A couple months ago I wanted to try creating the same subject (an old barn window) in different media. I made it through two of the four. Why? Well, the second one I did was in graphite and the results really captivated me. The other day I decided to do a bigger piece in graphite. This is an original design of a cliffside lighthouse, and let me tell you, I loved doing this one! This is an 8 x 10 on Bristol vellum.
Well, here’s part 4 of 8 in my series of the Old Barn Window. This is the final product using graphite pencils and is 5″ by 5″ as all of the pieces will be. Again, I still have challenges getting the photos to more accurately depict the actual artwork, but this is pretty close.
I very much enjoyed working on this piece, and being only the second piece I’ve done in graphite I must say that I am very pleased with it. I learned a lot, as usual, and had a great time making this one.
For parts 5 and 6 I will be rendering the Old Barn Window in pastel pencil. Also, I’m thinking about having a bit of a contest when I’m done with all four of the Old Barn Window pieces. I’ll let you know more as I progress!
Well, here’s the beginning of the next drawing of the Old Barn Window. This time I’m working it in graphite pencil, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ve only a very few things with graphite, so it’s taking a little getting used to, but I can already tell I’m getting hooked. I’m really enjoying doing the same subject in different media – so far! The next update will be the finished graphite drawing!
I can be easily distracted, especially by colorful, shiny things. When it comes to my art I can get distracted as well. I can get so caught up in trying to find the right tint or the right value for something that the fun just sort of fades away and the art becomes a chore. That doesn’t leave me in a very happy place. So the other night I grabbed a piece of colored pencil paper and my graphite art pencils and had a little fun.
My husband likes barns and I’ve been trying to draw him a nice barn for a while now. I’ve tried pastel pencils, soft pastels, and colored pencils, but the outcomes have been less than what I would have liked. It seems I just needed to keep it simple, stupid!
By using graphite I was able to concentrate on the subject, on the light, on the shadows, and not get caught up in tints and trying to blend colors properly. Don’t get me wrong. I love bringing color to my art, but sometimes simplicity should rule the day. Life is filled with enough frustration. Why bring that to our art?
Here’s the finished barn sketch. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until I was well into the piece that the paper had some scoring on it. I was so excited to get started I didn’t even think to check for that. But my husband loves it, and so do I. When I look at it not only do I see a barn and silo, I also see simplicity and the freedom it can bring.
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