Monday, May 31, 2010

Lake Chabot Park

A very long hike at Lake Chabot Park legs....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

I bought better tools this week. A charcoal pencil PITMO B and a jar of graphite powder which came just in time for this week's sketch. It would have taken me more than 3 hours if I draw this with pencil, powder is the way to go for big coverages. And the combo of charcoal pencil and powder leave my fingers relatively clean, I no longer have to leave a sketch session looking like a Dickensian coal mine worker.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

I used charcoal pencil this time, but later found out it wasn't a very good brand, it was a bit grainy. Plus shading the big area of the back took a looong time with my little pencil tip. I could have finished drawing the whole body in 3 hours if I wasn't painstakingly scratching away with my little pencil. Must acquire better tool next time.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SketchCrawl #27

I haven't been to SketchCrawls for such a long time, so I decided to go along with this one. Apart from enduring the horrifying smell of Bart, the temperamental weather and windiness of downtown SF, and the dispiriting long line of ferry building women's bathroom, my sketches turned out not too badly. Or so my engineering husband tells me. Either that's the truth or he's trying to make up for snoring all night last night.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

This time I tried using thin watercolor to build up layers, but I'm still not keen on how it looks. I've been thinking about going to oil for awhile now, maybe I should investigate some more.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday night long pose

Flesh color and lying down pose is hard... the subtle color and value change on the skin is hard to do right. I probably should have stick with warm tones for the shadow so I don't get confused with mixing skin color with cold color, but it was too late and there's not undo or color slider.