I wanted to take a moment and show off my latest, and actually finished drawing of Lupita Nyong’o. I had started her during the summer but didn’t really sit down and finish her until the beginning of October.
I entered her along with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, into the Arizona State Fair. I went to the fair a couple of weeks later and saw an “Honorable Mention” ribbon on Lupita! I was pretty shocked, its the first ribbon I’ve received for anything I’ve done before so it was a great surprise.
So I’ve been absent for a couple of months, but I’ve still been drawing a bit here and there. In late June I finished a portrait of my son.
I always find children to be difficult to draw because of the rounded and less defined features. Although I wouldn’t call this drawing one of my best, I’m proud of myself for doing it, and will most likely do my other son soon.
Just for fun one day I drew hair.
It was fun and relaxing to do since mistakes mean nothing when there is no face included.
Next was a figure drawing.
This one was fun. I used graphite powder to cover the whole surface of the paper, then i used my mechanical eraser to erase the outline. Kneaded eraser and pencil was used for the rest of the modeling of the figure. I did this in about 90 minutes.
I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do a master copy and most likely from a Mucha drawing. Well, I finally did one! Yay me!
This is just an iphone photo so some of the details are lost. I feel like I learned a little something about creating expression and texture with simple lines. Although I may not have put as much time into this as I should have, I was happy to do it.
I hope you enjoyed this. Follow me on instagram, @nicoledrawing, where I usually do post my most recent works.
It must experiment week, huh, because here’s something else that I’ve never tried before. The negative drawing. I’ve seen this on DeviantArt a lot and various places online. I always wanted to try it, just never did. The mood finally hit me last night and I had the perfect picture to use to make it simple, yet effective.
I actually don’t find drawing the negative space to be all that different than normal. It may end up being easier because it looks a little different, it’s easier to just focus on the tone and not the shapes and how you think the face should look.
So here’s the drawing. 9×12 inches. 4H, HB, and 8B graphite used.
And here’s the negative.
Pretty cool! It really does look like white chalk on black paper. I’ve seen some where people use colored pencil. But that’s beyond what I’m willing to do at this time.
I mentioned before that I’ve been loving art nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. Well, I finally created my own original art nouveau piece. It was fun and I’ll most likely do another one at some point. Since this was my first. I kept the design really simple. My biggest challenge is color. I really need to practice with choosing a color palette that works, and stick with it.
This was how I did this. I started with the drawing of the woman, staying minimal. I then, framed it up so I know where the rest of the design is going. This was only an 8×10 inch paper so I didn’t have much room to work with. I went through my Mucha books to gather inspiration for backgrounds. I choose to do a simple European countryside look and sun bursts on top. After laying it all out in pencil, I traced onto another paper with brown colored pencil and went on filling in the rest of the color from there and blended it in with colored pencil blending pencil and marker.
I used Prismacolor pencils and I think this only took a total of about 6 hours
In conclusion, I’m very proud of myself for doing this. I have no experience in art like this, but it’s not completely terrible. Yay! What do you think?
I went through a rut of no motivation. I wanted to draw but nothing was striking me as a desirable subject. I told my husband that I needed some inspiration. He sent me to the Phoenix Art Museum, by myself, to look at great art and get motivated. It was a great idea. I can always get something from other art, even if it’s not in a medium I use. I came away from that museum trip the thought that I just needed to start something. So the next day, I started Ewan McGregor.
It still takes me a while to draw with the new method I’ve learned, but I love the results.
It’s 8×10 inches. On Canford toned drawing paper. 2H-8B graphite pencil and white chalk pencil. About 12 hours.
Do you love Ewan McGregor? My favorite of his movies is Moulin Rouge. I also love Down With Love and Big Fish. If you haven’t seen it, I also recommend his motorcycle journey documentaries, Long Way Round and Long Way Down (my favorite of the two).
As I’ve been studying drawing this year, I’ve learned a little bit, and I mean a little bit, about doing a Master Copy. Supposedly, by copying an old master drawing, you learn about their techniques and what it takes to draw like a master. You’re supposed to pay attention to the strokes and figure put what they process was to get the result they did. I’ve avoided doing this so far because I don’t know if I would get much out of it. I also could never quite find a master drawing that I liked in a style I want to draw in. But that recently changed. You may or may not remember my “art nouveau inspired portrait” I did a couple months back. I’ve just loved Alphonse Muchas style, and that includes his drawings.
I was browsing a used book store recently and came across this book “Drawings of Mucha”! I snatched it in a second.
This book is like 4o years old, so I feel lucky to have found it. I’ve chosen a couple of drawings from this book that I loved and would love to try to copy, it’s just kind of daunting.
Has anyone else ever done a master copy? How did you feel about it?
Finished! Honestly, I lost motivation towards the end there, that’s why the clothing is pretty minimal. I was worried half way through that this wouldn’t turn out at all. Even though I’m not 100% happy with it, I’m happy with how it turned out. This is because the source picture was not the greatest quality when it came to lighting and clarity. But it’s done! On to other things!
The reason why I drew this picture was because of the sad sad news of Jonathan Crombie’s death. I learned about it at a bad time. I had been rereading the “Anne of Green Gables” book. I had just finished it and, *spoiler alert*, if you read the book or seen the movie, you know the 2nd to last chapter was when Matthew dies. I had cried reading it (seriously, it gets me every time), and then like 2 hours later, I saw the news of Crombie dying, and it really felt like Gilbert has just died! Right in the feels! It was a lot to take in one afternoon.
11×14 bristol paper. HB-6B graphite pencil. Approx. 12- 14 hours.
This is the last update, next will be the finished drawing. This time I completed the hair. Obviously, Gilbert’s hair was easiest here. Anne’s was a little more work. I still might go back to the hair to texture it a little more. I’m working on the clothing now, and always go over details all over the drawing to finish it off. Stay tuned!
I’m back! After a few busy days out of town, I was able to draw yesterday. This time I “completed” the mouths, cheeks, chins, and Gilbert’s ears. I’m having to be careful right now since the skin can start to look a little dirty the more I try to fix things. Next I’m going to draw the hair. I also need to decide how much detail I’ll be putting into the clothing. Anne is wearing a lace dress. If you’ve been here a while you know, I don’t like lace!
When I started this drawing at the beginning of the week, I thought I’d be done by now. This time I began working on the foreheads, noses, and the other eyes. It’s not looking the way I had hoped it would at this point, but I’m having to remind myself, I’m not even half way done. The lighting in the source picture is slightly flat, since it’s outdoors, so I’m constantly squinting at the picture and drawing so I can be sure to get much as contrast as possible. Did you know squinting is a great way to better see where the lights and darks are? I learned it from the online course I took, and it’s made a big difference.
This will also be my last update for this week. I won’t be able to work on the drawing again until Sunday night or, knowing me, maybe even Monday. I hope everyone has a great weekend!