Mississhippi's Madness

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Daily Sketches: Catch up time


The last few days has seen us take one cat to the vet for a two night stay (ouch to the wallet!), K and I had a pyjama day at home playing and reading (one of her favourite things to do in the holidays – and any chance she gets!), got some essential shopping done for return to school, and I finished reading the latest Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley novel. Doesn’t sound like much when I write it down, but it took a lot of time to do not very much! Just perfect for a holiday.

I will not feel guilty for not  posting my sketches – I will revel in my laziness!

But I will catch up! Here ’tis…

The last of the Christmas Chocolate – I sat down to eat this with a cup of tea and thought I’d sketch it first. Luckily I drink my tea black so it needed to cool down anyway.

I haven’t done a lot of life drawing, so this was a challenge for me – especially as I did it in pen and not in graphite (so I can rub it out and correct it endlessly, perfectionist that I am). Lots of things wrong with this, but it is practice, which is what this is all about for me.

Quick graphite sketch of my left hand.

Some more faces from life in Zig Millenium sepia pen – the top left one is done as a contour drawing with my left hand – the rest I can’t use that as an excuse – lol.

I also decided to have a bit more of a play with Photoshop and my Bamboo tablet – playing with colour and brushes to see what I can do and how they work. Not my greatest work 🙂 …

The soft brushes on the shrubs were too soft so they have blurred out a bit too much, and I have to play a bit more with colour and colour mixing in Photoshop – maybe I need to buy a book or watch some tutorials before I do too much! But it was fun to play with this again and they do look like shrubs!



Author: Elaine

Artist, writer, married, mother, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and winning (most of the time). My creative impulses have led me to drawing, pastel painting, writing, handcrafts and photography.

5 thoughts on “Daily Sketches: Catch up time

  1. I absolutely love the flake. I struggle with drawing people too, it’s difficult, and yet I can draw a feather. Weird. The Photoshop picture is cool. I like that the bushes blur – it kind of looks like a photograph that’s focused on the foreground.

  2. Thanks! I am able to do a portrait in pastels as I can work on it over and over to get it right, so using a pen is a challenge for sure. No chance to correct it really – the pen line is pretty fixed. I’m going to have to do more of them.

  3. I feel your vet pain. Our dog suddenly took to vomiting, convulsing and falling over. Mad dash to the vet, by which time she’d recovered – a miracle, but the wallet didin’t think so. Most likely a slightly venomous bite, or a small brain bleed. I hope it’s not the latter.

    Love your sketches – freshness always comes across when no corrections are made – lovely!

  4. I am one of those perfectionists too, so I understand the challenge ink holds. I love your painting in photoshop, it does look like foreground focus; giving it depth. Here is a blog I stumbled upon that goes through painting in photoshop, you might find it helpful. http://aaronpocock.wordpress.com/category/digital/

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