Monday, March 29, 2010

Pencil sketch - rodeo cowboy bullrider

My thing lately is pencil drawings. It's great not having to worry about colour......but light and highlights take on a whole new meaning when it's just black and white.

I decided this weekend to purchase a magnifier with light. Now I can't use the excuse "I couldn't see it" when I screw up. I thought I'd show you my practise run :)

The top photo is of my "start". I have my reference photo and another aceo I did to peek at as I draw. You will see that I have transferred my drawing onto the paper and have started colouring in. I decided to try charcoal this time and not graphite pencil. Both have good points but I really thought I had more control with the graphite.

Here it is looking through the magnifier. It is awesome seeing the fine detail so see the screw ups too!

This is the stage I left it at today. I have more work to do on it, but it's coming along. I'm still battling with the "shine" I get on the darker areas. I'm still not too sure what to do about this....but figure sooner or later I'll figure it out.


Marlene said...

It is looking awesome!

Pencil Sanity said...

This is very nice work. I can see lots of detail that you are working in. Nice going.

Sandrine said...

Looks great so far!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I love my magnifier and light too! But you are right, sometimes you see too much :-)

Doreen said...

That's a great buy, would love to have one when I am working on detailed eyes are not what they used to be.
I love what you're doing in pencil and charcoal, excellent work Lee!

Crafty Sue said...

That's a great idea!
You must be careful about your eyesight working on such small proportions.
Awesome art work!

DEB said...

Great job Leola!! Your magnifier is much fancier than mine, and I don't know what you mean by shine, but in the end you can spray the piece with Prismacolor fixative. I use matte, and it will get rid of any reflective surfaces on your piece.