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Bird table

by Sandra Busby
(East Sussex, England)

Drawing Of A Bird Table

Drawing Of A Bird Table

I bought myself a pocket sized sketch book a good five months ago, but up to very recently, I didn't draw anything in it. Silly really - but I was afraid of spoiling it!

The time came when I was off on a trip to Wales, which is very pretty and I really wanted to practice sketching while I was there. I decided that rather than take a completely empty sketch book with me, which seemed a scary thought, I would fill the first page before we left for the trip.

This is the bird table in our garden viewed from the upstairs window.

I drew this using pen & wash, which I was inspired to try by somebody else who had left pen & wash sketches on this site.

It was the first time I had ever used it and I thoroughly enjoyed it too. It took me roughly ten minutes and I was very happy with the result!

**Note from Kerry:
I can see that your hand/eye co-ordination is getting into a good rhythm now, Sandra. This is a great drawing. I'm impressed it only took 10 minutes, you are good!

It would be Bill (from Darwin, Australia), who has influenced you with his pen and ink wash. I'm a big fan of his, too.

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Old Tree Root

by Sandra Busby
(East Sussex. England)

Drawing Of An Old Tree Root

Drawing Of An Old Tree Root

I spotted this lovely old tree root on a river bank whilst on a recent trip to Wales with my Husband, my son and My Dad. My Dad suggested I have a go at drawing it, but since I am still such a beginner and had never attempted any thing like it before, I decided to go and find something else less complicated, instead.

The thing is, there was nothing around that I liked as much as the tree root, and I thought that if I keep avoiding drawing things that look too hard, I will never learn.

With that in mind, I sat on the bank and took out my sketch pad, which I now carry everywhere - having taken Kerry's advice - and started scribbling away. It didn't look like much at first, but after 20 minutes or so it started to look suprisingly like what I was trying to draw.

With that as encouragement, I carried on scribbling. By the time it got to the stage that you see now, I was really pleased with what it had turned out like, and also totally suprised too!

It really could have done with another 20 minutes or so working on the depth, tone and texture, but having sat on a wet, muddy bank on such a crisp Spring day for 45 minutes, I was feeling really cold and stiff, and I decided it was time to go.

But, I left feeling really encouraged.

I am going to look for more things like this to draw now because I really enjoyed it.

I drew this using ordinary graphite pencils - HB, 2B, 4B & 8B. I have just ordered myself some tinted graphite pencils, because with just the slighted hint of colour, I think I could have made more of the Moss and Ivy creeping up the bark.

Any ideas on improving my drawing are always welcome!

**Note from Kerry:
Hi Sandra. Doesn't it look fantastic? I am so proud of you!

If you're wondering why it looks grainy, that is the 4 and 8B pencils. For some reason, they don't scan as well as a 2B. If you wanted a crisper outline, you would go over the outside with a 2B.

Of course, this is just a tip to use when you scan your drawings. I would think it looks just fine as you look at it in your sketchpad.

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