Dark Clouds Sketch

I’m back! It’s been a while. A lot has been going on and still is but, I missed you all and needed to write so here goes. I’ve been focusing on my socials lately and updating the website with some of my latest artworks. Things have been going well but I’ve missed writing. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok or YouTube, you probably haven’t seen my latest works. I’ve been posting video’s once a week either on Friday or Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet to my YouTube it would be great if you did.

I’ve been studying the clouds, this isn’t new though it began a few years back as me just taking pictures of the clouds and has now turned into sketches of clouds. You know me, I like trying different mediums so there will be a video and post all about chalk pastel clouds. For now though let us discuss the charcoal pencil sketch video below. It took a while to get it how I wanted it. There was a lot of adding and then lightening or darkening parts of the clouds for contrast. I know you want to see the video but don’t runaway yet though. Follow my art process first and then click on the video below.

Dark Clouds
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As you will see in the video I started out by adding a few of the clouds using my graphite pencils and smudging and blending them in. Tissue paper and Q-Tips are my go too’s for smudging and blending. I especially like using the q-tips for the small details. I started out by using the lightest pencils first and then added in the darkest parts with my darkest pencils.

As I got further into the sketch I then used my trusty charcoal sticks and a piece of paper to make sure I didn’t blend anything that wasn’t meant to be blended over. The sticks added in some really great contrast throughout the sketch. From there I again used my charcoal eraser and began removing some of the shading to brighten the highlighted areas. The charcoal sticks were used again to add in the finishing touches.

This artwork took time and every now and then I walked away and came back to it. While watching the video you can see subtle light changes on the paper I was sketching on that’s because I prefer to sketch using natural light. Most times when the sun goes down I pack up but with this one I was caught off guard.

Just like with writing, walking away is a great way to really knowing if you are on the right path. So don’t be afraid to walk away, do something else even if its only for a few minutes. When you get back to it there may be things you feel can be changed or even parts that you really love that you want to make stand out even more. Make changes or continue where you left off.

Check out the video and let me know what you think? Don’t forget to head over to the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery to see what’s new!

I will be posting every other week again. So, thank you so much for joining me today, stay safe and have a great two weeks ahead!

Spice Jar Sketch

Spice Jar Sketch. This sketch is used to show people my final art work. And then send them to check out my YouTube Channel and TikTok.
Spice Jar Sketch

Have you ever reached for a particular spice or seasoning and found the jar sitting on the shelf way in the back of your cupboard empty? It makes me want to yell every time it happens to me. Maybe it was because I was looking for something to sketch but, this jar actually had something in it. I love using bay leaves when I’m making pasta sauce, lasagna, chilli…the list goes on. Can you tell, I’m a little bit hungry but, let’s get back to avoiding cooking by looking for things to sketch.

This particular bay leaf jar caught my eye. I picked it up, placed it on the kitchen table, and admired the shadow and reflections of the glass and aluminum. Lights, camera… and off I went into the serene, comfortable, world of creativity! Even if I don’t like what appears in this sketch, it can be fixed.

How I Sketched This Spice Jar:

I never showed you all this before. Here’s an image of the pencils I used for the last few sketches. They work well but, I promise practicing your art skills is far more important than the pencils you use. If you love to draw, or sketch just go for it! Don’t let anything stop you from creating. Sorry, no image of the eraser here but, it did manage to get into the video. I was slick with it in this video. You’ll only see it if you watch really carefully.

I started out by outlining the whole jar with the 2H pencil while taking into account the details that showed through the jar. I did this knowing there would inevitably be some trial and error. See, drawing glass is tricky for me. I think it’s because I have to decide if what I’m seeing is shadow, light, or reflections from the glass. It casts the brightest reflections depending on how much light is around you. Yeah, it’s just as hard to explain as it is to draw.

Once I finished sketching the outline of the jar, I began shading in the inside of the jar lightly and then deepening the shading using the 6B pencil. This pencil can be quite unforgiving. I always wait until I’m sure I like what I’ve drawn before using it. Then I used my 4B pencil to shade the circular indented sides. While drawing in the dried Bay Leaves I realized I had to make them look almost like imperfectly folded sheets of paper. In other words, each leaf had to have a little bit of space in between. Using the darker shading under each leaf helped guide me.

The bottom of the glass jar had little dots on it. I thought it was a nice detail so I added it in. It’s the little details that really bring art to life. My favourite part of this sketch was definitely the lid of the jar. It was a lot of fun shading it in to show how the light bounced off it. At times, I have a tendency of overshading but, erasing a little bit away and adjusting always helps.

From there, I touched up the glass reflections on the table. Which was how the finished product really came to life. Once again, I went over the whole sketch and shaded in all the darker areas of the spice jar. This was so that the lighter areas would pop more. Overall it gave the sketch even more depth.

We all have our own way of making realistic art. My question for you is, how do you make your art realistic?

Try it and see. It’s the objects that call you to sketch them that turn out the best so go for it! To watch this artwork come to life go to my YouTube Channel or if you’d prefer, I’ve recently joined TikTok.

Well, now that I’ve finished sketching and my belly is rumbling time to cook dinner! New post coming up on October 25th, Take care!

3 Things Sketching Taught Me

Artist colouring in the word create
Artist colouring in the word create Photo by Lum3n on Pexels.com

I’ve been sketching since I was a child. I can’t tell you enough that it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. Concentrating on an object and breathing life into it helps me relax. I draw things as I see them and find the process to be restorative. The best thing about sketching is that there is no right or wrong. It’s entirely up to the artist to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Yes, you can make suggestions but ultimately change is up to the artist. Here’s what sketching has taught me:

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