February 4, 2011
I have been “itchin-to-sketch” since I haven’t sketched anything since I sketched my daughter’s Senior
portrait in early December. Imagine that….me wanting to sketch!
I found a picture of a swimmer in flight on the internet. Since I’ve been in or around pools almost my entire life, I thought I could pull this off (swimmers are what I’m comfortable with). Plus…..faces are H.A.R.D !
I had to show you how I always want to make the people I draw a little skinnier….the lower picture is more accurate because it’s been thickened up.
Check out this little white-stubby-pencil like thing. It’s just wrapped paper, and it’s super good for blending, much better than kleenex (which has a tendency to leave little white specks behind…joy!)
I think I figured it out…..blending is the name of the game!! Put your graphite down in areas where it’s suppose to be dark….then just start blending. This isn’t a good example of blending because the above pic hasn’t been blended too much.
Oh, No!! Hands…..two of them…..this is not going to be fun!!
I used 111 lb. Heavyweight Medium texture drawing paper for this…..and it still shows that darn stippling. My DH thinks it makes it more interesting…..but it bugs me!
I enjoyed sketching the cap and goggles, the crease lines aren’t exact but I like it like this.
I think I’ll attempt the pool in the background, but not as a sketch. I’d really like to use watercolor pencils for this portion, but this paper could not handle it…..Ugh!! I’m showing this to you now, before I’ve finished it because if I totally mess up the background at least I’ve got this documented. LOL!!
Thanks for watching the parade-of-pictures here!! How would you draw the background?
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- By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden