Friday, December 31, 2010
For a limited time, Mike is offering free shipping!! Don't miss out on this incredible offer and order your copy today: http://www.sibleyfineart.com/pencil-drawing-book.htm. Are you sure one copy is enough? I just bought a second copy today so I can share one with my drawing classes while preserving my original copy.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Professional artist and author of "Drawing Made Easy: Beautiful Landscapes", Diane Wright is now offering a local drawing workshop.
Diane covers drawing basics not taught in general drawing classes. She will share her techniques and in-depth information to get you on your way to making successful and realistic landscapes.
- Day 1 We'll introduce ourselves and discover your goals for drawing. We will take an in-depth look at drawing pencils, paper and tools. There's more to graphite drawing than just a wooden pencil and paper. Lots of examples to be shown and explored.
- Day 2 Through exercises we will explore techniques from pencil strokes to application of line and tone. Blending, layering and creative erasing will be covered as well as an introduction to Negative Drawing.
- Day 3 Using these techniques we will apply what we've learned to drawing textures. Wood, rocks, leaves, etc. Understanding what to look for and how light interacts with surfaces will also be discussed.
Where: Kreativ ent
306 1st Ave W
Newton, IA 50208
When: 9:00 - 11:00 am Saturdays, January 29, February 5 & 12 (6 hours total)
Cost: $50.00 Class size is limited to 6-8 for personalized attention!
Price includes minimum supplies of: sheets of paper as required, Staedtler pencils 4H, 2B, Staedtler kneadable eraser and chamois.
Please bring your own drawing board and other drawing tools you use.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Les and I spent an afternoon exploring the renovated Union Station in Kansas City. It is the second busiest freight railroad center in America. It has a rich and diverse history dating back to 1914. The architecture of this building is incredible and the ceiling is breathtaking.
I sincerely thank everyone who has followed my postings this year and wish the best of the Holiday Season to you all!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
This is an attempt at creating a "moody landscape", working with light and dark composition to create a mood. The viewer is slowly led into the dark veil of the woods with just hints of the trees deep in the shadows.
Here is a detail of the water. There is a tendency to leave the water in light values. But to create both transparency and depth, the water streaming over the rocks must be darkened. I used 2H and H chisel point leads to create the smooth flowing water. The turbulence and splashes use negative drawing...working in the shadows and base of the waves.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I am pleased announce that my newest tutorial is now available on my website - "How to Draw Grass and Weeds". For your convenience, a downloadable .pdf is available at the bottom of the page.
A Blackwing Monday
Woke up yesterday-very early which always makes me grumpy. There was messy white stuff - SNOW- on the lawn. Certainly not a mood enhancer! BUT things improved , the mail came early for a change bringing with it only 1 bill & (drumroll please!) my package of Palamino Blackwings. Oh, the joy, oh the anticipation, oh the sleek black box ! I sharpened just one. By the way the Palomino Long Point Pencil sharpener is great.
I'm not on the marketing committee for the company, I've just been strangely influenced by the rest of you- scary, but it is Halloween week.
So far, I've just gone back over some old sketches with the Blackwings. One insipid tree really came alive. I may even have the courage to post it when I get my new printer-scanner set up. My old one went to electronic heaven last week.
Do you understand why the simplicity of a 'pencil' brings such joy? Aren't we blessed by our craft? Treat yourselves- these pencils are worth it.
I think Linda has it right. There is something special about the simplicity of a pencil and to a graphite artist, it's pure joy!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Planning to go to DC this afternoon, if my car gets done, and I'm taking pad and Palominos with me.
Here's my opinion after a weekend of experiments: As dark as Ebony drawing pencils, but with thinner and dryer lead. Sketches lightly, with good control and produces dark lines quickly and easily with less shine than 4-5B lead. Not as covering as higher 8-9B leads, but much nicer for sketching.
Karen J. Newhouse
Karen - LOL! That's a cute write up of the pencils.
I got mine as well. They are not just a pencil. No, no no...They are magical pencils, that take you to places that only your imagination can conjure up. They are special pencils.
I quickly got the box open, grabbed a pencil & sharpened the wood off. I just couldn't make myself to cut the lead yet. I went to work & just wrote with it. Wonderful, exquisite, smooth, dark.
moleskin sketching artist
Karen is such a creative writer as well as an excellent artist. I can't wait to see what she creates using the Blackwings on gesso panels!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I would love to hear from all my graphite artist friends who have purchased the Palomino Blackwing pencils. I'd like to know what you think of them....both the good and the bad.
Be sure to give it a good work out! If you remember reading my assessment of the pencil, I initially did not give it very high marks. But since then, I've given it a full workout on a couple of drawings, and it has proven to be an excellent tool for building beautiful mid-value graphite tones.
In the drawing "Agnew Meadows", I used the Blackwing in the darker trees in the foreground. By applying initial graphite layers by the Blackwing and then applying 2B over this, I created a beautiful rich dark tone. In the past, I frequently would end up with an uneven tone with spots of the "dreaded" graphite shine. But the Blackwing seems to have a nice matte finish providing a wonderful base.
As with any technique, your approach, type of paper or unique style may provide different results. I'd love to hear what you think of these unique pencils!!
Monday, October 04, 2010
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I was selected to test out the new Palomino Blackwing pencil. The original Blackwing 602 was discontinued by Faber Castel and is now being re-introduced by the Palomino producer's Cedar Co of California.
Part of the test was to compare it to the original Blackwing as well as the Palomino HB pencil. Since I never even heard of the Blackwing pencil until a month ago, I felt it important for me to find the real thing. I coughed up the $$ and purchased one from ebay. It is a pre-1958 vintage Ebarhard Faber Blackwing 602.
Now on to the comparison of the new Palomino Blackwing to the vintage model as well as to the Palomino HB .
I think the hype regarding the vintage as being the best pencil ever made, is just that...hype. The wood in the vintage pencil was difficult to sharpen, leaving a rough texture and reminds me of why I have never cared for using wooden pencils. The new Palomino Blackwing matches the other Palomino's top quality wood and sharpens clean with no splintering. The new Palomino Blackwing slick design and white eraser is also much improved over the vintage model.
The new Palomino Blackwing is an unusual pencil in that it doesn't feel like graphite. It has a carbon or clay feel to it and it doesn't leave a super shiney layer. It also compares more closely to a 2B than an HB grade in both softness and tone value. The CEO of Cedar Co., Charles Berolzheimer, says I'm the first to make this comment. He thinks it could be that since I use a wide variety of graphite leads, I am probably very sensitive to the grades. He may very well be right on this as I use a variety of grades from 4H to 6B.
During my testing and comparison, I didn't care for the new Blackwing. I have to be honest and say that I did not give it a good rating when I reported back to Charles.
Here is my current work in progress using the new Palomino Blackwing for the canopy of dark trees, a 2B .5mm mechanical pencil for the grass, and a 4H chisel point clutch pencil for the background trees (using the Blackwing to layer the darker areas on top of the 4H). The darks lay down quickly and evenly and create a rich "black".
My final report to Charles? This pencil is DEFINTELY a keeper and I am looking forward to pushing my landscapes to a whole new level of rich darks. Thank you Charles!!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The water is created using the 2H. The harder lead lends itself well to create the glass smooth stillness of the lake. Using horizontal strokes, the gentle and subtle reflections are drawn in.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I am pleasantly surprised and very impressed by the wonderful graphite quality of these pencils! They are encased in high quality cedar wood and the graphite is as smooth as silk. The lead grades range from 2H, H, HB, B and 2B. But don't let that fool you! The 2H is comparable to an HB and the 2B is more like a 4B without the graininess!!
I'm an avid mechanical pencil user so I didn't think it was possible, but the Palomino just might make a convert out of me! Here is my first drawing using these pencils.....but I guarantee it won't be my last.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
It's been almost a year since the workshop and the improvement on my artwork has been incredible. And the revelations of "ah-ha"! are still happening!
To attend one of Mike's drawing workshops is an opportunity that any graphite artist should not miss. It doesn't matter what your subject matter preference is or your drawing style (from realism, sketches or abstract) the concepts and techniques Mike demonstrates can be applied to. Spending three days with one-to-one attention with a master is an experience that I will never forget.
Mike is coming back to the United States in September to conduct 4 more workshops! Visit his website http://www.sibleyfineart.com/ for workshop locations and information.
Here's the section of my current drawing. I've been pushing the branches on the underside of the tree back into the shadows. Using negative drawing techniques, I'm able to create the blackest areas between the leaves, allowing them to subtly appear deep in the shadows.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Strong pencil strokes and and negative drawing carries this drawing to completion. Keeping the entire composition loose with minimum detail helps to emphasize movement and energy.
This is another from the Yosemite series. I started this drawing a bit differently than usual as I wanted to block in the foreground rock bluff on the left. (Since I'm a lefty, I typically start in the background and work my way right to left).
I then roughly sketched in the trees behind the rocks. These will get much darker as I work my way through the scene. I'm not getting too detailed as this is more an exploration of composition of light and shadows..... but then isn't that true for any drawing?
Whenever you are using reference photos, try various crops. The brush in the foreground is too dominant. By just cropping a bit of the right and bottom off, the central focus of the scene pops out.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Part of the challenge to working with an impressive vista is to decide what to include and exclude. I am posting the reference photo to show you just how complex of a scene this is. Matt does an excellent job taking reference photos. He takes full scene shots as well as zoomed-in areas. He has a great sense of balance and composition that makes his photos a pleasure to work with.
My goal is to minimize the complexity and to emphasize the inter-play between the shadows, the tension of the boulders lodged between the crevices and the water finding it's way under, over and round the rocks.
The first step is to crop the image eliminate much of the 'extras' in the scene. Just this small change makes quite a difference.
I have started with the distant background of the the mountain range. Snow is still visible on these glaciers in September. The tree line diminishes as it reaches to the top of the range.
Paper: Fabriano Watercolor Hot press
Pencils used in the background: 2H flat chisel point clutch pencil and F .5 mm mechanical pencil for the trees.
Wip 2 - This scene has a number of background drops or layers. The mountain range creates two layers, one overlapping the other. Then another group of rocks fall between the range and another grove of trees. These have more form and definition to them but mostly drawn using negative drawing. This means drawing the dark space between the trees instead of drawing the actual trees. Once the tree shape is formed, detail is lightly drawn in to give the tree texture. Pencils used at this juncture are: 2B and F .5 mm mechanical pencils.
Wip 3: The Fabriano paper offers the ability to build up many layers of graphite. Starting with 4H - 2H flat chisel point clutch pencils allows large 'blocks' of shading to be done. Then alternating B and 2B creates subtle darkening. The darkest areas demand a strong application of 2B.
This is just over 1/2 of the image as the falls will continue to emerge down on the paper. I believe the image will remain unresolved on the edges, so the focus of the eye will remain on the falls itself.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
- Feb 1-13 Eyes
- Feb 14-27 Nose
- Feb 28 - Mar 13 Mouth
- Mar 14-27 Ears
- Mar 28 - Apr 10 Hair
- Apr 11-24 Head
- Apr 25 - May 8 Hands
- May 9-22 Clothed Figure Drawing
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I have had a gallery on Starving Artist for 5 years. It's a great site for exposure, as Mike gets well over 10,000 hits per month. Walter Foster and Quarto publishing both "discovered" me from his site and it is an excellent match with my own website.
I can't thank Mike enough for all his support and encouragement over the years. He's been the greatest influence on my development as an artist as well as my success. Thank you Mike.