pencil drawing

Shackled

 

I live some aspects of my life according to unhelpful messages from my parents and my anxieties, rather than as nature and free spirit intended. I am increasingly aware of these things and their impact upon me. I created this image to express the sense of being constrained and shackled. The image makes me feel angry and sad.

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IVF III

 

Those of you who follow my other blog (NorthernRose’s Ramblings) will know that I recently experienced a third IVF failure. I have felt the presence of unexpressed pain about the experience and outcome. This morning I have felt ready to do something artistic in order to have healthy contact with the pain and allow some of it to come out. I have basically drawn the experience. At present, everything connected to the IVF attempt feels uncomfortable but hopefully in time, a separate and happier relationship with meditation, particular foods, swimming, the music I was listening to and the crafts I was doing, will be restored.

 

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A Bewildered Child Left Behind

 

I felt unsure what to call this sketch. It depicts me as a child feeling abandoned, bewildered, alone and full of shame. The first adult is my ex-manager who made me redundant. I’m no longer wanted at my old job and I’m expected to be able to go out and get another job on my own. The second adult is a friend I met at a mental health drop-in. She befriended me, messaged me frequently and has now pulled away, leaving me alone again. I’m supposed to be able to go out and make friends myself. The third adult is my therapist. She’s decided not to reduce fees for me as a long term unemployed person. She suggested we meet less often instead. Her world appears near perfect from the outside. I feel full of shame for how I am. I feel others are exiting my life leaving me alone and stuck. I refuse to embrace adulthood because it’s too frightening.

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Cityscape Using One-Point Perspective

 

I came across a fascinating video which demonstrated how to draw a cityscape using one point perspective and decided to give it a go. Above is the second one I did. I’ve tried to make it look like a British street.  My first is below. I had a few learning experiences with the first so wanted to have another go at it 🙂  It’s actually quite easy to do and a good exercise for people wanting to learn basic skills in perspective.

 Here is the video I followed. The author has lots of drawing videos on youtube which I think are quite good.

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Hitting Myself With a Tray

 

When experiencing destructive thoughts and feelings towards myself, I had thoughts of whacking myself on my forehead with a tray. Rather than carry out the urge, I decided to try drawing it instead. This helped me to manage the urge.

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Learning to Draw Properly

As mentioned recently, I have been working through the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. I have learned about negative space, basic unit, sighting and perspective. I have found drawing using these techniques difficult as I quickly get very frustrated. I have completed some pictures which are copies of existing pictures, which I have drawn by hand using just single hairlines to assist, and have decided to share these. They are focused on shapes and proportions.

This one was from a knitting magazine.

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The following two are from a Noddy annual from 1980 (Original image copyright Purnell and Sons Limited).

This one took me a couple of hours to complete.  I got fed up towards the end so the back of the bonnet could have been better but I am generally quite pleased with it.

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This one took an hour and a half. It was supposed to be the same size as the original as I got frustrated trying to make it proportionally bigger. Again, quite pleased with it 🙂

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Drawing From Upside Down Images

I have recently started reading the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. The book is aimed beginner artists looking to improve their skill in replicating lifelike scenes. The basic idea of the book seems to be teaching skills based on using the right side of the brain instead of the analytic left. One of the first exercises was to reproduce some line drawings from images which are upside down. The left hand brain doesn’t like working with upside downs images so shuts up, leaving the right to get on with it and do a better job. Here are my three attempts at drawing images based on upside down source images. The original images are on the left and my drawing is shown on the right, having turned them all the right way up. I found copying the images difficult at times but persevered and am pleased with the results.

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The image is provided in the book. It’s called “Portrait of Igor Stravinsky” by Pablo Picasso.

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Original image source is free-colouring-pages.com. I have Photoshopped my version just to darken the lines.

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Original image source is colourmegood.com. Again I have Photoshopped my version to darken the lines.