Recovery Day

Today was a very relaxing day. I’ve been working more on art this past month than any month previous and I needed a recovery day.

That is not to say that I didn’t do anything. I still keep moving forward. I just turned down the intensity.

The Alphacolor pastel is really great for covering the paper with tone but I feel that is the extent of its usefulness. It lacks subtlety. I’ll be using the Alphacolor for the rest of the drawing but most of the detailed work will be done with the conte a paris 1710 pencils, kneaded eraser and graphite.

The only thing close to done on this portrait so far is the eye on the right and this is only because of subtle layering done with the 1710’s.

Jack Sparrow Drawing

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Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

I’m using charcoal today and I’ve confirmed that I prefer the ability of graphite to move smoothly over the paper. The conten a paris 1710 are just too scratchy with limited directions.


The 250 box challenge continues! I rushed this page a bit, probably part of my need for a recovery day.

draw a box exercise

Modeled Drawing

I’m still working on this long drawing. I won’t spend as much time on it as The Natural Way to Draw wants but I’m learning a lot regardless.

When using a very fine point to shade you have to pay close attention to the movement of the form. If your strokes shade that area in the wrong direction it will confuse the form and how it fill space. If you look closely at the pectoral on the left you will see this happening.

modeled drawing

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I was tired of drawing the same stuff in the office/studio so I went to the kitchen and sketched our drink stand.

The daily composition is of an older couple enjoying their time together at the park looking out at the bay.

daily composition and sketch

What went well?

I had a very relaxed recovery day by taking my time and not getting too intense in my art. But I did put in 3.5 hours still… I need to change my concept of a recovery day…

What needs work?

If you’re going to take an off day, then really take an off day and go super easy.

What did I learn?

Alphacolor is great for covering big space with tone and not much more. Plus you must really know form to use a fine point in shading. Finally, at the moment it seems 100 to 110 hours of art a month is my limit until I increase my endurance slowly.

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