At The National Gallery Big Draw

The Big draw is a world wide drawing festival for anyone who loves to draw, including those who think they “can’t draw”, or are “not good enough” or “just a beginner”. In other words it is for everyone and promotes drawing.

The National Gallery of Australia held drawing events today and some of the members of the Canberra Urban Sketchers group decided to go along, join in the activities and have some lunch afterwards.

This year’s Big Draw theme is “Every Drawing Tells A Story”. When I noticed that there was story telling in the Asian galleries I decided to take a look and do some sketching.

Sketch of GaneshaI had a very enjoyable hour or so tackling the task of representing a very complex sculpture. This is a 1000 year old sandstone sculpture of Ganesha . In the Hindu belief system Ganesha is revered as the God who removes obstacles. He is also the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom so Ganesha has a pretty large brief!

My sketch was done in a hand bound journal on Canson 180 gsm paper using a 2B and 6B graphite pencil because the Gallery here is totally neurotic about any wet media, so no ink pens allowed. That said it is nice just to keep it simple and work in pencil. The gallery has loosened its rules about taking photos so I thought I would share with you a photo of the statue as it is a highly decorated and complex piece to draw! Click on the image for a larger view

Sculpture of ganesha at the national gallery of Australia I am sure you will agree it is not the easiest of pieces to sketch and I found my concentration span lacking at times and towards the end of sketch my focus was definitely straying but I loved the challenge too! When I felt I had learnt what I could from the process,  I joined the rest of the group for coffee and lunch. Once again it was great fun to get together with a bunch of sketching buddies, share our work, talk about the event and generally chew the fat.

EDM sketch challenge 62

I often draw the same thing more than once because the item itself is slightly different, or I see it differently, my skill level changes, my focus changes, or I use different media on different paper. What ever the reason each sketch presents a different set of challenges which I can learn from. Today I am sharing two recent drawing of pears. One is done in the journal and one is done in my new one.

sketch of pears EDM drawing prompt 62 reads Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.

I have sketched pears before (I love them and they are in our fruit bowl often!) These two sketches are done a couple of days apart
The first is created with coloured pencils which I blended with rubbing alcohol. It was one of the drawing exercises in one of the online classes I took. I am working my way through a number of exercises from various classes with a little more thoroughness. When doing online classes because they are not a regular thing in my life I find I either have to hurry to do the exercises or they slip and they don’t get done.

I do not use a lot of coloured pencil  but I like them because they are a dry medium. There are many times when I can not use wet media. For instance just this last Sunday I was drawing in Our National Art Gallery and they only pencil.  So I am keen to experiment with coloured pencils more.

sketch of pears in a bowlThe second sketch is done in my new journal. You can see one of the spacer cards that I have bound into the book. I have cut the edge of it with one of those paper craft punches that creates fancy deckled edges. The sketch itself is in the top right hand corner of the page because I will write on the rest of the page. For this sketch I used my Lamy pen with De Atramentis document water proof ink in it (fog grey)  watercolour paints, Derwent watercolour pencils,  Derwent Inktense pencils (almost a disaster as they were too strong for the image) and a touch of white conte pencil.

The two sketches were done days apart and I learnt much about materials from both of them. I hope you have enjoyed my little ramble and explanation of the two drawings.

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EDM drawing prompt 179 two onions

EDM-179-onionThis morning before I go dashing out the door I would like to share with you my sketch from yesterday. It is another mundane topic  but it is in the spirit of drawing every day things.  I think I enjoy drawing food. Since to day is market day I will have some more to draw too!

This sketch was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook which is 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 x 21.6 cm) using artist pitt pens, Derwent watercolour pencils, watercolour paint, white charcoal pencil and lots of fun splotching about!

Click the image and you see a larger version. This is drawing prompt off  the EDM challenge list .The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has a flickr group and a  Facebook page

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