Monday, October 4, 2010

A postponment, and Sketchbook Monday

charcoal on Canson Mi-tienes (the smooth side)

     I must ask you to forgive me. I don't have the winner ready to announce today. I'm sorry :( There were a LOT more entries than I thought there would be and, as I always do, I underestimated how long it would take to calculate all of them. But, I promise to have the winner by Wednesday. Unless some major calamity pops up in my life, like a hurricane, or the chicken pox.

     So, you'll have to put up with this sketch instead. Lately I've been looking at some articles in magazines about life drawing and I've been thinking about signing up for a class. But. . . um. . . that means I'd have to draw the undraped figure, and well. . . I just don't know if I want to do that. *this is me, BLUSHING*

     I may just stick to drawing my family members when they're unaware, and fully clothed of course. :)

     But I can say that I'm feeling extra-motivated to pick up my pencils even more and just draw. There's something SO satisfying about just plain old drawing. Don't you think? And, it's crucial to keeping your eye trained for any representational artist. But we all know that right? Yes, of course we do.

     Practice, practice, practice.

     That's my motivation to you today. Just keep practicing. All it can do is make you better. :)

      I'll see you guys on Wednesday for the big announcement! Wa-hoo!


  1. wonderful drawing and model :) crystal ..good luck with all your enteries

  2. *sigh*

    I guess I can wait until Wed.

    I'm glad it's not me tallying all those participants. Good luck. ;)

  3. I think you captured that mischievious look beautifully, Crystal. Remember, among all other things, take time for yourself.

  4. Beautiful! You're amazing! And yes, there is something special about drawing.

  5. The art class sounds like it could be a great learning experience but I could definitely see why it might be something that could make most people blush. One of my friends in college drew and painted nudes but it was done in such a way that it brought out the beauty of the human figure, he also used a lot of drapes, scarves and other fabrics with his models. He no longer paints nudes but in studying them he learned so much about form, shape and curve that he can apply to other portraits. :) He has some of his art work on his website (no nudes) but hasn't updated in a little while.

  6. Thank you very much Jane!

    Thanks Michelle! ;)

    I needed that reminder Carol :) Thanks so much my friend.

    Thanks Nancy! :)

    I'm going to have to check out your friends site. I love the figure and portraits, I can't wait to see it!

  7. crystal every time I come to your blog I'm delighted with your work

  8. Beautiful drawing, Crystal. Mischievousness is written all over his face:) I don't envy you having to tally all your entries up, good luck:) Thanks for all of your support lately, so glad we're friends:)

  9. Oh and, I've taken live drawing classes with unclothed models, a requirement in college. I'll just say I learned some interesting things, and leave it at that. But it is very professional and you don't even realize after awhile.

  10. Wonderful sketch. Every aspects of this sketch are handled so nicely.

  11. Lovely work. And the title is very apt too.

    By the way I thought people should be taking your classes rather than you going somewhere to take classes.

  12. What a beautiful drawing!
    I sometimes draw just to remind myself that I can, while I continue my journey with watercolours :0)
    I joined a life drawing class last year and felt exactly like you do. I wondered if I would be embarrassed both for my self and for the model! It wasn't like that at all though - She was clearly comfortable and used to the whole thing, and my concentration meant that I looked at her through an artists eyes - as a series of shapes and tones and not as a naked woman sitting in front of me! It is well woth doing Crystal and I would highly recommend it. I learned so much from it and produced some drawings I am really proud of! :0)

  13. you are so right. just plain drawing is so immediate, so on the page, gratifying and frightening at the same time. this is, as always, incredible. i need to practice, your work stays in my head!

  14. Hi Crystal, fab drawing, love the sparkle in the eyes.

    I started a life drawing class just a couple of weeks ago, having put it off for at least a year - I am loving it. The models are just so professional and are completely, well, professional! Our models have been doing it for years and are completely unfazed, and once you get drawing you're just looking at shapes and measuring distances, you get completely absorbed. So my experience is just the same as Sandra's. I'd say go for it.

  15. The enjoyment and the sweetness, Crystal, this portrait is magnificent.

  16. That portrait sure captures the 'mischief' he seems to be plotting :) And I know about your hesitation with the life drawing classes with nudes --haven't had the courage to attend one yet -- but for me I think I am still not used to drawing in the 'public' not the undressed model -he he :)


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