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Dancing Feet and At Barre

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Dancing feet

Dancing feet

Dancing feet
At Barre

Ta-Da! These are numbers 11 and 12 of the calendar I set out to work my way through. And I did it!!!

The 11th picture in the calendar was probably the easiest. The lines seemed very simple.

I feel so proud. I did these with mechanical pencils. And about all else I can say is "Whew".
Sue


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
The drawing entitled 'Dancing Feet' is really very attractive and so well done!

The drawing 'At Barre' is incredible, too. It's not anything I would even attempt because I know it would frustrate me too much. I give you lots of points for not only having a go but at succeeding too.

I wonder if you feel at a loss now as you look for your next drawing challenge? It was obvious that you improved by leaps and bounds from start to finish in this challenge. I guess that's what challenges are really all about.

I have to admire your persistence along with grit and determination to get it done. No one would ever guess you have been seriously ill mid-stride.

I will be merging all of your ballerina pages very shortly and I think they will look brilliant all together.

Good job Sue!... (*applause*... *pats on back*...)

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Drawing Friends

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Friends of Megan's

Friends of Megan's

Friends of Megan's
Adding a table line

These sister were featured in the paper yesterday preparing for the Nutcracker. They are friends of Megan's and I decided to do a quick sketch. Again with the mechanical pencils.

It seems to go easier as I go faster because I only spent about 45 minutes on this one.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
I absolutely agree about sketching being easier than drawing. It's great to free the mind and just let your pencil do the talking. It usually amazes me that I can produce a likeness when I sketch because I don't really care how it turns out. I just love the peace that surrounds me in that moment.

Have you tried the timed exercise (you can read more about it in the sketch book) yet? It is fun because you only have say, 5 minutes (time frame decided by you), and yet you will be surprised what you draw in that time. I know you have the book but I had to put the link in there so everyone knows what I'm talking about.

I see you do what I do and omit the 'grounding' of the subject. If you try just adding a short little stroke to the same side of each ballerina, you will likely notice that it makes a big difference to your drawings and sketches. I am so sorry you have picked up my bad habit!!

Edited to add:
Just by putting a line beside the ballerina (see the second image), it gives the impression she is standing on something solid.

It's called a "table line" from the days when still life was a popular subject and a horizontal line was drawn to represent the back or front edge of a table.

I think of it as grounding the subject so that it doesn't look like it's hanging in the air. Drawing in shadows would do the same job.

I am no expert but I hope I've made a little bit of sense. Please ask away if I haven't made myself very clear.

I am so proud of you and how much work you have put into your drawings. I love to watch how you are not deterred by any subject, it's admirable stuff.

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Rehearsal Pose

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Ballet pose

Ballet pose

Here is another attempt at drawing the human figure. I based this sketch on a picture in a book.
Mostly I used my trusty mechanical pencil, eraser, and a charcoal #4 and #6 for shading.
Again the hands gave me the most trouble, but I kept trying until they looked "acceptable." I like the way this turned out.
I worked on it off and on for several days. I will probably work on it some more and see if I can attach her hands to her wrists better.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue,
Your drawing is very good! I don't think you need to amend the hands or wrists.

All beginner artists try to demonstrate every little thing in a drawing whereas, really, we only need to "suggest" and the viewer's imagination makes up the rest.

Keep in mind that you are learning to draw the human form - it is a long process and it's best not to deceive ourselves of the difficulties that come with drawing people.

I am delighted that you are comfortable to share your learning process with me because I'm not sure I would do it. Well, um, I know I haven't done it. I dislike all my attempts intensely so I just keep trying!

You have my admiration - I'd be happy with this too! Keep going little mate, you are doing just fine.

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