ART BYTE 13 – BALL POINT PEN DRAWINGS

Deanna Williamson, Tall House, 7.2" x 10.8, ball point pen, 2015
Deanna Williamson, Tall House, 7.2″ x 10.8, ball point pen, 2015

The Tall House drawing is about a mood created by the height of the building, the strong contrast in value, and the exaggerated angles. Unfortunately the perspective is off,  which highlights one of the cardinal rules in drawing with ballpoint pen:  since you can’t erase, be sure you get the overall drawing blocked in correctly before you start making dark marks or shading.

Deanna Williamson, Wyatt in Gallup, NM, Sep. 2015, 8.5" x 1", ball-point pen
Deanna Williamson, Wyatt in Gallup, NM, Sep. 2015, 8.5″ x 11″, ball-point pen

Whereas Tall House was done from a photo,  this drawing of Wyatt was done on site. I prefer working from a live model but it can be difficult to get a finished drawing from someone who isn’t actually posing for you. It helps if they are doing some kind of quiet activity like reading from a computer screen. In this drawing, I was primarily interested in the shadows created by light from desk lamp.

 

ART BYTE 12 – MUSHROOMS AND MUSHROOMS

Deanna Williamson, Mushrooms 1, 6" x 6", watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushrooms 1, 6″ x 6″, watercolor, 2016

Here are the last two mushroom paintings I did while on vacation with the kiddies. The big red cap in Mushrooms 1 was a challenge because of the little white dots on the top.  These had to be left unpainted. Some masking fluid would have come in handy here but I didn’t have any with me. (Confession: I’ve actually never tried masking fluid.)

Deanna Williamson, Mushrooms 2, 6" x 6", watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushrooms 2, 6″ x 6″, watercolor, 2016

Mushrooms 2 is the final in this series and, in my opinion, the best.

Like the first 4 mushroom paintings, these were done from copyright free photos I found on Pixabay.

ART BYTE 11 – MORE MUSHROOMS

Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 3, 6" x 6", watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 3, 6″ x 6″, watercolor, 2016

In the previous post I showed the first two in a series of paintings of mushrooms.  Those were done with watercolor crayons. However, I felt that the texture of the paper was too rough for the crayons, and since I didn’t have any smoother paper with me I decided to do the next ones with some regular water color paints.

Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 4, 6"x 6", watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 4, 6″x 6″, watercolor, 2016

Since the texture of the paper doesn’t stand out so much on these, they look more natural than the first two in spite of their unusual colors. Mushroom 4′ s color is a bit exaggerated but Mushroom 3 is actually that color of blue.

The models for these mushrooms came from a copyright free image site called Pixabay.