Drawing: Nicaise

I mentioned a while back that I reused the concept for this sketch for a ProMarker drawing. Well, this was the drawing I was refering to.

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I had just recently purchased som new ProMarkers, among them “ginger” so I could finally do red hair properly. I’m so happy with how it turned out. The colours I used for the hair was aforementioned “ginger”, and then “raw sienna” and “burnt sienna” for shadowing. It turned out really nicely.

The perspective’s a bit off, as I attempted a frog perspective and didn’t quite get it to work out. I’m happy with the colours and shadowing, but really need to practice doing portraits from some odd angles.

This is sort of how I imagine Nicaise from the book trilogy Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. He’s a vicious, pretty thing and one of my favourite characters.

September 2nd 2016.

Sketch: Gravestone at the Cemetery

I met up once again with the group of Urban Sketchers. This time we went to another cemetery, called Norra kyrkogården (Northern Cemetery.)

I found an interesting gravestone to draw:

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I wanted to work on perspective and on drawing a scene, not a lone structure. This oddly shaped gravestone with its benches and the bushes that flanked it on either side gave me an opportunity to work with this.

Experimented a little with structure on the left bush and didn’t feel too happy with the result, but felt that I had to commit once I’d started. I felt a little happier with it the next day. The empty space behind the gravestone bothered me, but adding the trees in the bakground would make it feel cluttered. Now I’m not too bothered by it. I feel that a lot of my craft knowledge is coming back, piece by piece, and that it’s getting easier to get back into the rhythm of things.

September 11th 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Snape

If you’re looking for any logic to how I choose which drawings to show you, there won’t be any. I’ll just pick some random old picture which I like.

snape

I did the sketch for this back in, maybe, 2009. It then sat forgotten as a couple of lines in a sketchpad until last year, when I dredged it up and decided to finish it. For some reason I decided against cleaning up the sketch, even though the hands are a mess. I hadn’t done any work in charcoal for a while, but I’m still rather happy with how this turned out. It’s recogniseable as Snape.

April 2015.

Sketch: Still Life

I turn to my living room at times for inspiration, and after my mother’s birthday this lovely composition happened to catch my eye.

still lifeI liked how the boxes where sticking out from the table, combined with the lantern and vase of roses. I wanted to practice hatching and crosshatching, so I felt that ink pens were a natural choice. And I was still really happy with my purchase and wanted to use them as much as I could. I’m really satisfied with how this turned out.

August 29th 2016.

Drawing: Merriman Lyon

So after doing some sketches, I decided to try to get back to drawing with ProMarkers.

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As I had just re-read Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – her series is a childhood favourite – I wanted to draw one of the principal characters from the books: Merriman Lyon. His face as I imagine it is rather interesting and this picture turned out really close to what I wanted.

I struggle with drawing white hair. And wild hair. If anyone has any suggestions for how to do it better, what colours to use, I’m all ears. I ended up using ivory, cool grey 2, cool grey 4 and ice grey 2.

August 24th 2016.

Sketch: Interior of a café

After the trip to the graveyard, it took me a while to get together with the Urban Sketchers group again. Life got in between: I had to dog sit, was ill, got tied up in other activities. But I really enjoy these get togethers so I decided to go.

We were supposed to sketch at another park called Kärleksparken (the love park), but the weather wasn’t with us so we had to seek refuge in a café instead.

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I decided to draw the bar from where I was sitting, using ink pens. I felt that the drawing ended up being a little too detailed. I feel that the best part of the picture are the lamps, because I like the way the shadows show the shape and light.

August 28th 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Young man in front of garden window

I used to do a lot of water colour paintings, and it’s one of those things that I really miss. Last year I tried to do a landscape painting, but it turned out so horrible that I threw down the brush and haven’t dared to turn back.

2012 was one of those years where I did a lot of water colour paintings that turned out really good.

youngman

This is one of my favourites from that year. It’s based on a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch (I’m a huge fan) and I love how I used the colours and the shadowing. The colour palette is really nice.

I want to return to this medium, but I’m sure there’ll be a few growing pains. Maybe I should just get started and try not to care when the result turns out piss poor.

April 2nd 2012.

Drawing: Detail from my living room

I’ve run into trouble with my own categorisations. What do I call this drawing? It’s some sort of interior drawing, but I don’t quite know what to call the category. Suggestions?

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Since I was all out of ink pens, I had to go out and buy a set. That’s one thing I feel I can’t do without when it comes to drawing. I had to test them out immediately and did a quick sketch of my living room. While I wanted to do it in black and white, I decided to add a splash of colour using ProMarkers for the potted plants. But still keeping a little messy to go with the sketch-feel of the picture.

I like the shapes and shadows in the picture.

August 20th 2016.

Sketch: Nicaise

Joining up with Urban Sketchers got me out of my rut and now I been drawing slightly more prolifically than I have been since 2015 and before I got ill. While I was down with a cold, I decided to do a quick portrait.

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I originally wanted to do it in ink pen, but as I rummaged through my art gear I realised that I had used them all up and never bothered to replace them. Hmph. So I had to make do with a black ProMarker, which made the lines so much thicker than they were in my imagination.

At the time, I wasn’t too happy with it but I rather like it today. There’s something about his expression that’s really sweet and the shadowing’s quite nice. At the time I had been reading C. S. Pacats final book in the Captive Prince-trilogy and one character that was on my mind wasn’t even in the book, but I still wanted to draw him after finishing the book. So this is kind of a sketch of Nicaise. Kind of.

I later revisited this concept and did a drawing in colour using ProMarker.

August 4th 2016.

Sketch: Graveyard

As I mentioned earlier today, I did a second sketch at the graveyard. I called it “quick and dirty,” which is kind of what it is:

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I kept it really, really simplistic. Basically I just wanted to capture the graves, the hedges and the wall farther behind them. Even while it’s so basic, I still like it. I like the lines, the shadowing, the feeling in the picture. Sometimes even a really simple sketch like this will turn out rather well.

July 24th 2016.

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