Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hand-drawn Face and Digitally Enhanced Drawing

Yesterday, I completed the drawing on the right using Caran d-Ache Supracolor II Soft pencils.

The drawing was then used as the base for the digitally-edited/-enhanced version on the left.  The finished image was painted and areas blended, and it includes two of my photo images for the background/effects.

I'm learning about face shading and layering by using Photoshop.  The pencils are challenging to get the layering effects I want...could be my limited experience using the pencils too.

In any case, I'm liking the results.  The finished image has more human character than the digital drawings I've done over the last few years (as you can sell a selection of along the left side of this blog)!  

This piece was inspired through work done in class work offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colored Pencil Drawing with Digital Enhancements

I'm working of face drawings in my online multi-media art class.  The instructor likes students to use colored pencils that are harder to erase, because she believes the mistakes are instructive and part of the learning process.

I started this yesterday and finished it today.  In the hand-drawn original, one eye was a bit smaller than the other.  So, I've changed the size of the smaller eye digitally and added enhancements, including the background, through Photoshop.

This drawing is an improvement from where I started in pencil drawing...but there is more road to travel with hopefully lots of continued improvements to look forward to.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Some Photoshop Fun!

These photos, from a weekend adventure, have been combined and altered. What a fun piece...lots of movement!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Artsy Wine Label!

The Mosby Winery, for some years, has labelled its varietals with art work done by Robert Scherer.  The labels are quite lovely as in this example.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Creative Group today!

What fun to get together with a lovely, small creative group of special women friends!  It is usually a quarterly meet-up at one of our homes that includes some light munchies followed by a creative activity.  That day was today!

We had some wonderful food (asparagus soup, watermelon cake, and crackers and baba ghanoush).  Thanks go to our wonderful hostess, Karen, for the lovely meal as well as thinking up the special creative activity!

After lunch, we went on to make dreamcatchers.  I recently did a painted, multi-media dreamcatcher, but today's was a bit different.  We started with a ring that was wound with fiber and then used a needle and silk thread with intermittent beads to create the spider web effect in its center.  Once done, that was decorated with feathers and beads, etc.

What a neat project to do as a gift -- and include a bit about the history of dreamcatchers!