksgiving spices, I drew nutmeg. It looks very yummy, and I’m trying to remember why I keep reaching for the pre-ground stuff when I have whole nutmeg right here.

Anyway, here it is:

Have a great evening, folks!

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365 Days of Art: Day 325 – Drawing a Cinnamon Stick

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

Tonight, I didn’t get started until after 10:00pm, and I didn’t want to spend much of my time reading about drawing an item and then spending 30 minutes drawing an item. So I drew a cinnamon stick. Thanksgiving is coming up, and I’m hungry.

There’s not much to talk about with this one. Here it is:

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365 Days of Art: Day 324 – Drawing Lips in 30 Minutes

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

I did lesson two from You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes by Mark Kistler. Today’s little 30 minute exercise was drawing lips. I’m getting a little nervous because I only ended with 30 seconds left, and I’m hoping they don’t get longer.

I’m using my HB mechanical pencil for these, and it get hard with the darker contrasts. I think it’s because the lead is so tiny it’s hard to darken a large space.

Anyway, here it is:

He also had us do a donut drawing exercise using contour lines:

It’s not very exciting, but it’s fun, and it’s a good way to end the night.

Have a good evening, everyone!

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365 Days of Art: Day 323 – Drawing a Banana

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

I’ve decided to try some drawing techniques from You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes by Mark Kistler. I used his book, You Can Draw It In Just 30 Days, to teach myself to draw. This books seems to teach drawing objects using the underlying basic shapes to get it done faster. I will try it a few days and see how I like it.

Note: I’m not sure what is going on with my eyes today, but they are shot. I can barely read this as I type, so apologies in advance for errors.

Today, I started out with lesson 1: a banana. I also attempted to do a bonus exercise, but that didn’t turn out too well, and I will have to try to fix it tomorrow. Some notes:

  • I don’t know if this one is just really easy and they get harder or if I’ve just really advanced with my drawing skills, but it took me a lot less time than it was supposed to.
  • I’m still heavily relying on his reference picture instead of myself. I’m not sure if this is good, bad, or neutral.
  • I’m not comfortable with how he has the light on the banana. I think there are unknown shadows, but I’m not looking at his reference picture.

Unfortunately, my sketchbook is in my purse in my bedroom and my husband is asleep, so I will upload the picture tomorrow.

Update: Here is the picture:

It’s Friday and I’m exhausted, so I’m going to sleep. Have a great evening, everyone!

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365 Days of Art: Day 322 – Finished Water Lily

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

I finished the water lily picture early today. I did it while I stopped at Starbucks this morning after dropping my daughter off at school.

Basically, today I cleared up edges of some of the petals, darkened the lily pad, and I darkened the edges of the water on the left side.

I definitely see how thumb prints can be annoying. You will notice some dots in the water. I’m pretty sure one of them is oil from one of my fingers, which is really annoying.

Here it is:

I’m going to take the next 30 days and do a little group of projects from a drawing book. I will explain it more tomorrow. I’m hoping this will help me learn to draw from what I have in my head instead of relying purely on a reference picture.

Have a great day, everyone!

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365 Days of Art: Day 321 – Water Lily Drawing: The Background Makes All the Difference

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

I blended in the background water today and added the shadows, and wow, it changed everything! The flower no longer feels stiff. It puts everything into context. I could keep going on how important the background is, but well, the picture really is worth the words.

My problem with this was getting the super smooth water look on the paper with some tooth to it with nothing but a pencil and a blender. Here’s what I did:

  • I didn’t. Step number one of how to solve an unsolvable problem. Realize you can’t solve it and spend the extra time buying pizza. Seriously, I want to be a watercolor painter. Black and white graphite isn’t a big sell, and me you-tubing how to make 3/4 of your graphite drawing perfectly smooth isn’t going to help me get farther along with my watercolors. This drawing I’m doing is a means to an end. It’s making me a better artist, and it’s allowing me to enhance the craft while I’m stuck in car line.
  • I think next time I will use the water-solvable pencils. I need more practice with those anyway.
  • I used a circular motion with my blender and that helped.
  • I wonder if I should have done more layers with the pencil.

Anyway, water achieved. Now I simply have to tighten up the edges on the flower and figure out what to do with that lily pad. I think it is now too light.

Here is the water lily with the background:

Here is the picture without the background:

Sorry about the lighting differences. This one was taken in the car:

Here is the reference photo:

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265 Days of Art: Day 320 – Drawing the Lily Pad and Water

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

It’s late. It’s 10:40 and I’m only just now able to sit down and start blogging on this? So I will make it short. I worked on the lily pad today, and remade a discovery: shadows make things seem more realistic. I added a shadow to the lily pad because it was in the reference photo, and it adds so much to the drawing.

I also added the beginning layer of the water. The stub I carry in my bag is quite small, so I decided to hold off on blending it until tomorrow.

Enough talk. I’m exhausted. Here it is:

You can see the lily pad up in the top right. It’s darker in real life…

Have a great evening, folks!

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365 Days of Art: Day 319 – Water Lily Complete, on now to Lily Pad

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

I finished drawing the water lily and leaves today in car line. I’m going to start on the lily pad and end with the water part over the week. I have no idea how I’m going to do both of those, but I figure it will come to me as I work on it.

Health update: I finish my last prednisone tomorrow, but I’m now wheezing, so I’m monitoring everything to see if I have to go back to the doctor. Do not get this cold.

Here is what I have so far:

Here is my reference picture:

Have a great evening, folks!

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365 Days of Art: Day 318 – Finished the Water Lily Petal Detail

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

I had a little bit of time to draw today while Ellie was in church choir practice, and I finished drawing the petal detail on the water lily. A few things I’ve noticed about this particular project:

  • The reference picture I used has an extreme focal point. Only the very center of the flower is in focus. I’m having to decide if I want to blur the rest stylistically of draw it as though everything is in focus.
  • I have no idea how I’m going to draw the water…
  • I’m really noticing that my flower looks stiff. I’m hoping as I keep doing this that my art will relax and not be stiff and overworked.

So here is what I have so far. I still have to do the leaves, shadow, lily pad, and water:

It kind of looks like artichoke…

Here is the reference picture:

Have a great evening!

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