Basic Drawing: Finale

Originally posted 22 August 2009.

Since our final class was canceled, I opted for showing up this morning during my teacher’s painting class. I was the only one from Basic Drawing to show, so I felt a little out of place, but it was fun all the same. For our grand finale he let me choose my three-piece composition and materials. I went for a bottle, a vase, and a teapot, using chalk pastels on newsprint with an arbitrary color scheme. The colors I chose are such that no sane person would ever purchase in ceramic, but it was fun to use so many hues.

Since it was such a complex scene and my first time doing glass in color, it took me about three hours to complete. But I think I’m happy with it. It’s not my favorite (the lilies still win, and in fact are now framed), but it was a satisfying end to the course. I learned a lot in this class. I’d done a little noodling with pastels but I’d never even given any thought to charcoal or chalk. I had a great teacher and really enjoyed myself. The only thing I would have liked would have been to do more actual pen and pencil sketching. Perhaps next time.

chalk pastel on newsprint

And that’s it. I’ll take another class at some point. In the meantime, I’m thinking about getting some sort of tarp so I can use things like chalk and charcoal and pastels in my study without worrying too much about the white carpet.

Not that I have any clue what to do with my drawings. Most of them aren’t frame-worthy but I can’t bring myself to just toss them. So they’ll probably end up sitting in my closet. That’s okay. It was fun all the same.

Note: this is part of the Basic Drawing Series.

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