Sunday, March 05, 2006

recent sketches


I'm trying to really improve my drawing skills this year and this is one of the books I bought to help me practice. I'm on chapter 6 now and I've already noticed some real improvement in my technique. Most helpful have been Ms Bradley's instructions on "overlapping" and "wraparound." Here are a few hands I've done using those concepts.

I've also done a couple of sketches of Emily in preperation for a portrait I'm doing for Crystal. I'm using the photos of Emily at the window that Crystal posted on her blog a last month.

8 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow. Your sketches are great. Sorry, let me introduce myself. I'm Jackie from GA. I found your blog by skipping along through BlogSpot. I've even been following and praying for Emily's surgery and recovery. Keep working on your drawing. You definitely have a gift!

Kim Traynor said...

Welcome Jackie, what a small world! Thanks for the encouragement. I just started an oil painting class last week, my first art class since I was a kid, and it just reinforced how far I have to go! But that's okay. A writer named Julia Cameron talks about people in her workshop complaining, "do you have any idea how old I'll be before I get the hang of this?" and her response is "the same age you'll be if you never try." I'd rather be 40 and a good painter than 40 with the same set of skills I have now!

Steph Stanger said...

nice pictures Kimmy.

Crystal said...

WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE the picture of Emily! I am almost crying!! Kim that is just beautiful. Emily is just beautiful. You are so great Kimmy!

Kim Traynor said...

Hi Crystal, glad you like it so far. I tried to do a bigger sketch today in preperation for working on a 16x20 canvas and wasn't able to get a likeness I was satisfied with. I think my brain is having a hard time reconciling the little kid Emily in my memory with the grown-up Emily in the photo! Anyway, I'm really excited to make Emily my first oil portrait. Maybe tomorrow I'll figure out what is going wrong with my big drawing and finally start putting down some paint.

Swinging Sammy said...

great sketches! I have no talent in art, so I really appreciate those who do!

Sara said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL sketches!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the one of Emily!!! She's SO beautiful!!!

Lauren said...

I can see in the Emily sketch that you're really improving in you ability of doing the facial features. Way to go, Kim!