Mug study in green Polychromos colored pencils

I’m having that feeling like I’m running out of ways to use the colored pencils for these mug studies. I think that means I need to play more and allow myself to explore or warm up before starting the timer. Or maybe I play and explore while the timer is running! I guess these don’t have to be entirely accurate, carefully rendered drawings. My mode right now is to sharpen my drawing skills so my mind got a little one-track about that. For today’s sketch, I could feel myself getting quicker at drawing and shading which is a cool thing….

Hatched colored pencil mug study

With today’s sketch, I was hoping to capture the essence of the white mug with gestural lines and expressive hatching lines. I’d love to be able to make sketches that look spontaneous, like I was moving more of my body when drawing instead of staying close and tight to the paper. I’m not there yet — maybe standing up for a fresh perspective on the paper and holding the pencil differently would help. I’m at that middle zone where I can be accurate if I work slowly and methodically, but the drawings lack ease. I’ll get there with deliberate practice…

Day 50: Colored pencil mug on a toned gesso background

Yesterday it occurred to me that it might be cool to put down a tinted gesso background in my sketchbook to use my colored pencils on for this week’s mug studies. I wanted to see how working with my white Polychromos would go on gesso. It turns out it’s kind of like drawing on sandpaper — the tips of my pencils got ground way down for this sketch! And it brought up one of my weird fears: using things up and worrying that they’re being “wasted”. I dislike waste in general, but this fear is so silly because I buy…

Colored pencil mug in browns and greens

For today’s 30-minute sketchbook project I used a bird’s eye view of my simple white mug and used colored pencils (in color this time, not just black). I went a little crazy buying earth tone Polychromos pencils, so used browns for the shading on the mug. For the background, to help it recede from the warm tones of the mug, I used green, grey, and indigo. Plus a little yellow on the left side to suggest light coming from that direction. Colored pencils are taking me too long for my 30-minute time limit. I either need to figure out a…

Meetups are hard for an introvert, but worth it

I’ve been thinking lately about meetups and how I go through seasons where I get myself out to a lot of them, and seasons where I stay quiet and focused in my office. One of the big reasons I haven’t been going to many this year is the simple fact of being busy. I have a zillion projects that I love working on, between making items for Oxford Dogma, my grainmill baking book, developing my art skills, learning new things, and generally keeping myself healthy.  But it’s also because I’m an introvert, and it’s easier for me to choose home…