Friday, August 29, 2008

it's been a long time coming

So, some time back France Belleville and I started this draw off thingy.
It started with France's great drawing of Tom's camera that you can see HERE.
I came back at her with THIS drawing. I wasn't too happy with back then, but it has grown on me a little since.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, she threw THIS at me.
And finally, here's my response. Drawn in black ink with a little help from a big fat 2B.
Yes, it was supposed to be a drawing of the front of the camera. I did try but I got all freaked out by all the circles (I have terrible OCD tendencies when it comes to drawing circles, they have to be perfectly round or I'll have a nervous breakdown). So it ended up being a side on version. I will attempt the full frontal version again sometime in the future. But, one thing is for sure, I definitely won't be getting into any drawing matches with Mademoiselle Belleville* ever again.
*Of course, I'm always up for a challenge with Madame Van Stone. Congratulations France and Tom.

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Blogger Felicity said...

But worth the wait! Fantastic drawing Andrea! I can't see why you didn't like the last drawing, the composition was so good - you really are too hard on yourself! ;)

12:26 PM  
Blogger laura h said...

oh it's so beautiful! What delicate nice.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Content in a Cottage said...

Andrea...You are too funny about the OCD and perfect circles! I am new to your blog and love it. I can't draw at all and admire your talent. I am puzzled about the appeal of the Moleskin Journals. Doesn't the line down the middle of your artwork bother you? I should think it would trigger a really big nervous breakdown! Do you ever use big paper?

1:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy Maudlin said...

What fabulous pictures you both did. I enjoy your blog.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Barbara Weeks said...

LOL. I love them all!

2:39 PM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

You and France Belleville are both incredibly talented - and you have a fabulous style! This drawing is totally awesome! Your comment made me laugh too - perfectionism is great when it gives results like this!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen Gardner said...

Just tremendous, even the lettering on the side is perfect. you must have the hands of a surgeon.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Eve and My said...

You have a really lovely style! great work!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

This is like watching Battle of The Art Masters!" I am in awe of you both! :)

12:58 AM  
Blogger Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Oh, I dunno ... I think you did just fine.

1:08 AM  
OpenID trudger said...

You get into so much cool collaborative projects with other artists out there! I'm jealous.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Saorise, the Irish nymph said...

this is unbelievable! I an in awe.....

2:39 AM  
Blogger joseph's art and stuff said...

great read and even better art.

5:35 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all, folks.

Content in a Cottage, it's strange but the fold in the page doesn't bother me anymore. I guess, I just like the Moleskine too much to give it up. I do use paper too. I've been making a conscious effort to do more of it.

Stephen, you've obviously never seen my post about my very shaky hands!

Cheers everyone. You're very kind.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Andrea, I just love zooming in on your work and looking at how you've carefully laid down your lines to create the shape and shading of the things that you draw. You always turn the most mundane items into beautiful pieces of art. The only thing that I would recommend is that you stop drawing across the fold of whatever book you are using to draw - just so that they will be ready for publication when you're ready to produce your book - because that's where you're headed. Some publisher is going to find your work someday and want to capitalize on it - for your good and his. Maybe that's already happened, but trust me girl, you're that good.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Joan Y said...

Hey girlie! I would not have EVEN ATTEMPTED a draw-down with Miss B! But, you and she are in a caliber all your own and if there is anyone that can have a draw-down, it's you two! Your lines are immaculate. I am always in awe!

9:26 PM  
Blogger wagonized said...

I didn't expect to be slapped in the face tonight when i came to your blog! That's it, i am officially withdrawing from the battle :-) As Ms. Belleville, that is!!
This is incredible, Andrea. Many times i have toyed with the idea of doing a side view of Tom's camera, but didn't have the guts. Your lines are so fine. And i love how you let the little strap "go" toward the left.
I'm off to Flickr to fave it.

1:55 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you lovely peeps.

Rick, I am so touched. That's more than made my day.

France, of course, I am ALWAYS up for a challenge with Madame Vanstone!

Thank you, Joanie.
Cheers guys.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

This is great stuff!! Love the details. If the circles freak you out, why not do an orthogonal view. Then the circles will be more like ovals!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

This is excellent - a tricky subject indeed. I'm with you on the whole circular issue too - except you manage it and I don't!

10:05 AM  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

That silence is me - speechless, dumbstruck, pouring myself another glass of Riesling. And beside myself with admiration.

6:34 PM  
Blogger innermostbeauty said...

I found your blog and I really enjoy your work. I love the "global lighting" of your washing machine illustration and of the letters illustration.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

What a fantastic series! You're both amazing! Thanks for sharing.

3:41 AM  
Blogger guzn said...

i've loved your art...
your fantastic andrea...
i'll follow you and others sketchblog...
visit my own at
maybe it's not pretty enough but i hope it's an art....

8:15 AM  
Blogger Genine said...

another awesome drawing!! i;m at a loss for words!! I just hope you and france keep it up. I love to see the results :)

12:44 AM  
Blogger suzanne said...

Yay...I'm not the only one on vacation. Believe it or not, your lack of posts makes me feel less alone in this cold, dark world :)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Joan Y said...

I just have to tell you that I am looking forward to this showdown with Ms. Van Stone! :)

7:40 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Cool challenge, there will be blood and gore and art galore!!

7:55 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all, guys.

Suzanne, I too have been comforted by your lack of posts recently. It is a cold dark place and I just hope to be on my way back out of it.

Thanks everyone for continuing to visit, even though I've had nothing to show you. I appreciate it. Cheers.

11:26 PM  
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