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This is a drawing that I have been meaning to do since I saw the first Hobbit film. I really can't say how long it took me to draw since I was drawing it when I had a bit of time here, and a bit of time there. This is only the first step for this piece as I am going to add thin washes of oil paint and some other things to this piece. Don't worry, I'll upload the finished piece and post it when I'm done.
Welcome to March, with a bit of February on the side.
Last night I was down at one of my favorite places to draw, Panera Bread. What?!? Panera Bread are you kidding? No I am not. Not only do they have good food, but they also let me sit and draw as long as I like and drink a cold beverage. Can you say raspberry ice tea? Yum!
Back to our story, already in progress. I had started the drawing of the girl a couple of days before. That is I did a rough pencil sketch then started inking in the outlines with different pens. Almost as soon as I had my drawing pad out, a fellow patron of Panera said how much they liked what I had done. To be honest, that is always nice to hear. Then after eating, I finished the inking then added color using Copic markers then added highlights using white colored pencil and a white marker. Finally, I used an airbrush attachment to my markers and darkened the background. Before I scanned the drawing, I added a bit more color using colored pencils.
The wishing well drawing took a bit longer. I worked on it over the course of a couple of weeks. There was no pencil sketch, I just started with drawing one of the roof supports of the well then let the drawing grow organically from there. A tree here, some flowers there. Here a stone there a stone...well, you get the picture. Pretty soon, the drawing was finished and I once again broke out the markers. It's really cool when you think about it because I basically made my own coloring book then I got to color it all in. Once I had the colr down, I used a white colored pencil to add highlights.
I don't know about the 3.4 readers of my site, but I really like theres two. Many lessons learned and experiments tried.
I was asked by a student of mine "What's the difference between a sketch and a drawing?" What a great question! My answer was a sketch is quick and just gets down what you need to create a more finished drawing. That is, like taking notes during a lecture. Every once in a while, you like your sketch so much that you can say it's as good as it's going to get and consider it a finishe drawing. What?!? Yep. As the artist, it's up to you to say when a drawing is finished.
I drew the images below at a figure drawing session last weekend. The first one I really consider a sketch as it quickly shows the pose and roughly where the shadows are on the figure. The second I feel is a drawing as it shows depth and dimension and is more tighly rendered than the lightly sketched image above.
You can see more drawings from last weekend's figure drawing session by clicking here.
Both of these drawings started out as rough pen sketches. I didn't even use one of my normal drawing pens, but one that was just laying around.
I did the Mountain Valley drawing first at around 7:00 in the morning after driving for two hours to San Diego. I started by simply sketching a tree, then built upon that. A while ago a friend of mine gave me one simple phrase that has really helped me when I'm drawing a picture from my mind. It's something that I really used while drawing both of these drawings..."And then what happened?" So with this in mind I added some bushes, then another tree, then some weeds, a waterfall etc. The next thing you know there's a deer drinking from the lake. I pulled out my markers and added color.
The same thing happened with "Nightwatch." I started by drawing the back of the saddle then the cowboy and horse. Once I had the horse and rider completed I had to think of just what the heck he's doing. Do I drew some grass to show that the rider in on a ridge. I then sketched lines to represent the backs of cattle then broke out the markers!
I like the way that both drawings turned out and I think I will do larger pieces of both of these.
So the next time that you're drawing, ask yourself...and then what.