Finished Pumpkin Drawing

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My god daughter drew this picture of some creepy stuff. I love how she draws. She’s very observant and creative. I like how she drew the expressions on the ghost’s faces. And below is my finished pumpkin drawing.

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I got so tired of drawing pumpkins! But I think it turned out pretty good. I don’t think I’ll be looking at another pumpkin for a while though. I used graphite pencils, black charcoal for the background, and white charcoal for the spider webs. Now, I’m gonna try to go find a scary movie that will hopefully give me nightmares! Happy Halloween.

Getting Better at Figure Drawing

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Aside from drawing pumpkins, I’ve been working on improving my figure drawings. My goal is to be able to draw people from my imagination . . . easier said than done though. It’s been a little frustrating, but very rewarding whenever I see improvement. I’ve mostly been sketching simple stick figures to get comfortable with proportion and movement.

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I grabbed an old sketchbook and started filling up empty pages and empty space with as many stick figures as I could stand to do. It’s actually a lot of fun creating little scenes for my stick figures. And I’m able to see my mistakes and fix them.

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I imagine people in my life and get a really good visual image of them and their personality in my brain. And then I draw them. Some of my favorites are on the right side of this page. My wacky boyfriend loves watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and likes getting into the crazy JoJo poses. They make really good poses to draw. Btw, if you like anime you should check it out.

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Yoga poses are usually held for a long time and make really good ones to practice. And if you like sports, just grab your sketchbook and draw while watching. Since they’re moving, sports is really good for quick gesture drawings. And don’t forget your mirror. If you’re struggling with a specific pose, you can just use yourself.

After tons of deliberate practice, drawing from your imagination will be a piece of cake. If anyone out there is also trying to improve, I’ve found a couple of websites that have really good reference photos with lots of variety. Check ’em out.

https://line-of-action.com/

This site also provides teaching material and a community of artists that you might find helpful.

https://www.quickposes.com

This site provides a good variety. I really like the warrior images.

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I also found this guy on youTube. I was wanting to sketch, but I couldn’t get the motivation to just do it. So, I did a little search on youTube and this guy was just sketching figures while chatting with his viewers. I found myself listening and sometimes I wasn’t listening. But the important thing was I ended up drawing for an hour and I didn’t even notice the time going by. Plus, he’s a talented artist. Go ahead and check him out.

Struggles and Favorites

When I first started drawing figures, I struggled so much with proportion. My necks and torsos were always too long.

What struggles do you have when drawing figures?

I love drawing foreshortened poses. They’re so challenging, which is actually great for the learning process. If you can draw the complicated poses, then the simpler poses don’t seem so difficult.

What positions are your favorites to draw?

A Few Pumpkin Sketches

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I just wanna share a few more pumpkin sketches. My Jackabee, Sunny, got right between me and the drawing while I was trying to snap a pic. She always does that. She lays down on my paper, gets between me and the video game I’m trying to play. She’s so cute.

 

 

I worked a little bit more on the large sketch of the pumpkin that I showed in the previous post. I’ll probably do some more work on it this week.

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This pumpkin I drew with some Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set. It was my first time using them. They’re very smooth. Very different from my Prismacolor Pencils that I’m used to using. I still gotta do more on this one too.

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This last one is some quick sketches of the decorative gourd. It looks so cool and it’s fairly easy to draw, but it’s also kinda complicated. It looks like some kind of alien octopus with it’s tentacles wrapped around a planet or something.

I’m still in the sketching stage. But I need to come up with some ideas soon for the final art pieces that I’ll be drawing. There’s just so many options. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Pumpkin Drawing for October

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The air starts feeling cool and fresh. The leaves start changing colors. And the best part – I start getting the heebie jeebies to the extreme. I love it.

Heebie Jeebies – By Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

While I was grocery shopping the other day, a giant display of pumpkins grabbed my attention. They had so many interesting looking varieties that I thought could be a lot of fun to draw. I got a bag of small orange pumpkins, and the other two kinds in the picture above.

Apparently there are at least 50 types of pumpkins. I used to think there was just one type – the big orange ones you see at Halloween and on Cinderella.┬áSome of them have the coolest names too, like Hooligan and White Ghost.

Which Ones Did I Buy?

The similarities made it a little difficult to know for sure . . .

Pumpkemon – The white one with the orange and green stripes. Sounds like a cross between a pumpkin and a Pokemon. Maybe I can create a Pokemon character from this little pumpkemon.

Ornamental Gourd – I was going pumpkin crazy trying to figure out what kind the weird looking one on the left of my picture is. I’m pretty sure it’s a gourd used for decorating. Regardless, it looks like fun for making some art.

I started out sketching the orange pumpkin. Below are some quick sketches I did on yellow paper. I held the pumpkin in my hand and looked at it for a long time, trying to get familiar with it. This helps to be able to draw your subject better and faster.

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Side, bottom, and top views

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2nd page of sketches

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Nupastel and pastel crayons

The next sketch I did using graphite and white charcoal on my gray paper sketchbook. I was still going for speed with this one.

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This last one I decided I wanted to work on a larger piece of drawing paper and take my time. I like working large. It helps to focus on the details of your subject. I still have work to do on it.

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I’m having a lot of fun drawing these pumpkins. My plan is to post my progress throughout the month of October and we’ll see what kind of art I can create with these cool looking pumpkins.

Are you working on any Fall/Halloween inspired art? If not, then run to the store and grab some pumpkins and get started!