Drawing of Cole


Graphite on Strathmore paper 
4x5

Last night I decided to see how long it would take to draw this darling boy named Cole. I used the photo from James Parker's "Window to the Words" blog. Check his blog here, he posted this one on the first of the month and artists have the whole month to submit a painting or drawing. I'm not sure yet if I will work this up into a painting and submit it to his blog...I just wanted to test myself to see how long it would take me to draw it.

I am realizing now why it takes me so long to paint. Not only is it a challenge for me to mix the right colors as I start a painting but getting a good drawing down with correct proportions is important too. The only way I can achieve this is to draw daily even if it's only a 5 minute sketch. It took me over an hour to do this...I hope I can speed up and improve more on my proportions as I keep drawing daily.

9 comments:

  1. I really like this sketch Carol! I admire your daily sketching efforts, I've started carrying a small mole skin sketch pad (really it's far too thin to consider a pad but for lack of a better word...) in my purse for when I get stuck waiting in various places. Even doing that I rarely get more than one sketch a week in, outside of the sketches I do directly on my painting surface. There's something so nice a free about a sketch. I look forward to seeing more of these!

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  2. Lovin' the "Cole" here Carol. You captured his longing look perfectly!

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  3. You did a fine sketch, Carol. I like how you used the reflection in your drawing,too.
    Cole is my grandson.
    I am getting a kick out of all the different translation of my photo!
    You are correct in that the more you do the better you get. I have been painting and drawing each day since I retired from teaching art and it does make a huge difference. Plus it is a joy.:-)

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  4. Beautiful sketch Carol! You captured his innocence. Drawing daily is a wonderful exercise and one we should all be doing as well. Good job!!

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  5. Hey Carol , What a sweet drawing, I love his eyes . I think I will have to go look at James reference picture and try out too.

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  6. Very nice drawing Carol. I need to draw more. Look forward to visiting again.

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  7. Had to say hi after visiting your blog! love your work.

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  8. Beautiful sketch of Cole, Carol! Your drawings are wonderful. I know what you mean about taking a long time to paint and get proportions right. It's a challenge for me, too.

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