It seems like every National Park has an “Inspiration Point” somewhere along the trails. And from that point you can see an iconic view.
Yosemite was no different and the view was truly stunning, overlooking Yosemite Valley itself. It was a wonderful place to stop on the way into the valley, enjoy a short hike up to the point itself, and enjoy lunch before capturing the view in a charcoal sketch.
You can see El Cap on the left, Half-Dome in the middle, and Bridal Falls toward the bottom right. What a fabulous experience!
This flower caught my attention during a day hike and I thought that it would be a great addition to the series of geometric ink drawings. It’s a little bit different, but at least it broke the tree theme.
Following the Tree of Life drawing, it only seemed to make sense to build a series of geometric nature drawings. While it might be a bit obvious, the first thing that came to mind was an evergreen tree inside a triangle. However, it was still a lot of fun to draw and I’m looking forward to future projects.
One day while perusing online sketchbooks for inspiration, I found it in a series of “Tree of Life” drawings. I’ve always found myself drawing trees, so this was a natural fit. Years ago, I started drawing these moons with the rays around them. Combining these, with the circle of the moon inside the tree and then the frame was a lot of fun.
Mom asked for a portrait of her new favorite child, her dog Trixie (a puptrait?) While my sister and I have been replaced -le sigh- at least Trixie is cute. Here’s the process from draft to finished sketch.
I started with pencil in order to work out proportions and general placement – especially with all of the strands of hair, trying to make sure ahem every hair is in it’s place.
Then I pulled out my drawing pens and began to go over the sketch, adding more detail as I went.
While most of the lines are done with an 05 Micron, I also used an 08 for really solid areas like eyes and nose and the 03 for finer details such faint shadows.
Getting closer! Just a few more details, now.
And the final step is to go back and erase the sketch guide-lines so that only the ink remains.
Add a signature, write a note to accompany it, and then carefully pack it and send it on for Mom and Gary to enjoy!