Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Drawings - December 28, 2010

Derwent Colored Pencil & Oil Stick 8.5 X 11

Derwent Colored Pencil and Oil Stick - 8.5 X 11
A pair of nature drawings today. These are basic landscape drawings, but I wanted to experiment with some shadow elements as well as the oil pastel. In combination, I like the effects of the colored pencil and oil pastel. The pastel helps to mute the stronger tones in the color and is especially good for distant objects.

I really find trees fascinating. They have so much detail and character and there are no two exactly alike. I suppose in that way trees are like people. I bought another Derwent chocolate colored pencil because I'm almost done with the first one I bought. My son got me a gift certificate for a local art store. It was a really thoughtful Christmas gift.

In the solo tree below I wanted to work on texture and light. I wanted the tree to look full and vibrant. Again, I used the oil pastel to mute and highlight.


  1. Debbie Johnson12:26 PM

    Nice job Marty. I like the composition on the top one the second one looks lonely and too perfect tree shape (if you understand what I mean)

  2. I think you're right Debbie it does look a little too perfect and it is lonely. It was a good opportunity to dry out the oil pastel in combination with the pencil. Are you working on or posting anything these days?