Retro Projects – Pencil Drawings

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Retro Projects – Pencil Drawings

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

OmniWilliam

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

DuckHuntDog (1)

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

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!

2008, Elvira

Elvira

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?

18 Comments

  1. Wow. Call me gobsmacked. I am in awe of people who can do such great work with simple tools. My daughter is also very into pencil & charcoal and she does fab stuff too. Funny how I oooh & ahhh over it & she says, yes, but look what you quilt! Sweet girl. There’s no contest – her stuff is better. :-) I love the vase! It reminds me of Paris, one of my favourite cities. If I could draw, I’d be able to put memory to paper. Will have to rely on the talents of others. Great work!

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  2. Love the hotel drawing – lots of atmosphere. I’ve been drawing since I was a child and studied fine art to MA level..every time I drag out an old drawing it inspires me to try again, hahaha!!!!! Really love seeing your work, hope you show us some more soon :)

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  3. This takes me back to my art class. Before crochet, I used to draw a lot. During class (still don’t know how I passed), in church, when I had down time….it’s fun. I have some that I did when I was in college for interior design. I should pull them out again and take another look.

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    • Do! I had a ball looking at some of these. So glad I kept them. I’m always up for looking at art so if you want to share them, I’d love to see them. :)

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  4. I can’t draw worth beans, so this is amazing. I love pencil drawings too. There’s something simple and profound about them at the same time

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    • I agree :)I really love sketchbooks too. There’s a lot of freedom in drawings that dont intend to be finished.

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  5. Very interesting drawings by you—I really like the buildings with all the windows:) I am like Julie in the above comments and only draw stick people. The hubby is the artist around here. Yet the 5 yr old boy always asks me to draw him something.

    I used to write poetry a long time ago. So there is that;)

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    • Very cool! Does your husband have an online gallery? I love looking at other people’s stuff :) Poetry is good stuff. I’ve never really been so good at it (writing or reading), but I really like the idea of it.

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  6. I love all of these, I agree. Pencil drawings are overlooked too often.

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    • Right?? The technical ones are something else too. I’m always amazed at what people are able to accomplish with just a pencil. It is almost like the limitation makes it all the more impressive. :)

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  7. I can’t even draw a stick figure so I’m impressed at how talented and creative you are! :-)

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    • You’re so kind! It is really all about the time. I’m still surprised when I think about how long these took. Hours – the hotel in the double digits!

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  8. Wow, such an amazing artist. I love that vase! The texture and highlight is awesome. Hey, I knew exactly who that was in the Elvira drawing, so it did its job:)

    P.s. Duck hunt- one of the best games ever!

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    • Duck Hunt does rule! :)

      I do wish I had taken the time to actually do something with the background. Other than that, I love it too. :)

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  9. These are wonderful! I hope you’ll be showing us more of your drawings :)

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    • Thanks Janine! I have a few here and there that I will probably show in the future. I’m excited you want to see them! :)

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  10. Of course these are wonderful. Always loved duck hunt. However I must admit I still have possession of the best…..flamingo. As you know possession is 9/10’s of the law. Always loved the pencil/charcoal. You and B do that well.

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    • I always forget about the flamingo! I’ll have to make sure to grab a picture of her next time I’m over there. I wouldn’t dream of trying to take it away. :)

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