Archive for August, 2010

Leaf #3

Valerie Littlewood

“Miracle Fruit Leaf”

400 × 358 Pixels

Pencil on Paper

I appreciate how defined various aspects of the leaf are depicted, including the shadow underneath the leaf and the system of veins that branch out from the middle.  The artist used various weights and shading methods to make things like the veins “pop” and seem three-dimensional.

In my drawing, I hope to incorporate the same techniques used in this one to make my leaf seem realistic and three-dimensional.  I want everything to look as defined and accurate as  I can possibly make them, so that a person could feel as if he or she could almost reach out to touch what would appear to very closely resemble a real leaf.

The artist recently moved from Europe to Orlando, FL. She created her website to show others in her new country what she is capable of creating with her imagination.  She looks to hear back from people who view her artwork in order to develop even more skills and pursue art professionally.


Carolyn Pappas

No Name

662 × 788 Pixels

Ballpoint Pen on Paper

I admire the fact that the artist could make such a beautiful and accurate drawing with a pen; she only had one shot and couldn’t erase anything.  I love the way she shaded the leaf; although the lines she used to show shadows looked inaccurate, it somehow brought more life into the leaf, and recreated the subject in a fascinating way.

I plan on shading my leaf  like she shaded hers, not with a blur of dark blacks and grays, but with lines; it made the leaf seem more realistic yet unrealistic at the same time, and converged accuracy with simplicity.

The artist created her blog in 2005 in order to motivate her to keep drawing and painting as she went through life facing new challenges.  She often posts pictures of her newest pieces and asks others for constructive criticism.  She is open to growth, and art is a hobby because it liberates her from a world of strict rules and hard work.

Alexander Johnson Smith


464 × 552 Pixels

Graphite/Pencil on Paper

I appreciate the effort put into this drawing to accurately portray the leaf’s veins and crinkle marks as well as the detailed shadows cast upon it.

I plan on taking time drawing the exact outline of the leaf in my drawing, like in this one, including the areas where it bends or folds differently.  I admire the shading, and will do my best to show light and dark areas on my leaf as well.

The artist has an entire website dedicated to his pieces.  He creates arts with many mediums, including pencil, clay, oils, wood, plaster, computer, and so on.  His hobbies are to create art, study technology and mathematics, and observe human nature and anatomy.

Self Portrait

I put a lot of effort into this self portrait.  I started the assignment thinking it would be a piece of cake, but ended up realizing just how wrong I was when I ran into some difficult features, like the hair and ears, which took much more time and re-dos to draw than expected.  Another challenge  was the facial expression, which pretty much boiled down to drawing the mouth to express a certain emotion.  I had a lot of trouble perfecting this, which is the reason why the face has a blank expression.  If I could change anything in this project, I would draw in portrait mode, as I ended up being limited by the landscape page and the head was drawn wider than in reality.

Activity 1

My favorite color is blue.  I love going to movies, probably at least 2 a weekend.  I am obsessed with horror films, and my favorites include Halloween (1978), The Scream Trilogy, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6, and The Descent. My favorite food is pizza from Mackenzie River Pizza Company in Whitefish, Montana.  I love roller coasters, and have a goal to eventually ride one in every state.

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