Today I have many news, but no new drawings. This has been a crazy month, my cat had surgery, my grandfather passed away and I’m moving out to a new home… a new city…. a new country. It’s a lot of things at the same time and I’m trying to live one day at a time. My bags are made (which means that my pencils are somewhere beneath clothes and other stuff) and I will fly on Thursday. This also means that I have to temporarily close my Storenvy store. I hope I can get it back with more stuff soon.
Meanwhile I got the news about the Derwent Art Prize. This was a bit of a bittersweet victory but nonetheless, it was a victory
Unfortunately my Iguana wasn’t good enough and this really let me down… I was anxious but my hopes were high
The good part part is that my hubby convinced me to also participate with my lobster drawing (Procambarus clarkii), and guess what?! This one made it! I will have my lobster in a gallery in London! This cheered me up a little. So those are the news for now, I will try to post again with news, and drawings soon.
Hello again! This has been a busy month with tiresome hours at my job, my cats surgery and many other things to do, but I managed to finish my iguana in time for the Derwent Art Prize contest.
Here it is finally! It took me 34 hours of work, sweat and dreams of scales
I only used Derwent Studio pencils and my reference was this picture by Rogeliotoba.
(I asked for his permission to use his photo and I recommend that you always ask for permission when using other people photos as a reference. This way its better for both of you.)
This will be available for voting on Derwent Art Prize Gallery. If you like my work please take a moment to vote for it
This time I won’t show you more hourly photos of the iguana, although I keep taking pictures. I have something else to show you
I already finished the head part of the painting but I left the big cheek scale for the end. Since this is a big scale I decided to make a video showing how I painted it.
This is not a tutorial but you can have a general idea of this method of painting with coloured pencils. Although my camera is not the best for videos, you can understand which parts and colours I painted first, and see I make many layers of colours, first painting lightly and than using more pressure.
I painted most of the scales of the head one by one, the same way I painted this big cheek scale.
You can see the video with a bit more quality on Vimeo
This post is a bit different from the others. It has some of my drawings but these are very special drawings.
I went to my parents house last weekend and for my surprise my mother had found my first school notebook. I wrote that journal when I was 6 years old, and now, more than 20 years later I’m really happy to see how I draw back then. I love the fact that I already paid attention to many details, like the number of fingers, eyelashes, and even the movement.
So here you have some pictures of the “masterpieces” of a 6 year old
The cover of my notebook. I don’t know what I was thinking when I draw that face but I love the detail of the movement of the ball.
This is the fist page (19 Nov 1992). The handwriting was not as bad as I thought it was.
Love the shoes, the cherry on the cake and the fact that I draw all the legs of the table and of the seat
And finally an update on my iguana. It’s going slow but it’s going. For this post I took pictures with 1 work hour between each other. As you can imagine I already have some hours of work here, and the worst part is yet to come.
Although my sketchbook isn’t seeing much action lately, last week, while I was on vacation at my hometown I made some sketches “worthy” of showing on the blog. (Usually my sketches are just messy).
These were made to try out the new blister of Derwent Drawing pencils my brother gave me.
Then I wanted to try to draw something with metalpoint. I liked it better than I thought I would.
Above: made with metalpoint;
Bellow: made with a graphite pencil
And then some other drawings:
My brothers were playing X-Wing Miniatures Game. I was the war reporter.
The 52Hz whale. The real “forever alone”. You can read about it here.
Don’t ask me what it is or what I was thinking when I draw it… I really don’t know.
And today I listed 2 new notebooks on storenvy. Both have the drawing of a sloth drinking tea. Sloths seems to like to chill out so why not having a nice, quiet afternoon tea?
One of the notebooks is a A6 size (14.8cm x 10.5 cm / 5.8 in x 4.1 in) and the other is a pocket size (10.5cm x 7.4cm / 4.1 in x 2.9 in).
And just a small note in case you’re wondering: I’ve been writing on this paper with a fountain pen and I didn’t get any bleed, so I’m really pleased with it.
Notebooks comparison and sizes