Monday, August 30, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 7

Finally! Back to working on Wesley's face! I've lightened some areas and darkened others.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 6

More fun with the background! I added a few sections of darker values and used a kneaded eraser to create a few lighter values. The background now looks like out-of-focus foliage.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 5

Squirkles work magic for shading dog noses! I still have quite a bit of touching up to do on the face; but for now, on with the fur (and there’s lots of it).  

Friday, August 20, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 4

Finally - the drawing is  beginning to look like Wesley!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 3

More shading (with crosshatching) in the upper section of the background helps his white fur stand out from the white paper.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 2

Now that I know the shading in the background will work, I begin shading Wesley’s face (I used hatching and squirkling with HB, 2B, and 4B pencils).

Monday, August 16, 2010

Drawing Wesley: Part 1

A future project on Drawspace shows you how a softly rendered background can successfully separate a white subject from white paper. This is Wesley, the proud owner of my daughter Renée, and her husband Dave. The reference photo is not very clear, so I may have to do a little research on Maltese dogs.
First of all, I lightly sketch him on a 9 by 12 inch sheet of Arches, hot-pressed, 140 lb. watercolor paper. I then add a little light shading to the negative space on the right.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Another new drawing of a moth (by Brenda) is in progress - about 6 hours to get this far. Should take another 10-12 more hours to finish.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A warm fuzzie!

Sometimes in the chaos of life, a complete stranger reaches out and takes the time to touch your heart. Brenda received the following e-mail a couple of days ago and felt so happy that she decided to share it (with Breck’s permission of course):

Quick note, by taking your online classes I've gone from the first picture to the last. Thank you for your tips and teachings.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another new drawing by Brenda Hoddinott - soon to be a free lesson on Drawspace.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Another FREE lesson by Cindy Wider (J08: How to Draw with Charcoal) is added to Drawspace. Learn four popular techniques for drawing with charcoal.