Mid term Portfolio Review

Today was the mid-term portfolio review for drawing class. It went well, I’m pleased with my progress over the semester. It’s been a long, hard climb as some of you know, filled with a lot of turmoil, self-doubt and angst. But I am making improvement in my skills, which is the main goal for me, so I am pleased.

Today I thought I’d share 3 of the last 4 drawings I have done for class. These are all assignments we’ve been given to do, not original compositions. We’ve been working on a series of drawings of buildings and trees. Last week I posted one of the hardwood tree drawings that was assigned.

These first two are the last tree drawings assigned. One is done in charcoal, one is done in pencil.

First the charcoal drawing.

hpim3778-email.jpg Charcoal I find to be a difficult medium to work in. It’s messy and I make messes with it, but it gives such rich vibrant shading that it’s worth it to continue to learn to control the medium.

Next the pencil drawing:

hpim3779-email.jpg Although I didn’t think going into this class that pencil would be a comfortable medium for me, I’m finding I like it quite a bit.

Finally the “put it all together” drawing. This was almost the final drawing we were required to do with buildings and trees:

hpim3780-email.jpg To see the full view of this drawing, click on it and open it in a new window. This is probably one of my favorite pieces I’ve done so far. Although I really like the elm tree from the other day as well.

There was one more drawing we were to do. I did it in charcoal, I rushed the drawing as well. Did I say charcoal is messy? Yep, and it’s not a picture I’m going to post. I do have a little bit of pride! 😉

6 thoughts on “Mid term Portfolio Review

  1. Yippeee!! Good job on all of these!!! And why do I get the urge to pay someone to post a picture of you after you have been drawing with charcoal?? How smudged are you?!! 🙂

  2. Me or the drawing? LOL Me, I’m thinking I need to invest in black only clothing to wear to drawing class if I’m going to work in charcoal! LOL And of course you know charcoal dust makes me want to sneeze, so I rub my nose!!!! LOL Trust me, you’ll not get a picture of me working with charcoal!! 😉

  3. Anita, yes I do. Once I have certain elements down that I’m happy with, I’ll spray that element with Krylon Workable Fixatif. Then when I’m done, I use a Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative on the entire drawing. And I use them outside as they have a strong odor.

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