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January 22, 2008

EDM Challenge #154: Draw a Lemon

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EDM Challenge #154: Draw a Lemon

I wanted to try to capture the moist cut surface of the lemon and used Masking Fluid to create the appearance of membranes.  I need to learn to use even a thinner application tool !  I love lemon flavor and wish I had time to make lemon squares with this lemon before bed! 

January 18, 2008

Art Supply Shopping Day

I had a completely free day on Wednesday - no work or family activities - or required errands.  For a full week I've been planning a slow leisurely trip to Pearl Paints on Canal Street in Manhattan.  Since I have not carried my recycled NY sketch book with me recently, I brought it and no other paper, 

As soon as I got off the subway I decided to sketch a roofline and water tank - one of my favorite NYC icons.  Then I browsed all 6 floors of Pearl Paints - picking up art supplies for my grandchildren and small new items for me (they have open stock Albrecht Durer WC pencils I can't resist).  I think I was in there more than 3 hours!  At lunch at Pain Quotidienne in Soho, I sketched a few of my new supplies and then a wall unit facing me in the restaurant.  What a wonderful day - full of inspiration and needed mind clearing relaxation. 

The map that is on the edge of each page is a piece of the end paper that I used for this recycled book that I used to cover the gap between the signatures.  The two pages were actually sketched on two different types of wc paper - I'm growing to love HP, tolerate CP, and hate rough!

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January 15, 2008

Face Sketching Practice

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More face sketching practice from magazine advertisement photos.  Unfortunately there is a piece of dust on the scanner and visible on two of the faces, but I'm too tired to go back and rescan them! 

The scan really shows a difference in the pupils that is not as apparent on the sketch.  I will definitely need to work on these.

January 14, 2008

EDM Challenge #153: Lemon Soap Wrapped in Plastic

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Four lemon-scented soaps in a clear plastic bag, purchased during our October 2005 visit to Sorrento, Italy: 

I need to spend time working with reflections - more now than ever!  It took me several days to find something to sketch and paint - and then I could see the reflections on the plastic, but just couldn't make them sparkle.  I know that these areas should be bright white, and the next time I try this I will mask the areas and try that. 

January 10, 2008

Figure and Face Practice

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I'm enjoying drawing figures and faces and hope to upload a few of my practice sketches each week.

Both of these sketches were from photographs and each was done with watercolor pencils.  I wet the figure and left the face dry. 

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