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Drawing from Life

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A sketch drawn from nature’s bits and pieces, strewn about my yard, while I delighted in the breeze.

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Blood and Vapor Series Sketch

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Pastel Pencil 8″x10″   Although I enjoyed making this sketch, I wasn’t really going anywhere.   It’s too literal, so I’m leaving it behind.  I’m working on lots of other solutions. So far, not much is really hitting the mark for the series*.

*A new series, “Blood And Vapor”.:   Who lingers within you?   Have you ever felt an ancestral presence?  The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone.  A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor?

Sketchbook Introductions

                                                                              Graphite                                             Introductions

Kind of how one feels at an awkward new school, new job,or new neighborhood orientation:)

Google Image Nightmares

I adore Google Images. I use it for all sorts of reasons, but occasionally something unexpectedly disturbing shows up while searching for an innocent, benign image like say, a mouse.

This guy is what the subconscious churns up after a little too much exposure;)

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Thank you creative writers who already responded to my previousc post-Call For Writers.  I’ll be posting your ideas (with due credit), very soon.  Anyone who’d like a take a shot at writing a little something about the girl in the water, please feel free. You can include your words in a comment, or email them to me elena.kidsart@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Fancy New Sketchbook

I’ve been gifted a charming new sketchbook, and I’m beginning to fill it up.

First pages..watercolor pencil

Goodbye Fish

Front and back cover wrap for The Sketchbook Project 2013.    Liquid Pencil and graphite

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a project so early before a deadline.  It’s done- my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2013.  Now watch, I’ll forget to mail it;)

BTW, There were only four pages in the sketchbook without a fish somewhere in the composition, so I deftly inserted fish on said pages;)  Fish are my constant in this book. Why? I must have been channeling Douglas Adams.  He guided me well, through to completion.

So long Doug, and thanks for all the fish;)

A compilation of the pages can be viewed in my Behance site-here www.behance.net/elenacaravela

Linear

Sketchbook Project 2013                 Graphite

Injectable image visualization;)

Beyond Barriers

Sketchbook Project 2013     Graphite

No matter what sort of beyond, there are intriguing spaces to travel.  Unfortunately, there may be limitations.  Some places are dangerous, ill advised, some not yet possible.  But, the mind’s eye can lead you… anywhere.  Where do you want to go?

Gone Fishing

Sketchbook Project 2013                    Graphite 

Fishing for…information, gossip, compliments, sustenance, trouble…             Ideas?

Space Invasion

Sketchbook Project 2012                                Graphite

Up to you, how to see this one.

Past

The Sketchbook Project 2013             Graphite

From family photos, a collage of images brought together through sketch.  The past rearranged.

Dreamswim

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I’ve little idea about how this drawing came into my head and out my fingers, but I as I was working, the feeling/drawing began to lean toward the precipice where fun begins a gradual drop- off  and changes into something a little scary…

In The Woods

  Sketchbook Project 2013    Graphite, Liquid Pencil & White Gouache on Stipple Paper

There’s just something about the dappled light and density of the forest.  The contrasts in the scale of life.  I want to stay. It feels like home.

The Lake

Sketchbook Project  2013               Graphite 

I’ve entitled this sketch,  ” At the lake” because…   I’ve  always enjoyed trips to a lake.  But..there’s something exciting and a little bit creepy about the surroundings;murky water, snakes, mystery lurking.  This sketch captures how I felt as a kid, near the lake.

Tissue Sketch

Sketchbook Project 2013                            Tissue paper and graphite.

Dreamplay

Sketchbook pages 11-12

Lightening up.   A playful, mostly linear teen-dream.

Beginning, Staying and Straying

Sketchbook Project Pages 9-10

I’m working with pencil on stipple paper again, with the tiniest bit of liquid pencil and white acrylic.  Just playing a little with scale and the concepts of beginning, staying and straying.

White Charcoal

I’m giving the graphite a little rest and working on Canson Mi-Teintes, nicely textured black paper with a white charcoal pencil.

I’ve no idea what this is about, except that my garden pig plays a starring role;)

Sketchbook Project 7-8

Smudging

Sketchbook pages 5-6 graphite on block printing paper

To smudge or not to smudge.. three schools of thought, I think..

Some are opposed to using a finger or an implement to blur and fill with graphite, feeling that it’s a muddy and lazy process.  Others feel it’s the only way to modulate values.  Still others don’t make judgements about the do’s and dont’s of  technique.  Clearly,  I feel comfortable in the last camp;)

Sketchbook 3-4

These pages are created on stipple paper and the drawing pencils are augmented with liquid graphite or liquid pencil.

I’ve never played with liquid pencil before.  Mixed with a little water, the result is a silvery paint-like substance.  Fun!

Sketchbook Project 2013

Done it again! Signed up for 2013.

This year, I’m committed to graphite with a touch of white acrylic here and there to pick up what the eraser can’t.  It’s all about the values, and an other worldliness.  My  objective is to concentrate on basics; strengthening my compositions through black and white values, and giving my right brain a work out, but keeping it raw, (resisting the temptation to refine).    I’m also experimenting with different papers. I’ll  eventually paste the pages into the sketchbook.  I’m  reserving one color perhaps, to introduce  later on..maybe;)

Above are pages 2 and 3.  Lots more to come.

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