Below is the final image for my rural scenery drawing of the fieldhouse and skatepark in Langdon, Alberta.
I am thrilled to have finished it in time for my first art show since high school (Art on the Boardwalk Show: Langdon Alberta) this weekend. Whether good or bad, I am looking forward to some feedback on the pieces I have selected for the show.
I used to work, almost exclusively, in ink. I really missed it and am looking forward to doing a few more urban/rural scenes in ink.
The paper was fantastic to work on. I have never used the Daler-Rowney drawing paper before. I usually stick to Strathmore and Canson brands. However, the ink worked so beautifully with this paper that I will be buying some more Daler-Rowney paper when I use this pad up. I am excited to experiment with coloured pencil on the paper as well.
I really like how this piece turned out. The rock is a little more phallic-looking than I would have liked. The rock IS shaped this way, however my line placements may have accentuated bits to make it seemingly more so.
While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.
They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.
These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping. They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke. I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.
Above is a sketch of Frankie, played by the talented Lily Tomlin, from the TV show “Grace & Frankie.” The illustration is done in Laurentien coloured pencils (or pencil crayons, as some may say). Yes, the same coloured pencils that I used all through elementary school.
I found them a little difficult to blend and after a while the tooth of the paper would not accept any more pigment. While I do not think I will be completing any masterpiences with the Laurentien coloured pencils, I will be using them again. After all, I have a huge tub full; waste not, want not.
Back in 2010; I liked the style of ink illustrations. Sometimes I would outline my illustration in pencil, overlay the ink and then erase any residual pencil marks. Sometimes I would wing it and use ink from the get go. But the majority of the time I would do a combination of ink and Red Copying pencil.
I was living and studying in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the time and did many illustrations from in and around the city; such as the ink drawing at The Forks in the image below.
I did quite a few illustrations in this style including a series of fan art inspired from the TV series “Lost” which I was addicted to at the time.
I am still a fan of this style, but for the most part have veered away from it in favour of more realism and more colour.
Lately, I have been drawing with coloured pencil and with the popularity of adult colouring books, the medium is everywhere! Very exciting.
I started using them while pregnant to minimize my risk to toxic solvents. I like how easy they are to travel with: no water or brushes needed, no drying time and just a pencil sharpener required.
The owl drawing was completed with Derwent Coloursoft (36). I will always remember when I bought them at a local art store. Being a coloured pencil newbie, I asked an employee, “How many do you think I need to start.” The employee gave a small knowing smile and said, “With art supplies, it is never a matter of need, but of want.”
How very true! And after working with the medium, I want more.