I discovered that this is not a good drawing pad for this kind of drawing. I used the grid system to draw it and everywhere I erased lines the lines showed up as a shiny white line. They were very hard to shade over; they just showed right through the graphite. The pad is okay for practice or pen and ink drawings though. It's the Hobby Lobby brand "Master's Touch". When I get better I will buy better journals.
I tried to copy the window on the cover of the Spring issue of Art Journal magazine...just to see if I could. I drew it freehand, went over it with a Pitt pen and then watercolored it. Added a couple of bits extra that I'm not sure I like, but it is what it is now.
I finally got a little time to play with my new pan pastels. I bought the portrait set and just wanted to play and experiment with them. This is just a quick sketch I did. What I learned is that seven colors of pan pastels is not enough. I also used pastel pencils, but if I were going to do a portrait for real, I would definitely have to incorporate my regular soft pastels for more color variations (or buy more pan pastel colors, which is simply not an option right now). Also, I like it a bit smother. I don't really like this girl a lot...there are issues with the drawing, but it's okay for a what it is....a quick bit of playtime. ;) [Note: The pinks in her cheeks and neck are not actually this rosy in the original. The camera does this. Probably my lack of photography skills.]
Pan Pastel and a bit of pastel pencil on 8.5 x 11 kraft paper.
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I have to explain this one. This started from a photo I took while in Blaye, France. I wanted to do this page in watercolor—I'm teaching myself watercolor and I'm not very good at it yet—but I really wanted to try. Well...I messed it up. So I decided to cover it up with collage bits. I grabbed the top pack of napkins in my basket, which happened to be roses and geraniums. Then I added the stamped text and a stamped a face that didn't come off very well so she's a little ghostly. Wrote the word France, and that's about it. It's a collage to cover the watercolor OOPS that became a collage OOPS. :)