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Lots of art, yesterday and today...

Red and Yellow Come To Me
3" x 5" approx. (cropped on 5" x 7" sheet)
Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
White Rising Stonehenge paper.

That's the best I've done since I got up. There's more though! During the afternoon while I was goofing off playing Diablo II yesterday, Ari came up to lay on the scanner. So I sketched him. He dozed and I sketched him again. He held his pose for 20 minutes, what a sweet cat!

Ari's Scanner Nap
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
9B graphite pencil on small Moleskine sketchbook, the thin-paper one.

Twila came up in the evening for art and we settled on pastels for the evening's lesson and experiment.

Tiger Lily I -- Memory
8 1/2" x 11"
Cretacolor pastel pencils
Dark green Canson Mi-Tientes smooth side.

Then I found a reference on WetCanvas posted to the Reference Image Library by stalksthedawn and used the same materials to do a second piece on the same subject.

Tiger Lily II -- Photo Reference
8 1/2" x 11"
Cretacolor pastel pencils
Dark green Canson Mi-Tientes smooth side.

I like the one from the reference better, though Twila thinks the more geometric, simplified memory sketch is equally beautiful. I can see now that I need to draw lilies more often to get really used to their structure and not go oversimplifying it. I was wrong about those two longer structures (Stamens? Pistils? Anthers?) anyway, they don't just have larger things on the end. Unless in the reference those had been knocked off, there's always that. I didn't scan it but I've also got a sketch page of stems and a carnation.
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Aug. 28th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh, those are all awesome. I know I probably said this before, but a lot of your work reminds me so much of those little nature books, i think they're called Golden Guides. The marbles are really neato too :)
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! Yes, I used to like that sort of nature books. Sascha has a couple of them. I hope I can build up imagination and memory well enough that I can go from wildlife drawing and painting to prehistoric wildlife. Nature art always lowers my pain levels, it's one of the things like novelwriting that has its own rewards.
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Aug. 30th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you! Purr. Try it sometime, I know you could do something incredible like that. Sometimes I let the grain show, sometimes I don't, it depends on what I'm doing and how I want it to come out. I like the polished burnished look and also like having some of the grain show on other pieces. They're just different looks to me.

Awww you should draw Harley when she's sleeping! Cats are so cool. I like your hummingbird gryphon avatar, that looks great. Wow thanks about the lily from memory. I need to do more of them, I'll get better at them if I do them more often.
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