Some of my absolute favorite art is pencil drawings. I think they get overlooked, but every time I see one, I’m drawn to it. Even when it is just sketching. As crazy as it is, if I were a fine art buyer, I would almost always go for the sketchbooks and line drawings over the completed pieces. I’ve tried to reason though why that is and I’ve come to the conclusion that pencil often represents the process and the process is certainly my favorite part. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at it. Never totally successful, but not the worst drawings ever either. It was fun to dig through the archives to find these. Hope you enjoy it!
2008, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh PA
Not bad eh? I did this one while in a drawing class. We were talking about perspective and this is the project I picked. I tried to be serious and get everything ‘right’, but still did exploratory work. You can see the difference is each section of the building where I tried different methods or pencils. Looking at it now, I can really se a few places I missed the boat but I’m still happy with it. All those TINY windows!
2009, 3P’s Duck Hunt
This is one that was super fun! This was part of an art site game. The gist was to take some else’s photoshop art work and do it in pencil. Being the game nerd that I am, I went for 3P’s Duck Hunt. This is still one of my favorite things I’ve done. See how I sneaked his user name in on the dog tag? Clever right!? If I could change anything, I would switch the ducks. I was trying to create a little madness, but they mess with the flow a bit. Despite that, I’m still quite impressed with myself on this one!
2011, Still Life Vase
I really do love this, even though I trailed off a bit and didnt quite deal with the background. We own this vase. I loved it when I saw it and thought it would be lots of fun to draw. I really feel like I nailed some of the textures and dimensions of the actual vase. Every time I look at this one, I think maybe I should drag out the pencils and charcoal!
lol, they can’t all be great right?? I was just impressed with myself for trying a figure. The human body is something I’m forever wanting to draw or sculpt and the nuances escape me everytime. One day I might give it another whirl!
So what have you been into in the past? Anything you reflect on that makes you smile or inspires you to try again?