Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Stipple no more

After working on the stipple piece for about three hours (an hour a night) I decided it was not for me. In fact I hated every minute of it. But at least I tried. I'v got that out of my system. Posted is how far I got before I couldn't look at it anymore. After I scanned it in I started a charcoal of the same set up. I'm much happier now.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Stipple Started

As stated above, I started the stipple piece. Set up the still life, got the bristol board out and filled a 3x0 rapidograph. Now I just have to start applying the ink. No pictures yet.

I think something is clogging my 2x0 rapidograph. I cleaned it out after I finished the last pen & ink and now I can't get it back together. I can't get the wire back into the point. I'm afraid some small particle got in there and now I can get the pen back together. Rats! That was my favorite pen. I may have to suck it up and buy a new one.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I was working away on the conte piece last night when I stopped abruptly. The only thing I could do was overwork the piece so I called it done. I think it came out pretty good.

My next piece will be a pen & ink stipple. Stippling is where the drawing is created from millions of little dots. There are some great stipplers on the wetcanvas site. I have called them crazy for all the time and effort they put into their works. In turn they said it is no worse than the time and effort I put into the Daisies piece. So I am going to give the stipple approach a try.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Still Life #3

Saturday night I went to our local fireworks display. It was pretty amazing. They do a great job in our town. But we got home pretty late and so i didn't work on the new piece.

Sunday we went to Lake Compounce. It is the oldest amusement park in the country. It is half water park and half rides. They have a great wooden roller coaster called the Boulder Dash. It is built into the side of a hill and takes you through the woods. It is my favorite ride. When we got home I was too tired to work on the conte piece.

Monday I was back to work. So no excuses. I worked a little more on what I am now calling Still Life #3. So far I have only used a black conte crayon. Tonight I will start using brown and white.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

So Far So Good

Here is the work in progress. I like it so far, but I have a lot to do.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

New set up

The long weekend is throwing me off. I forgot about softball yesterday and didn't bring my gear to work. Fortunately I remembered it was Wednesday and went home to get my stuff. The other team was only able to field eight guys. The umpire gave us a choice, win by forfeit or we could play the game. You are suppose to field at least nine guys, but the ump was in a good mood. We chose to play. They didn't field a second baseman. We won 18 - 1.

Later that night I set up a new still life. I'm going to use conte crayons again. This time I'll use different colors and try to loosen up a little and just try to have fun with it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

July 5th

After four days of barbecue's I've had my fill of hot dogs and hamburgers. The long weekend went well. It was good to have the break from work.

I finished the drawing of he statues and pot. It came out alright. I stayed with my plan of only using white. I tried smudging the conte crayon and didn't like the results so I took away the blends with a kneaded erasure. The pot came out with some depth but the statues are flat and look that way in the drawing. I want to do another using black too and maybe gaining some depth in the statues too.