Sunday 26 June 2011

Another weathered leaf

Sketched at Pretoria Botanical Gardens. HB pencil on printer paper, size A5:

Saturday 25 June 2011

Glass, metal and plastic

An empty mustard jar and penny whistle. Couldn't quite capture the metallic look of the whistle's tube. lots of other problems I can see as well, now that the thing is done! But who knows, another few hundred such sketches and they might begin to look like something.

Thursday 23 June 2011

A still life or two

Let's see if Blogger will let me post pictures now. Two recent still life setups, neither really particularly successful:

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Blogger acting up again...

Here we go again: I try to upload a picture to the blog, but the software simply flatly refuses. Well, I'll give blogger a day or two to sort out the problem, after which I suppose I'll have to go back to LiveJournal. Sigh...

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Apple and banana

I have been struggling to draw this particular cultivar of apple ("Royal Gala"- they are difficult to draw but absolutely delicious); all those intricate little patterns tend to confuse me. I always get hopelessly lost in detail, and after a while I cannot remember which particular little patch of red I am working on anymore. This one does look marginally better than some of my previous attempts, I think, so perhaps there is some progress. Anyway, one of the advantages of this sort of subject is that you get to eat your models after the drawing session, thus destroying all the evidence and ensuring that no one can come and claim that you got this or that little detail wrong.

Thursday 16 June 2011

Mug and light bulb

Battled a bit with this one, but I think I did learn the one and other. For example, if you want white objects to look like they are white in your drawing, put them against a dark background instead of on a sheet of white paper!

HB mechanical pencil; a bit smaller than A4.

Tuesday 7 June 2011