Saturday, April 11, 2015

#29: Pumpkins

I am taking an Heirloom Garden online drawing class with Val Webb. She is teaching us different techniques for drawing with colored pencils.  This was one of the projects from the class.

8" x 11" Colored Pencil on Vellum

What I like about the drawing:
The color variations are pleasing and help build dimension. The colors in the green pumpkin moved around a bit, instead of blending, but I like the end result.

What I might do differently: 
The middle pumpkin is a bit squared off. Although I like that the 'shoulder' looks like it has dimension, The bottom edge on the left isn't very good. The top pumpkin seems to be sitting on a slightly different plane. I probably should have reduced the size of the back side of the pumpkin to make it look like it was more upright. 

What I learned: 
I enjoyed blending the colored pencil and burnishing the final result. I like how the colors can be layered, and built upon, almost like using water colors. In a more recent class, Val cautioned us about burnishing dark green with a white pencil, as it turns it into a "strange bluish color". Aha! That is what happened to pumpkin #2! In this instance, I think it turned out to be a "happy accident"!


  1. Hi Dreaming! I've just been enjoying your recent Faith, Sampson, and Pumpkin posts. You have come so far in twenty-nine pieces that you have posted.

    I agree that Faith's nose was a little short; but, it was a remarkable likeness none-the-less. And Sampson's was amazing. I think you are overly harsh with yourself for saying the background was hideous! It didn't measure up to your artist's vision, but it does work as a foil so Sampson's white fur doesn't get lost in a white background. Knowing you, you'll be experimenting in other sketches to work out how to do what you want to do in new situations. I'm sure that your friends were grateful for such beautiful, unique, and personal cards!

    I really like your pumpkins! The way you've captured the light on them makes them look three dimensional; I feel like I can touch their rounded surfaces with my fingers. I like the perspective, which is different from many straight on still lifes. Not quite a bird's eye view, but maybe a spider's view from its web higher up on a nearby plant.

    You are truly developing into a skilled artist, Dreaming! Happy creating!

    1. Awww, Fundy, thanks SO MUCH! You made my day (week...month, even!)
      I just redid my introduction to the challenge, and included some of my early work in my description. It was a great trip down memory lane for me! I can really see that I am, indeed, making progress! I have learned so very much! And yes, I am critical. But, in some instances, that helps me on the next piece.
      Thanks again for reading, caring and commenting!