Back in January I wrote how Jerry was making a new violin. when he finished it I decided to sketch it (of course). This is the first sketch of the new violin in our house. This is also a EDM challenge sketch #17 which reads Draw a musical instrument
Then the following day I decided to make a page spread to celebrate that he had actually finished building it. I think it’s sort of magic how someone can make a musical instrument.
I am still working in my hand bound journal and some of the paper is smooth for writing but I wanted an interesting surface to sketch on as I wanted to capture a little more of the feel of the instrument. I tore up some old sheet music and used Gesso to glue it to the pages. I then used watercolour paints, inktense pencils, artist pitt pens, and colour pencils to draw the violin.
I thought I would share some of the process and the finished page spread. Click on the images to see larger versions.
If you want to hear it Jerry made a youtube video to share with some facebook mates. You can view and hear it below.
Boy I am being tardy with my blog posts here but here I am big stupid grin on my face with another drawing from the Every Day Drawing challenge list. Number 256 says draw something bubbly. Well… this did bubble at one stage
This is the mate to the coffee pot (EDM 249) – a very battered kettle. It was used on wood stove for years and years. My father would say to me lets have a cuppa and it would go on the stove and he would poke and prod the fire into life while I stood and warmed my back. If it was summer we had an old Meters Kooka stove ( Aussies will know what I mean) outside. We cooked out there all summer in the cool of evening sitting out on the back verandah, as it was too hot to cook inside. Now of course he has electricity now but when I was young many areas of rural Australia had to generate their own power or go without. Anyway those are the memories associated with this battered old thing. It made many cups of tea.
Here it is perched being a good model as you see it has very bent handle. I drew it using Faber Castell Pitt pens and watercolour paint and Derwent watercolour pencils. I sprinkled salt into wet watercolour to get the texture.
I am swinging by to share another drawing challenge photo. This is EDM drawing challenge 249 which prompts us to draw a coffee pot. This is an old copper pot my father had. The pot is no longer functional as the tin lining is damaged and there are a number of dents in it now. Click the image and you see a larger version.
I used Faber Castell Pitt pens, watercolour paint and Derwent watercolour pencils to do the exercise .
These exercises to draw items on a list of prompts do prevent me wandering about the place looking for something to draw. I just find something, plonk it down on my work table and get on with it. The main thing for me is to practice draw from life. Its’ a bit like a musician doing scales – drawing from life regularly helps keep my eye in. It does not matter what it is I draw. The drawing does not have to have any deep and meaningful message. The object can be part of my life but that is it.
During the trip I filled 3 sketchbooks. This is the second book. In the video I have answered a few questions people asked in response to the first video, such as, what glue I use, what is Washi tape etc.