Drawing Breakfast

Art, Colored Pencil

I have always been fascinated with eggs. A fascination, I believe, that stems from both their beautiful exterior to the mystery and wonder held within. While their shape and general purpose unify them across the animal kingdom, I love the unique sizes, colors and patterns that are influenced by species.

While in the future I would like to create art focused on the exterior of eggs, today’s drawing is of what you would typically find on your breakfast plate.

Having been watching a lot of cooking shows lately, I thought it would be fun to do some food drawings. When picking an “entree,” I decided that an egg (sunny-side up) would be both artistically challenging as well as visually pleasing.


I knew that while the pleasant factor would be found in the bright, spherical center, the challenge would lie in depicting the egg “white.” As any visual artist knows, white is never just white, and the fun lies in attempting to pick out the colors within.

This drawing is rendered in colored pencil, which lends itself well to layering and creating depth through color, and took about an hour from start to finish.

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There is always something satisfying about drawing food, especially food that is visually playful. Stay tuned for my newest ice cream-inspired piece, but in the mean time, be sure to check this out!

Outlandish Apparel

Art, Colored Pencil, Pop Culture

The second season of Starz’ “Outlander” has yet to disappoint. Faithful to Diana Gabaldon’s “Dragonfly in Amber,” the show’s second season has been full of action, drama and absolutely fantastic costuming. (I think most of us are familiar with the red dress.) eae3924265bbc6273bc7a536511743bf

Although the series is associated with Scotland, the French setting has provided for some phenomenal visual feats. I find the set to be authentic and captivating, but more than anything else this season, I have been enraptured by the costuming.

When I was younger, I possessed a far-away fantasy of one day becoming a fashion designer. I was never serious about this pursuit, but always enjoyed drawing clothes.

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Fashion Sketches, 2011

Although my interest began in high school, I was further inspired in undergrad when I was exposed to fiber art. I instantly fell in love with the medium, having found a way to utilize fabric and other fibrous materials artistically without becoming a designer.

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Fashion Sketches, 2011

It was during my surface design course, and later weaving pursuit, that I didn’t spend a lot of time drawing clothing but instead, sewing, weaving and embroidering art. I even painted a series of odd costumes, with the painted clothing constructed of materials other than fabric fabric.

Therefore, it has been quite a while since I have tried my hand at fashion-drawing. Inspired by “Outlander,” I decided to tackle the clothing of an era I had yet to try: Eighteenth Century, France.

While the drawing featured below is not based on a costume from the show, the era and country were obviously direct inspiration.

If I were to compare the drawing to any of the pieces worn thus far, I would say it is most similar to the dress worn by Claire’s new friend, Louise de La Tour. (I do just love the ruffle-esque bows, don’t you?)outlander-louise-de-rohan-season-2-official-picture-outlander-2014-tv-series-39420032-1948-2598

As the season proceeds, I can only hope that we continue to witness fabulous historic costuming. Realistically though, I happen to think we will be returning to Scotland sooner rather than later. Dinna fash though, no spoilers here!

Fantastical Vegetation

Art, Colored Pencil

It’s finally spring again! The sun in shining and the world is coming back to life. While many people see this as an opportunity to get outside and garden, I prefer to get outside and draw pictures of vegetation. Or in this case, pictures of fantastical vegetation.

I have always been fascinated by J.K. Rowling’s mandrakes and thought it would be fun to represent this personified plant in pen and ink. But once I had finished my drawing however, I noticed that something was lacking.

Unsurprisingly, it was missing color. Such a vivid combination contrast of sienna and bright green, I decided that my drawing would in fact be much more captivating if it was upgraded from black and white.

  
I used Prismacolor pencils to fill in my drawing, adding extra shadows and highlights while adding hues. I am certainly glad that I did decide to add color and am quite pleased with the finished product.

  
So whether you are a gardener or an artist, I hope you are enjoying the warm spring weather!

  

Drawer of Dragons

Art, Colored Pencil

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with fantasy creatures. As a kid, I went through phases of drawing griffins, flying horses and, of course, dragons. As I have gotten older, dragons seem to have become one of my favorites in terms of art. They appeared in my work throughout college and even found their way into my senior exhibition.

A paint and fiber piece I created for my senior exhibition "Idle Curiosities"

A paint and fiber piece I created for my senior exhibition “Idle Curiosities”

The recent addition to this collection is a colored pencil sketch, over-layed with water color. The dragon featured was directly inspired by the “Harry Potter” franchise, more specifically, “The Creature Vault” book.

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A Christmas present from Andy, this book has supplied me with a ton of inspiration over the past nine moths. With creature sketches and gorgeous film photography, I highly recommend it to any fantasy lover, especially “Harry Potter” fans.  I would also recommend it to artists who are looking to add to their literary collection.

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The dragon sketch featured today was inspired by a development sketch of  baby Norbert by Paul Catling. Although I mimicked the body shape and position of Catlin’s sketch, I made the piece my own by adding my own style and color choices.

A common question in the art world is whether or not you are allowed to use other people’s work directly. My answer to that question is when using the work of others, make sure to make the piece your own. If using images to guide your drawings and paintings, it’s a good idea to pull inspiration from more than one source.

Another way to ensure the work is your own is by creating it in a different medium. For instance, in the past I have used drawings as inspiration but recreated and modified them in weaving and embroidery.

So if you are inspired by a well known piece, whether it be a book, movie or famous piece of artwork, don’t be afraid of your inspiration. Take ideas and make them your own. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you learn to run with it.

Finished drawing/painting

Finished drawing/painting

Sunshine While You Can!

Colored Pencil

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Before I delve into this post I think a little bit of blog talk is in order! First and foremost I’ve decided to post weekly, publishing a new post every Friday. Why Friday? Because, in my opinion, Friday is the best day of the week! Also, I know that I personally tend to be most inspired and generally happier on Fridays. And, if I’m lucky, maybe this site will provide you with some creative energy for your weekend!

Second, I have decided to vary the subject matter to keep things interesting. Although I consider myself a visual artist above most other things, I have many more relatable hobbies that I look forward to posting about as well.

That being said though, I am kicking off this site with a visual art post! More specifically, a colored pencil drawing that I made the other day. For those of you who live in central/upstate New York, you know that nice weather is difficult to come by. Even in the summer we get chilly days and plenty of rain. So as you also know, when it is nice outside you really make an effort to GET OUTSIDE.

And it was GETTING OUTSIDE that inspired this simple sketch. Unlike many other artists, especially classical, I despise flowers as a subject matter. In fact, I typically try to avoid them. Because they are cliché one might assume that they are “easy” to render, while in truth it is the complete opposite. I myself, find flowers to be a challenging subject matter.

But as with any other skill, in order to improve, you have to challenge yourself. So, from time to time I make myself sketch flowers.

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For this sketch I started by outlining the basic shape in a neutral brown and light pink.I then filled in general colors, beginning with the lighter (“weaker”) colors. This is always a good way to proceed because they can be easily drawn over.

Once I had the lighter colors filled in I proceeded with the shadows and the details formed by darker colors. Sketching outside is great because you are not only energized by the fresh air, but you are able to observe your subject naturally.

That being said, however, bright sunlight can make sketching on white paper very difficult! Typically I like to mass in the overall idea of my piece outside and finish it up indoors where I’m not in danger of being blinded by my paper.

This sketch, is just that. A sketch. It is in no way magnificent or refined. But that is the beauty of it. It is simple and fleeting like the summers of central New York. It was a process of practice and sunshine and that is a process always worth carrying out!

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