Saturday, October 25, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - October


I really didn't think I would get anything done in time for the Virtual Sketch Date this month but this afternoon after putting the kiddies down for their nap, I decided to sit down and do a charcoal pencil sketch. I only spent about 45 minutes on this one (just a tad quicker than the 5-6 hours I spent on the coloured pencil peonies last month). I decided to crop the image for two reasons, firstly so I could actually get something finished in time and secondly because in the previous months I have really enjoyed seeing the interesting crops that other artists have done so I wanted to extend myself and try cropping rather than drawing the entire thing and I quite like the effect actually.
I also played around with the reference image on photoshop elements and put a film effect on it (makes it grainy) and then removed the colour so I would do something a bit looser for me.
Here is the original photo that this was based on. This was kindly provided by the very talented Belinda Lindhardt. I would recommend you check out her work as she does some amazing stuff with coloured pencils that I am in awe of.
I am looking forward to seeing all the other versions again this month. Basically check out the Virtual Sketch Date blog by tomorrow and you should see all the links for those that participated. It seems to be growing month on month and there is something really special about seeing just how creative and unique everyone's interpretations of the same image can be.


8 comments:

Leslie said...

I like the crop you chose. Did you do a larger piece and then crop it, or crop it first, then draw?
Very strong effect. Nice drawing.

Melissa Muirhead said...

Hi Leslie, I cropped it on the computer and then drew it based on the crop. There is actually white paper all around the outside in real life which I quite like framing it, I just couldn't take a straight photo so cropped the white border off before loading it here.

Jennifer Rose said...

this is a really nice drawing. Nice rough textures to your pears :D

Jeanette said...

This really has impact. I love the graininess you've given it and the really dark values.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Very nice charcoal piece - your crop and your technique make it very dramatic - I like it a lot!

Jan Pope said...

Nice composition and rendering. I like the close up.

Paulette said...

Nice work!
I like the high contrast and the feeling of texture.

Kari Gibson said...

Great crop and lovely work with the charcoal - great idea!