Pear

Today’s still life sketch – a pear!

 

Pear

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Bad news and good news

I have some good news and some bad news for everyone.

First, we’ll do the bad news. ¬†My anthology sequel to Von Herling, Vampire Hunter will be delayed significantly. ¬†I will not be resuming work on it for quite sometime and it may not be ready until 2017. ¬†Why is this? ¬†I’m busy right now with Sunnyville Stories and must do significant work to not only promote & sell it – I aim to get the fourth volume out by the summer of 2017. ¬†For that, I have to stop work on everything else. ¬†I’m sad that I can’t develop the other ideas I’ve had but Sunnyville is very important to me. ¬†For more news and updates regarding the saga of Sunnyville, tune into my primary blog.

Now for the good news…this blog will not be simply tossed aside. ¬†I intend to continue posting drawings here. ¬†Some of my detractors have viciously attacked me for being lousy at drawing. ¬†To an extent, they have a point. ¬†In spite of how much better I’ve gotten at drawing, there’s still so much more than I’m capable of doing. ¬†I aim to keep working on basic drawing skills. ¬†While there are life drawing classes offered nearby for cheap (I plan to check those out), my aim is to start posting up still life drawings here. ¬†I have several instructional books on these and I intend to start reviewing them for information. ¬†Plus I will draw some of the still life exercises inside – fruit, candles, glass bottles, buildings, boats, cars, etc.

Stay tuned to this blog for more drawings.  My drawing will just keep getting better and better.

Pineapple

Just another still life drawing – this time it’s a pineapple.

 

Pineapple

 

This may look simple…but the shape and texture of the pineapple can be a challenge. ¬†That’s why it’s good to try your hand at drawing one.

Bottles, Glass, and Towel

This week, I have yet another still life drawing of mine. ¬†This was yet another exercise from the book Drawing Basic Subjects¬†from Barron’s.

Bottles, Glass, and Towel

"Bottles, Glass, and Towel", pencil on 8.5x11 in. paper

 

Drawing still life subjects is VERY good practice. ¬†It’s not that hard at all to find objects around your home to arrange in a still life. ¬†You can use cans, bottles, jars, cups and mugs, fruit, chairs, etc.

Why not draw a few drawings of still life subjects? ¬†It’s an effective way to practice.

Sneakers and Tennis Ball

This pencil drawing I’ve come to share with you today is some more practice. ¬†This came from one of my favorite drawing books.

Sneakers and Tennis Ball

"Sneakers and Tennis Ball"

This was an exercise from a now out-of-print book on my shelf titled Drawing Basic Subjects¬†published in 1994-1995 by Barron’s Educational Series. ¬†It’s a handy book that you can use to practice drawing skills or if you’re a newcomer to the art of drawing, it can teach you. ¬†The book itself has neat exercises in drawing with pencils, charcoal, conte crayons, etc.

Anyway, besides pencils, I used a handy tool to adding those highlights: the eraser.

Yes, you heard me right. ¬†Erasers aren’t just for correcting mistakes. ¬†You can draw with an eraser too. ¬†Use it to add highlights to objects or aid you with negative and positive space.