Thursday, April 19, 2012


Here she is! My first still life is finished. It was quite an adventure and I did learn some things about combining charcoal and graphite. If I had to do it over again, there are some techniques I would have changed, but overall I am happy with how it came out.

I used graphite for the lamp, glasses and open book pages. Since I did make the graphite quite heavy in the shadow areas, it made it hard to photograph because of the reflective nature of the material. But with some angled lighting I think the photo accurately represents the real-life drawing.

Prints are available.

Now, back to some animals!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIP - Still Life II

I have to admit that drawing books is kind of fun. It is actually pretty easy to use the indent method to get white words on a dark background. The two groups of books are done in this photo, and I started on the open book. My next step will be the lamp, however. At least the lampshade.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

WIP - Still Life

I have made some progress on the still life. I am quite happy with the books, but the globe still needs some work (and I need to finish that before I move on to the next part). My problem now is the graphite tabletop. I cannot get the shadow from the books dark enough with graphite, and I cannot put charcoal on top of existing graphite. All things to figure out. This is why I started this project.