Bed sheet practice!
At some time over the past few years, I must have been very tired, as I began following a tumblr blog that is dedicated to pictures of cozy beds. They are nice to look at, and I found one that was completely white with a crumpled up sheet. I immediately thought that it would make excellent practice for a white on white cloth shading exercise. It was nice spending some time on this. It had the calming effect of colouring, but exercising my drawing skills at the same time. I used my 6H (really hard pencil) to render in the shadows, as a light base, then used a much softer pencil, maybe a 2B for the dark parts.
The harder the pencil is, the lighter the line it gives, and less graphite is left on the page. If the pencil is soft, the graphite leaves a lot more behind when drawing, making it darker, and doesn’t stay sharp for long at all. So this means, a 9H would be extremely hard and light, a 9B is very soft and dark. The scale begins at 9H, through to H (like 1H but it doesn’t have a number) then there’s a F, HB then into the B’s from B to 9B. The H stands for Hard, the B stands for blackness, and the F stands for Fine point. HB is usually a standard writing pencil that is used in schools, it is right in the centre of the scale, being dark enough to read, but not too dark that it’s hard to erase. 2B is often a recommended drawing pencil, as it is a bit softer, allowing you to get some nice contrast as you learn different pressures of shading.
I’m unsure if this system is universal, as I’ve heard of the #2 pencil from America, but this is the way I know it.
One of my favourite pencils is the 4B. It’s really dark and it’s hard to keep a point on it, but for days when you don’t know what to draw, you can produce some tattoo looking line art and block in colour easily while just doodling. You certainly don’t need the whole range of pencils, maybe just one you like. You can usually try them out at the shop.
That was sudden. Next impromptu lesson might be about papers…




I’ve been trying to maximise my variety of copic markers, by laying down a base colour in copic, then doing the shading in coloured pencil. This works to a certain extent, but now my red and yellow aren’t working, which are both rather useful for Christmas colouring. As you can see on the bells around his neck, I tried using a mix of orange and brown mixed with yellow pencil to make gold, but failed miserably. Luckily, I can fussy cut that bit off at the collar or cover it with gold sharpie.



I’ve been wanting to draw something, but can’t think of what to draw. This one came out when I was watching an instructional drawing video, and used the base face position, and went my own way from there. I think she has potential to become a full picture. She feels like a cabaret fairy to me.

Day #148


Quick little sketch. Thinking of things to put into resin. I wanted a few things more personalised than stickers, so I’ll see how it turns out. I’ll seal the images and hope for the best.
I bought a few more silicone moulds today so should be all set. I have basic shapes – round, square, hearts, stars, roses, shells and an alphabet as well as a mat for doming on. I don’t think I could be more prepared for a craft. I might be able to do some actual casting next week, if the weather is nice.

Day #60


Just drawin’ today. Long day so kicked back with some drawing. I was playing with a cord that was laying around, and wrapping it around my finger.

I thought it looked rather cool, but had in mind those images that have skulls and girls like a tshirt design or tattoo. I know it didn’t end up anything like that, but I like it. I’m not finished, as I’d like to complete the shading on the cables. The tricky part of this drawing was keeping the thickness the same throughout. Lining up the cable when it goes behind objects needs a good eye, or some erasable guidelines. Another hard part for me was the foreshortened face. It doesn’t look natural and my brain wants to combat the shrunken features.
If you’re drawing something like cables, remember to keep a natural curve. The thinner the cord, the more it can bend, but there’s still a limit. Same goes with hair.