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Drawing A Dog (Chico)

by Sue
(Tennessee)

In Memory

In Memory

Hi, Kerry.

Several weeks ago, a young person asked for someone to draw her dog and she posted a photo of a tan and white chihuahua. I recall that she said he was very ill and wanted a drawing.

I know how she feels because in the space of 6 months, I lost both my dogs and my cat (they were all 17 yrs old.) but that did not make it any easier. I have since rescued a chihuahua and a "whirling dervish" .

But I have attempted to draw her dog. I will send it to you and you can decide if you want to upload it to her site or not.

Thanks,
Sue


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue,
Aww, you have done such a great job with your drawing! He's gorgeous.

Unfortunately, we haven't heard another word back from Carol (the lady who requested the drawing) but I remain optimistic that she will check back in soon.

I will put a link to your page on Carol's page in the hope that she sees it.

Thank you, Sue, you've done a terrific job.

This is the link to the original request:
Please Draw My Dog Chico

This link is another drawing of Chico, by Michael:
Chico

On behalf of Carol, I would like to thank both you and Michael for your sweet thoughtfulness.


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Is That Me?

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


I saw this picture on a card and fell in love with this kitty looking into a clear pond.
I have 2 gray and white tabbies so I love to look at pictures of them.
This was actually a watercolor print, but I'm still afraid of color.
I used a mechanical pencil (Bic cheapo) and a blending stump.
I was proud of this picture for two reasons: I didn't have to erase so much, and I had fun drawing the reflection of the kitty looking back at himself.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
This drawing is oh, so beautiful!! Your drawings skills have grown so much and it's great to see you're not afraid to tackle any subject. Admirable stuff from a lovely lady!

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Follow Directions

by Sue
(Tennessee)

MGM Lion

MGM Lion

This lion was featured on an MGM slot machine. If you rolled all three you hit the jackpot. I rolled all three but won nothing. After reading the fine print, I found out that you had to bet the maximum to win the jackpot. I only bet 25 cents and I should have bet 75 cents. Duh

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue, I can understand why the lion looks so cranky then! You've done a great job drawing him.

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Bruce, the reformed shark

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Bruce, the reformed shark

Bruce, the reformed shark

If you have seen "Finding Nemo", you are familiar with Bruce, the shark who attends 12-step meetings (and backslides).
I saw this picture in a book about Nemo and it looked easy enough. The shapes were easy enough but bringing dimension to Bruce was more challenging.
I used a #2 lead mechanical pencil, a charcoal pencil, a blending stub (how do you clean those?), and Michael's click eraser.
I spent 2 nights on this drawing and was pleased with my results.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue!
I love your drawing - you have done a great job and you are right to be pleased with it. I hope you have added your signature and the date on the back - this is a keeper for sure.

To clean a stomp, you can use light sandpaper or you can rub it (draw) over a textured piece of drawing paper to remove the graphite from it. I don't worry about cleaning mine because I have a few that I use for each grade of pencil.

You might be interested in this page that Will has about cleaning and making blending stomps:
How to clean a tortillon

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Hold the tartar sauce

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Ah, dinner

Ah, dinner

My apologies to the lady who drew the original picture. I saw it on the internet (and of course I couldn't find it again.) I thought it was cute so I gave it a try.

I used a #2 lead mechanical pencil and spent one evening on it.

I showed it to my hubby and he said the fish was too big for the bowl. He was right (please don't tell him I admitted that.) So I did some adjustments.

I think I still need to work on the kitty, but I wanted to share what I had so far.

Where has Michael been? I wanted his input on my watercolor drawing. Thanks,
Sue


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
Your drawing is gorgeous! It's a really great piece and I'm impressed you created it in one night.

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Crush the Cool Nemo Character

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


I am still drawing Nemo characters. They are fun.
I did this one while I was waiting in the hospital and while I sat with my mother.
I thought it would be easy but there was so much texture to Crush that I had to really study it and try different methods.
I outlined it with a mechanical pencil and a 2B, 4B, 6B, and a charcoal pencil .
I am proud of this one for two reasons--It makes use of texture that I really haven't tried before, and it made the time at the hospital fly by and took my mind off Mother.
Tell me what you think.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
I can see why you are enjoying these Nemo drawings, you are doing such a good job and isn't it satisfying to devote the time and then end up with a really cool drawing? You will receive a lot of joy viewing these drawings in many days to come - I love them too!

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Bunny Rescue

by Sue
(Tennessee)

Bunny Rescue

Bunny Rescue

I have to keep rescuing bunnies from the pool. Perhaps if I post this drawing, they be scared off. Animals are easier for me to draw.

***Note from Kerry:
I love your bunny Sue! You have a great style.

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Sleepy

by Sue
(Tennessee)

Sleepy

Sleepy

My college age daughter began drawing cats as a stress reliever from her studies. Her drawings were wonderful and we asked her where she got her talent. She said from my side of the family (my sister is an artist).

So I decided to see if maybe I might have a smattering of some talent. I have a long way to go.

**Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue, I think your drawing is great! The best part about using drawing as a hobby is that you'll never run out of things to learn. It's a never ending journey of fun and discovery. Enjoy.

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Max The Gentleman

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


This is Max, the little dog I rescued from certain death at the animal shelter. Sometimes I wonder, "What was I thinking?" But I love him to death--he makes me laugh with his antics.
I used a 2B sketching pencil and a lot of erasing.
To be honest, I started this using a grid but I am so poor at math that I could not keep track of which square I was supposed to be in.
I swear, I felt like I did better without the grid.
I would love to do this in color because Max is tan and white with big green eyes (one eye a bit cock-eyed).


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
Wow, I am impressed. You've done a lovely job of drawing Max. What a lucky little fellow that you came along and rescued him!
Whenever I use a grid, I tend to use very few squares (bigger grids) to save confusing myself and they help me with proportion etc. I use them for portraits only. They are not for everyone but it's good to see you've given it a try.

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Drawing A Kitten In Fright

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Yikes! What's that?

Yikes! What's that?

I think a posturing kitten is precious. After I got him drawn, I decided to give him a reason to be frightened. (Hence the squirrel in the foreground.)

I know the proportion is off but I ran out of room on the paper. Kinda like building a car in the house huh?

I used a #2 mechanical pencil and #4 and 6 charcoal pencils.


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Note from Kerry:
Sue, you really need to start giving yourself credit where credit is due! Your kitten drawing is so delightful!

It came to my mind that you are one brave artist - nothing seems to deter you and you take on the challenge to draw what you want to draw. That is a trait that I admire, right there.

The expression on the kitten is so apt for your title and it made me miss my cat, Munchee.

While I love drawing with charcoal, I tend to avoid it because it needs to be sprayed with a fixative - do you do that? I have a few drawings that I did with charcoal and I haven't fixed them to the paper. At this stage, I don't think it has affected them and I don't worry because I don't think anyone would keep them anyway!!

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TAFFY

by Sue
(Tennessee)

In most loving memory: TAFFY  (May, 1997-August, 2009)

In most loving memory: TAFFY (May, 1997-August, 2009)

After raising my youngest daughter, Taffy completed her mission on earth. She will be missed forever. TAFFY (b: May 12, 1997 d: August 12, 2009).

(I had no portrait photos to go by, so this is from memory)

***Note from Kerry:
I'm so sorry you have lost a dear friend, Sue. I hope Taffy continues to provide you with lovely memories, and laughter at silly things she used to do.

I think this sketch is fantastic! I love it. You have done her justice. It's unreal that you achieved this from memory. Well done.

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Deer or elk?

by Sue
(Tennessee)

Deer or Elk?

Deer or Elk?

I'm not really sure. It started out to be a deer until I saw some beautiful elk grazing in a valley that I frequently cross. Any opinions (yes, I know it needs more work)?

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue, art is only finished once the artist declares it done! If this was mine, I'd be finished! I like it just like that.

That's a nice fingernail too. Seriously though, I think you've done a terrific job of this sketch. Thanks for sending it in.

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Surprise Results

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


I started doodling (as opposed to googling) with no end result in mind. As I looked closer, I saw the beginnings of an elephant so I continued in that direction.
I was using a #2 lead mechanical pencil (cheap kind).
The sketch needed some emotion so I penciled in the baby elephant. She is making sure her baby is safe as all mommas do.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue!
I love doodling and then making something out of crazy lines - it's usually when I surprise myself the most.
You see, I love this sketch! This is what drawing is all about, creation, surprise, reward etc etc. (I would love to see more!)

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Dory

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Dory the Ditz

Dory the Ditz

This is Dory. She is Nemo's best friend and just a tad ditsy. My children say that she is a lot like me. My children are so kind.
I used several kinds of pencils, mechanical, HB, 4B, and charcoal. Mostly I use an eraser.


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Note from Kerry:
Ha ha Sue, you are so funny! Don't feel bad about using an eraser, I do too! It's very normal for us part-time artists and one day (God willing) we may get to do a whole drawing without one.

As for the drawing, I say it's a job well done! I love it, when I watched the movie with my granddaughter, Dory reminded me of me! Besides being ditzy, I like to think she is lovable. You have produced another keeper. Hugs to you!

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