A cold day...

Project Description

What type of piece is this? Drawing Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Pencil What are you most proud of? I reworked the building quite a bit so it looks a bit more realistic. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Stepping away from it for a short time helps, when you come back sometimes things that you need to fix "jump out" at you.

What you will need

  • Graphite

Q&A with lollygirl60

Patrick Connors asked:
Hello lollygirl60, It is good that as soon as you completed the lesson, you posted your drawing. As I mentioned in the recent General Announcement working from nature is preferred; but, if that is not possible, drawing from other references is of great use. You will find it best when not working from nature to work from artwork, that predates photography, that you like. Of course, the most important thing is, no matter what, to draw. In the future, it would be of use to include your reference, the image from which you worked, but let's see what you have done. In this drawing you have a better composition than your last drawing in terms of showing the space. [The last drawing's space would have benefitted from showing the plane that the foreground trees are on. By the way, in regards to your question in the previous post, this would have helped explained the plane of the river. Perhaps, from your vantage point you could not see the base of the foreground trees?]. Part of this is due to the photographer but it is good that you did not crop it. [Or did you?] Also, spending the time on the house and making the necessary corrections was important. Did you find the section in Lesson 2, topic 5 [about 14 mins into the lesson] on erasers and erasing of use in making your corrections? The building seems to be sinking a bit into the ground, was this the case? Also, the tone on the building is equal on both sides, was this how it is in the photograph? Your two trees are useful in conveying a sense of space. The foreground tree has a good deal more detail and let's the viewer know that this is closer. It looks you enjoy drawing trees; so it will be important to understand how the branches get smaller as they go from the trunk of the tree to the end of the twig. Easier said than done, but regular practice will help and this type of detail can be another element that contributes to the depiction of space. The drawing of the grasses is too similar in the foreground and middleground. Be careful to distinguish scale through detail, size [of stroke], and tone. In terms of tone, do not neglect how important it is in the conveyance of space. For example in your drawing, the ground plane and sky are a bit too close in tone, one should be a bit darker or lighter than the other. Last, is it the image or did you draw on paper that is not white? Look forward to your next posting.
lollygirl60 answered:
Patrick, Thanks for the detailed comments. It's so helpful. The house actually was leaning into the ground, so it was "accurate" and you are right I DO like drawing trees. I see what you mean about the foreground, and middle ground. I did try and differentiate them, but obviously not nearly enough. I also used the eraser as you suggested and really improved the house depiction, so now I have "an eraser brush". I was using white paper, but the camera flash didn't go off so it looks a little yellow, next time I'll make sure and use the flash. Thanks again for the feedback!

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