Sunday, 17 February 2013

A Step Too Far



Have you ever gone too far in a drawing or painting?  I have frequently.  Today’s drawing for 29 Faces and Sunday Sketches is a glaring example of that.  Funnily enough I decided to scan the drawing as I went.  Looking at the scans I could have stopped at any stage.  However the last one was definitely a step too far.
Face 16 and 17


This drawing was from a photo I had taken last year at a concert in the park.  I just loved how the girls were so absorbed in the music that they didn’t realize that they were sitting in the glaring hot sun, and that everyone else had moved their picnics to under the trees.  I would have been quite happy to leave the drawing at this point.  But I wanted to test drive the new Inktense pencils I brought last week.


I am happy with the girl with the hat, but not so happy with the other girl.  I’ve lost the look I wanted and captured in the first drawing.  I am starting to overwork her.


Fixed up the face of the girl behind as much as I could, luckily I was using 200gm paper It takes a lot of rubbing out.  I have started to add the colours in layers.


A step too far!  It doesn’t show so much in this scan but the background is yellow green.  What was I thinking!  Looking at them on the screen I think I like no 1 and 2 the best.

If I wanted to save the drawing, I think I would do it again and finish somewhere between 2 and 3!  Anyways, they are my Face 16 and 17 for the 29 Faces challenge, go there and check them out!  I am having a break from faces tomorrow; I have to tidy up my work space.  I can‘t find anything!

After all that detail I needed some light relief!  Here is a watercolour I did using ink intense pencils along with good old traditional watercolour.  I love these Inktense pencils!  Also, I adore the blue of the hydrangeas that are lurking in my only shady spot in the garden.  The heat of the sun has more or less burnt all my other flowers and with water restrictions, it is a losing battle to have colour in the garden.


Have a blessed week everyone and produce wonderful works of art for me to goggle at next week!


15 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the portraits of the girls, Sharon. Blessings!

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  2. I don't think you went too far with those portraits, they look very rich in colour toward the end!

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  3. I think I like the first one the very best, but they're all awesome. I especially love the watercolor of the beautiful blue flowers! Awesome!

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  4. Great portraits and I love your hydrangeas.. :)

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  5. Wowness..beautiful art..I think you did a wonderful job..I love the expressions on both their faces..and loving the hydrangea blues..very charming and inspiring!
    Victoria

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  6. The portraits are wonderfully expressive and the hydrangeas are beautiful ~ such talent! ^_^

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  7. your hydrangeas are just gorgeous... the colours are so perfect and love the close up composition... I so wish we could grow them here, but you need just the right spot to protect it from our sun ... have a great week...xx

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  8. I don't know, as I am in love with bright colors the final faces look fine to me. but I can see a GOOD picture in each one you shared! Truth!
    Flowers are gorgeous!

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    1. I'm with Lynn, Sharon :-)
      I love every step, all of them are beautiful.
      I really think you are a great artist, your color choice and style really speak to me.

      Ilona

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  9. Hi Sharon! I enjoy your blogs and wanted to let you know I have nominated Art Inspires for a Liebster Award. I have shared links to both of your blogs with my readers , because I enjoy your work. I also love your garden photos, and would love to see more garden photos and cat photos. It is beautiful where you live. Here is a link to the award http://weliveinspired.com/inspiration-station/liebster-award/

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  10. Don't be too hard on yourself Sharon! I think you managed to get it right in the end. I must say I like the first one a lot, with just a touch of color. And those flowers look wonderful too!

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    1. forgot to say: love love love your new header and background!

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  11. Gosh, your people are simply amazing! Great detail and such. Your hydrangeas are beautiful as well. The blue is PERFECT! :)

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  12. Oh I have reworked so many pieces it's not funny. I find the more contrived I am the worse it turns out. Sometimes better to just let go. Probably why I'm better at digital art!!
    These girls are so lovely!! Can you tell I've been catching up? lol

    Hugs Giggles

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