Friday, July 23, 2010

Finished Family Portrait in Graphite

My finished graphite family portrait is finally ready to unveil! This is a gift to one of our first foreign exchange students we hosted about 20 years ago. And yes this is her, 20 years later, still lovely, with her beautiful family.

I used #2 and #5 pencils. Its dimensions are about 24" x 24".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Drawing My Hand in Watercolor

I felt like practicing a little life drawing today, by painting and drawing my own hand! This painting is 6" x 6".

I've been following several "daily painting" art blogs. These artists do a small painting a day - every day (or almost everyday) and post it on their blog. Many painters find it hard to find time for painting because of other responsibilities like jobs, family, school, or whatever, especially if painting is not their full-time profession. So their artistic skills don't improve as quickly as they'd like. By making a one to two hour commitment to paint one small painting every day they keep their skills up and improve more quickly. Most of these artists then sell them on their blog, on an online store, or an auction like ebay.

Two of my favorite daily painters are Carol Marine and Ali Cavanaugh. They paint full time and are my no means amateurs!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Family Portraite in Graphite

My recent Family Portrait in Graphite is finally finished and on it's way! they should receive it in about a week. That's why you still only get to see a "teaser"for now! I'll post the whole thing in about a week

I did this with a #2 and #5 pencil. I used no shading stump of finger to create shading, just very tiny, light cross-hatching pencil marks.

A nice-looking portrait subject is always a joy to draw or paint. And this is a very nice-looking family so I hope they like it!