Week 27: Joy, by Sunnyside

Hat Tip Inspired by Mieczysław Rakowski. Mère à l’enfant, 1942, found at Polish Art Corner. Happy Sunday! 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 25: Do Over, by Sunnyside

Well, I Had To Try Again Seeing the first Week 25 image bugged me every time I looked at my home page, so I tried again today with the goal of correcting the head tilt (which I lost last time). I also used larger sized charcoal paper so I could work on the face details….

Week 21: After Dorothea Lange, by Sunnyside

Practice Goals My initial goal in this exercise was to practice placing the four figures on the page. Beginning with a perfectly composed photo like this one made this much easier. That hand, however, was a bugger. I know nothing about drawing hands – and that shows! See Original Photo Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother Dorothea…

Week 20: After Rubens, by Sunnyside

Hmmm…I need to try this one again — much to learn here. Since I did not have time to tone my paper with watercolor as he suggested, I tried using tinted charcoal on tan sketching paper for the background. I never could tell whether we were supposed to be using graphite or charcoal on the…

Week 19: After Ligozzi, by Sunnyside

Quick Sketchbook Exercise I am planning to try a charcoal drawing copying Christ’s face in Jacopo Ligozzi‘s Christ Carrying the Cross, so I practiced with a quick value sketch today using graphite. See full image At Sunnyside: Jacopo Ligozzi: Christ Carrying the Cross (1604) Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 18: She Sees, by Sunnyside

First Portrait In the last few weeks I have drawn an isolated eye, nose, mouth, and ear, but this is my first time trying a whole face. I did not finish, but I am satisfied with my earnest effort and am looking forward to working on a portrait drawing course next. Thanks for Visiting 🙂…

Week 17: Hit Refresh, by Sunnyside

This is a lesson on The Virtual Instructor paid site. I want to try again on different paper and experiment with using powdered graphite, which I did not have today. Lots to practice and learn when I repeat this one! Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 15: Chimichonga, by Sunnyside

First Solo No video lesson this time! I took the reference photo on my iphone, edited in photoshop, made a gray scale, and did this quick value study in charcoal in preparation for trying a pastel portrait of this adorable little fellow. Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 12: Supper Time, by Sunnyside

Learning to Improvise Though I had no black paper as used in the lesson, I really wanted to draw this handsome fellow. I used grey paper and my new tinted charcoal and tried to figure out the values myself. Plan: Try again and pay more attention to edges and angles. Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 11: Hunting, by Sunnyside

Home Again Well, I have been traveling for several weeks and could not draw, so I caught up with several lessons today. This is a lesson from The Virtual Instructor’s paid site. Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 4: Wanted, by Sunnyside

No Self-Critique Today This little guy is looking at me with those big eyes…..lol. Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Week 3: Cheers! by Sunnyside

What I Want to Practice: Finding a starting place Using gestural drawing to map out the composition on the page. Using correct proportion Understanding perspective Using contour lines for emphasis Experimenting with eraser for highlights Knowing when to stop (exercise vs finished drawing) My Plan Watch video in full, then try to draw using only…

David Kitler and Messages Mothers Give Children

  “God is an amazing designer. The closer you look, the more there is to see…“ quote from David Kitler I have a large collection of vintage nature prints on my computer and a smaller collection of originals on my walls — most are by artists long passed away, but remembered for their amazing work….