Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pencil Study, Lady with Turtle, Bubble Fairy

"Lady with Turtle" 9x12 5B pencil on Strathmore sketchbook paper.

Now that I've got a little knowledge of composition, I thought I'd try making more complex studies when I'm ready to start a new painting, instead of my usual rough thumbnail. I like the way this one has ovals within ovals. The right leg was too strong a diagonal thrust, so I faded it out. This composition also has a lot of negative shapes that I like, and I'd like to explore that idea further in future.

Next time I do one of these I'll use cold press watercolor paper and a harder pencil. I love pencil, because I find it easy to improvise with shapes and images. Love erasing, too.

Sold this painting the other day. "Bubble Fairy" gouache on 5x7 illustration board.


Lee said...

Love your Lady with a turtle :D

Jessica McKelvin said...

I love the softness and surreal quality of the whole sketch.
Also I have to say erasing is wonderful and one of the big things I miss when not working in pencil.

Waverly said...

I think Leonardo da Vinci was your Grand Uncle...really.

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks you guys, what wonderful comments!

Coreopsis said...

I've always thought all of your compositions were really interesting. I too really like pencil, though I don't have a whole lot of patience for "studies"--I'd rather just jump right in, which is not really a very good idea most of the time. This is a LOVELY drawing!

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks for you rcomment! I don't have much patience for studies, either, so I thought I'd try it out. I found that once I got started I got into it and then I didn't have to be patient. Most of the time I don't do complex studies, just thumbnails, and those are really worth it for me to do, because that's where I get the composition in place.