zaterdag 28 februari 2015

ADAD 28: Last drawing

Okay, so last two drawings... 
The second one I have made into a painting. 
We are studying the works of the Dutch painter Leo Gestel 
(a nice exhibition of his paintings is now to be seen in the Singer Museum). 
He used a lot of different styles, one of which is pointillism. 
We were asked to make a painting in this style, inspired by his use of colours.

I have enjoyed this A Drawing a Day-project.
It is not always easy, I find it difficult to find subjects to draw.
But this pushes me to experiment and try drawing different things, 
and I experienced that drawing grows on me. The more I draw, the easier it gets.
And I also discover which style I like.

dinsdag 24 februari 2015

ADAD 24: food illustration

Inspired by an Italian cookbook with beautiful pictures,
I made this drawing with pen and watercolour:

maandag 23 februari 2015

ADAD 23 last shape

Reminds me of the Sami people in the north of Scandinavia,
They often use these colours (with the addition of yellow).

zondag 22 februari 2015

ADAD 22 another shape

I started with the shape of drops of rain, drew some lines and they turned into shellfish.

zaterdag 21 februari 2015

ADAD 21 starting with one shape

I like being inspired by the constriction of a shape,
I draw one shape, make a sort of pattern and then decide what I shall make of it.

I could make a stamp out of it or make something with the shapes, make them larger...

vrijdag 20 februari 2015

ADAD 20 flower beyond the line

Flowers are always a favorite subject, here I drew beyond the paintblob, just experimenting.
The picture is a bit dark... it was a grey day here.

woensdag 18 februari 2015

ADAD 18 Older women

Here in Europe you often see these older women wearing headscarves,
large coats to keep warm and flower dresses. 
I like them, they are strong and always busy 
taking care of groceries, family or their garden.

maandag 16 februari 2015

ADAD 15 and 16 about still life

In preparing a lesson for children on painting a still life I made these small drawings:

vrijdag 13 februari 2015

ADAD 13 and 14 Inspired by lace

In a fashion magazine I saw a sweater with a lace print, 
it inspired me to draw my own lace (with pen and pencil).

The possibilities for variations are endless... 
I have been to the Museum of Lace once, all those handmade decorations
are so wonderful to see. I also have several books on the history of lace, 
here in the Netherlands all the provinces have their own design.
I have never painted lace, but have seen many paintings in which the lace is painted so fragile...
I want to try it myself one time.

donderdag 12 februari 2015

woensdag 11 februari 2015

ADAD 11 watercolour fun

Watercolour is a nice medium, I do not have a lot of technical knowledge about it,
so therefore I just experiment and play with it.

zondag 8 februari 2015

ADAD 8 is an Alphabet

Handwriting is very trendy at the moment and I read about an assignment 
to write one letter in 100 different shapes, quite a challenge. 
I quickly made a drawing of the letter Z and came up with 23 designs.

I made this alphabet, I've always loved writing and calligraphy. 
My grandmother had a calligraphy pen and taught me how to use it.
I made this one with a marker pen.

zaterdag 7 februari 2015

ADAD 6 and 7 drawings

Yesterday I have been working at a life-size painting, I liked it a lot!
But down o the small drawing work:
A small sketch, using three colours of pencil at once, I like the effect.

Here, I used the pencil on its side shaping this model.

donderdag 5 februari 2015

ADAD number 5

Just the simple pen you use for writing makes a nice drawing tool for small portraits.

woensdag 4 februari 2015

ADAD watercolour 3 and 4

While preparing some lessons for children I drew some animals myself.
I love to use an old watercolour box to experiment.
 These rabbits and bird appeared:

It does not always turn out the way you want, but experimenting helps me to find new ways of colour combination or drawing methods.

dinsdag 3 februari 2015

ADAD 2 some flowers

Fantasy flowers, the wind slowly blowing them apart...
Made with colour pencil.

maandag 2 februari 2015

A drawing a day number one

It is already February again! Time for my yearly project of making a drawing a day.
This is the first one:

Made with a fineliner and colourpencil. 
Drawing a shape and then colouring can be very relaxing. 
I thought about colour use and how to use your pencil in various ways.