Friday, January 27, 2012


A small quick drawing done this evening ... I did not like it all that much  - the perspective is really off in the head but thought I might do the same subject later and try to improve on it.  Then I had the idea to distort it digitally and see what it might turn into.  So here are a couple of the distortions .. which I think could be made into decent prints.
I could go on playing around with these to get something that I like ... but I think I'll go to bed and look at them tomorrow :)  I think I like the second one .. maybe with some of that dark chopped off the bottom.
I used a Cretacolor Nero pencil for this drawing .. I'm still a bit tentative when using it as it can be erased but not as easily as graphite.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mushroom sketch

Well .. here I am again .. drawing mushrooms to keep my hand in.  These were destined for the horses trough as they were past their use by date.  Feeling rusty after not drawing much lately I decided to flex my drawing fingers on them last night.  I recently bought some new Cretacolor pencils and I'm trying out the 'Nero' extra soft on this drawing.  These pencils are Oil based and very smooth.  I discovered it's best to sharpen them with a knife after breaking two of the precious leads in a regular sharpener.  The 'Nero' is actually charcoal mixed with oil.  I have often looked for these pencils as I have used them in the past and found them on-line in the little country town of Glen Innes at 'Colours on Grey'
See image below - they come in a nice tin with a selection of six oil based pencils.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Blue Vase

I do have a small selection of Still Life pastel drawings that I did some time ago - last year (I think).  This is one of them - it's quite small from what I remember.  It's done with pastel pencil and Conte hard pastel sticks on Fabriano Paper.  At one time I set up some still life arrangements and photographed them so that I could work on them later - not the usual thing to do with still life but in my limited working space it works ok for me as I usually change and rearrange things as I work on the paper.  I must try to settle into drawing more often as I can feel myself getting very rusty.