Glass Tear - Final

Not perfect.  But better.  Here is the final drawing for the "Glass Tear" from Wet Canvas.  It took about four hours.  And this isn't including the 7 sketches that I made prior to sitting down to do the final drawing. 

This drawing survived 137 interruptions from my two oldest children, and an attack from a one year old armed with a pencil.  If you look closely you can see the areas where I had to nearly erase through the page to undo her handiwork.  Ah, but she's so darn cute I didn't mind.

Unfortunately, the drawing did get a little smudged on the scanner.  I'm not happy about that, but the damage is done.


Glass Tears - First Sketch

This is a drawing that I made from a photo that I found on Wet Canvas in the "Classroom" section. This sketch took about 40 minutes. I intend to give it another shot as I know that I can improve upon this. The intent here was to try to draw quickly.....quick for me, anyway.

First, here is the drawing:

Second, here is the photo:

There are definitely issues to be worked out here.  I cropped out too much of the photo.  Additionally, the reference photo is clearly at more of an angle to the camera than my sketch portrays.  Perspective eludes me!  I'll have to give this another shot.

I will give myself one out here.  I didn't want to draw the sketch while sitting at my computer desk so I attempted to print the photo.  But, we were nearly out of ink.  The version that I printed was far lighter, and far less sharp than this photo.  This doesn't excuse the poor use of perspective, however.

I began this drawing at the top of the page by drawing a line for the eyebrow.  Then I tried creating the shape of the eye starting at the left corner of the eye.  Then I focused on the pupil.  Next, I drew in the eye lashes saving the tears for last.  I tend to shade as I go.  So, I was drawing each area to nearly what you see now before moving on to the next.  The reason that I'm writing all of this is so that I can look back on this someday and see what methods I've used and the results of those methods.   

NOTE: Click Here for the Final "Much Improved" Version of this Drawing


My "First" Drawing

This is my first attempt at a drawing since getting back into art after a 15 year hiatus.  This is the very first thing I've decided to draw.  There was no warm up, no preliminary sketches, etc.  I didn't use a ruler, or any tools other than two different pencils and an eraser.  It took about 2 and a half hours.

This is the view from the left most seat on my living room couch.  I decided not to center it in the frame just because I thought it looked a little cooler that way.

I can tell from looking at it that I need some work.  The composition leaves something to be desired, the perspective is off, and the scale isn't very good.....of course, you'd have to be looking at my living room to know that. 

I'm hoping for any comments or criticisms on this drawing.  I'm hoping to use this as a baseline for future comparison.