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Blue Monday’s

I’m really enjoying Carla Sonheim’s class, “Y is for Yellow!”

The assignment to draw blind contours in my sketchbook was a little scary at first:


We were to draw 5 images from a magazine with a ballpoint pen without looking at our paper!  It was OK if the images overlapped.  And I kind of like the “collage affect” from it.

Next, I squinted my eyes to see the darker values of my subject and colored them with a dark blue pencil.  I used a light blue pencil to highlight the mid values.

Today, I found the assignment a little more fun!


I included some veggies in the mix!  🙂

I recommend you give this exercise a try!  It really does train your eyes to SEE your subject!  And if anything, it will give you a good laugh – always good on a Monday!

Happy Drawing!  🙂



3 Candles

Sometimes it is fun to take one subject and create it in different art mediums.

I drew 3 candles – as blind contours that is without looking at my paper.

The first drawing I did in my sketchbook and colored them with Neocolors:


The second one, I drew on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper:


I think I like the second one in watercolor best.

I hope to experiment in other mediums this weekend.