Sunday, February 24, 2008

The model

This is a very poor shot of the still life photo I used as the model for the "Apples and Oranges" drawing. I set up the still life arrangement and took the photo with my digital camera. I then had the picture printed.

Apples and Oranges

It looked like rain and I wanted to take a photo outside in natural light. Here is the finished drawing.

Monday, February 18, 2008

the big picture

And here is the status after this last weekend. The weather was stormy Saturday which gave me the perfect excuse to stay inside and work on this. Something about the shadows on the left is bothering me, not sure what it is. Again, the lighting makes it difficult to get the colors correct. Plus, I am getting some reflections off the drawing itself now. After it's completion I have to take it outside and see what natural light will do for it.

** weekend results **

I had better luck with the colors in this close-up of the apples. The apple on the right got hit with direct flash though, I guess I can't have it all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


This close-up doesn't show the colors correctly, there is more green in the apple in the front and on the right. Since it's just a snap shot I guess it is ok. Click on it to see a large, slightly fuzzy image.


I felt well enough by Sunday night I managed to make a little progress on the drawing. I added a little more depth to the apple on the right and started laying down some basic color for the oranges. I have a problem deciding how to finish the table top the basket is sitting on. The reference picture was taking on my kitchen counter and the surface is almost white with very faint grey swirly lines in it. I don't want to use that in the painting. I have to think about it. Maybe once I get further along I will have an inspirational AHA! moment. By the way, if you click on the picture you can see a larger version of it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

last weekend's progress...

I filled in the background and more detailing on the apples. It's difficult to get a good picture because of the lighting and the angle of the drawing board. Since these are "in progress" I don't mind so much. The apple on the right looks a lot more faded than what is really is. The light from the camera flash hit it just so to make it look lighter.