Drawing Prompt – the last gift you received

drawing of charcoal pencilsI knew once I started bounding around the 31 Days in January  AJW Sketchbook challenge is run by Palma of A Creative Journey  I would be jumping about for the rest of the month. This grasshopper like activity  is because I am trying to draw these things from life rather than work from photos as my goal this year is to get into the routine of drawing regularly. It is only with constant practice that I will improve so I am pushing myself to try and draw daily. Anyway this is the prompt for day 12 which reads “the last gift you received”.

For Christmas I was given a box of Derwent Charcoal pencils and I had time to test them a little. In this drawing I used watercolour paints, Charcoal pencils and pitt pens in a Strathmore mixed media journal. The disks are swatch tests of each colour. I also used a fixative on the page because of course charcoal smudges. I like smudgy drawing media as you can push it about a bit but it does need to be fixed. As usual click on the image to see a larger version of the photograph.

This is also EDM drawing challenge 97 Draw a present you have received

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8 Responses to Drawing Prompt – the last gift you received

  1. I got some of these last year, but haven’t really used them yet – so you’ve given me an incentive!

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Jules they really need fixative and I have added baby wipes to my sketching kit as my hands get very dirty using any smudgy type media but I do like pushing stuff about with my fingers!

  2. Nancilyn says:

    Love everything about this layout from your wonderful rendering of the gift, the artful way you demonstrated the gift, to the overall composition. Form+ Function=Art? I see this as a great example of
    pages from your journal as workhorse; ie, working journal. I appreciate how you incorporated the smudging into your design. It’s charming as well as the absolute essence of working with charcoal. I cringe recalling early times with charcoal sticks — hideously messy.

  3. Beth in IL says:

    Thanks for posting these. It is making me want to take time to draw…

    • sharonb says:

      HI Beth – this year I plan to find time and establish a routine. I know I have said that for the last 2 years but I have given it much thought and decided that is one of those things I really wan tot get back to and not get to the end of my life and wish I had done it. So I have cleared the decks and hopefully can reclaim a little of the skill I used to have.

  4. Susan says:

    hi Sharon a few weeks ago a friend posted me a link to you blog as she felt that one of you post might help inspire me through a time when I was suffering from sevre creative block. I have to say she was spot on and I have been following your post ever since. I think your sketches are beautiful and just wanted to say thank you being inspiring.

    • sharonb says:

      Thanks Susan I was starting to wonder if all these challenge drawings were just a little boring for readers. Challenges are great for those who do them but for other people it is not so interesting.

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