Monday, July 30, 2007

one more time

A quickie. I think you've met before (here). Little terracotta incense burner. All done in sienna brown and burnt ochre pencils. Lovely colours and lovely names too.

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Blogger Computerarte said...

Like always, lovely!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

Beautiful!! What a hand you have :)
I was happy to see you again, many hugs Andrea!

2:39 PM  
Blogger brian nelson said...

Great job!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Joan Y said...

Wow, this is even better than the Flickr site, you can click on the image and get a super huge view! Great detail!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Fricka said...

She's gorgeous!! Really soft and just.. beautiful :)

9:51 PM  
Blogger Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This is yummy..... just look at that texture. I'm amazed, how did you do that? Beautiful.

3:19 AM  
Blogger J Matt Miller said...

How you get such gorgeous tones with a pencil is beyond me. Do you have to keep your pencils wickedly sharp?
Very nice.

4:39 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

So delightful, so simple. I just scribble, but you are so focussed with your use of tone.
And I love elephants of course.

6:38 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks guys,

Jo, I'm not sure what's going on with this elephant - it's uploaded HUGE, here and on Flickr. It's only a smallish drawing.

JMatt, VERY sharp pencils yes!

Cheers all.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

What sort of paper do you use, Andrea - is it really smooth?

11:54 AM  
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12:23 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

Fabulous ellie! I love the names of some colours too. They are so poetic.
Please would you share more info about your materials and methods? What sort of sharpening device do you use? I always get in a mess!

3:55 PM  
Blogger BlissHill said...

Really lovely pencil work Andrea.
Re: the size of your elephant - When you scan or photograph in readiness for uploading, choose your size by pixels, not by inches or cm, which could well be sized to 300ppi. So re-size to maybe 600 pixels, and upload, and see if you like that. My laptop is 1920 pixels wide, but others might only be 800, so your elephant at 1600 pixels wide, would seriously overflow that smaller screen.

Wordy, but I hope I have explained OK.

10:58 PM  
Blogger juj said...

After scouring my nose across the computer screen for the bazillionth time I have finally resigned myself that no matter how hard I look I will probably never see how you manage all that beautiful texture, and so I have decided to quit wondering and just enjoy enjoy enjoy.

3:19 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you guys,

Alison, I always use a Windsor & Newton heavyweight paper (it HAS to be heavyweight to put up with all the lines!). It is called smooth surface - although it's not the smoothiest I've ever used. It's nowhere near as smooth as a Moleskine for example. It's the best paper I've ever found - and not too expensive either.

Gillian, in this drawing I used Karisma pencils - unfortunately they have been discontinued. I'm not too fussy with the materials I use (anything I've got close by). I just use those cheap metal pencil sharpeners - I don't find they last long though so I go through quite a few of them. I do keep my pencils very sharp.

Cheers all and thanks for the advice Blisshill.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Absolutely lovely! :)

11:31 AM  

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