Friday, March 19, 2010

A new drawing!



















Yes, Raymond Blanc may well look surprised! After such a long slump, I'm surprised I haven't forgotten how to draw! I thought he'd be a fitting subject as he's been inspiring me with his TV show Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets. Taking a complete break from drawing and doing other creative things has been really beneficial.

After a long break, and especially with not drawing on white paper for a while, you forget all the shortcuts and you're open to learning anew. I started off here in the same way I would a drawing on brown paper - with Derwent pencils and a loose scribbly technique but had to quickly adjust. After a layer of Derwent Gold Brown and a bit of Rose Pink, I went back to my Lyra pencils as they just seem to work better with cartridge paper. (Could well be my imagination so don't take this as a fact!) Back with my favourite, Venetian Red, but there is a lot of Burnt Ochre, a bit of Cinnamon, Magenta and Warm Slate Grey (gosh, this sounds like a recipe!). A dash of Derwent Smalt Blue in the background and a big slug of Luminance Black for the hair. The hair I'm not happy with as the Luminance pencils are waxy and not so easily manipulated. I used tissues and tortillons on the skin but I had to keep layering the black. It wasn't working at all so I just went for coverage rather than detail.

Drawn on Winsor & Newton cartridge paper.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New template


Funnily enough, I was on my other blog last night changing the header because I thought it was looking a bit tired. Then I saw that Katherine, of Making a Mark had posted some links on Twitter regarding Blogger's new templates. What a coincidence! I think these ones are much more 'me'! But what do you think - are they OK on the eyes? Initially Sketches by Fiz had a black background which I quickly changed to a dark grey. Even so, I still felt it needed to be a shade lighter but I couldn't find the exact thing I had in mind. Oh, but I like this brown, especially with my brown paper portraits!

Anyway, I'm still feeling my way around - the posting template and the HTML is different and I'm not sure it will publish the way I like it, but I think I've settled on these two backgrounds - I have a lighter one for Felicity's Philosophies.

Hmm, I think this will inspire me to get drawing again! In the meantime, here is Alex when he was younger looking cute!