Merry Christmas!

My first semester of college is now over, and it’s now Christmas! This year’s Christmas picture shows the drive home for Christmas. I think it’ll go well with the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

Driving Home for Christmas

I drew the background with pastels, but I wasn’t satisfied with the saturation, so I added the other features with Photoshop using my tablet. I think it went quite well!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

K

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Animal Pastel Drawing

While shopping at an art store a while ago, I saw a box of oil pastels with a decent range of colors for a pretty good price (I think around S$7). I then happily bought it!

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I then worked on a piece for a while, which I am happy to show you today!

I took inspiration for this piece from a few photos. Here’s the link to the elephant, the gazelles (first photo and second photo), the zebras, the rhino, the leopard, and the background (first photo and second photo).

K

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I know this post is a bit late, since it’s past December 25, but since Christmas is 12 days long, I hope you still have time to enjoy this post!

I’d originally drawn the below drawing with pastels on common printer paper, but it turned out so awfully that I had to redo it in Photoshop. The final product didn’t turn out that well either, so I’m posting my family’s Christmas decorations to make up for it!

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And here are the decorations:


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Green Pumpkins

After buying pastels, I remembered that the only time I’d used them was for a quick sketch of an imaginary (and almost unidentifiable) field of flowers. I thought it was time to use them for a ‘real’ sketch.

My comfort zone seems to lie in natural objects so I decided to draw a fruit or vegetable. There was only this pumpkin in the kitchen so I managed to steal it before my mom ate it. And, here it is:

Pumpkin

I really like pastels! It’s like charcoal, but with color! I did this piece in several layers using fixative and it gives a nice noise effect, like on Photoshop. This also coincides with IF’s theme: Natural. I have a lot of natural pieces but I’ll just upload the most recent. Too bad I can’t upload multiple entries; I would have liked to share my GCSE work.

I would love to hear some pastel tips from you masters. 🙂 Please comment below!

K

Tree in Snow

One of my resolutions for this blog was showing my work in progress, and I hope to do that today!

There’s a tree in front of my house that looks very nice in snow, so I thought I’d draw it with mixed media. The picture below is my first sketch done in color pencils. I’d also just bought a colorless blender that I tried and found that it worked really well!

Snow Tree 1

I then added in the background (watercolor), darkened up the tree, and blended the snow more with some black and white pastels. It turned out to be:

Snow Tree 2

I still don’t think it’s finished as the background looks a bit plain. Perhaps I’ll add some bushes in watercolor or another tree. Not sure yet. Any ideas to make it more interesting would be great!

K

Settled Down

I’m finally used to the twelve-hour difference and so can post as usual now! A lot has happened during the past two weeks, such as me getting used to the cold (and inches of snow), as seen here:

The coldest day in a decade!
The coldest day in a decade!

I’ve also bought some new art supplies. And by new, I don’t just mean that they are unopened, but I also mean I got materials I have never used before! Such as pastels!

I was so excited to use them (I have never used them before. Wait, I just said that!) so did a little experiment on blending, layering, and gripping. It turned out like this:

Field of flowers

I think I was a little cold and wanted some summer. Who knew would ever want to be hot!

K

Children

Well! It’s been more than two weeks since I’ve posted on this blog, and now I’m back! All tests are now finished and I’ve done the best I can. I just hope that my best is enough. Like all students hope…

But the reason I’m posting is for this week’s IF theme: Children. I’ve approached this theme in two ways. Firstly, the drawing I’m uploading was drawn when I was around five years old (which is a bit embarrassing) so it is a ‘child’s’ drawing. Secondly, the drawing is of a child, so it literally portrays the theme of ‘Children’.

Boy at a picnic

 

Yes, this is very embarrassing for me to post here, but I suppose it just shows my progress in drawing.

Also, I’m going on holiday this Sunday to London! So excited! I’ll tell you all about it when I come back.

K