Double Trouble

(Nov 19, 2009)



Not much to say this week.  Two more calendar images drawn. I’d hoped to have some color on these.  I’ll probably post that next week.

For some reason, I had some problems trying to draw these at full size (approx. 10″ x 13.5″), so I worked out the compositions in my sketchbook:



I then scanned them, tweaked and cropped them in Photoshop, then blew them up to full size and printed them out. Finally I traced the printouts onto bristol board and did the final pencils over those.

It’s a simple trick, though one I’m slow to use.  I guess part of me wants to conquer the challenge of drawing at a larger size.

I just want to take a moment to “pour a forty” for my first green Col-Erase pencil, which ended it’s artistic services during the drawing of the above two pieces.  It’s been a while since I’ve used non-mechanical pencils, so I forgot the maddening task of getting use out of one as it gets whittled down from sharpening.  There’s still enough length to hold on to, but my hand cramps up if I draw with it for more than 10-15 minutes.  I can probably still use it to sketch with, but it’s days of serious art-making are long gone.


Good-night, sweet prince;  And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Edit: In the comments, Jeffrey pointed out a good way to extend the life of the pencil, so I guess its work isn’t done after all.

2 Responses to “Double Trouble”

  1. Don’t be so quick to give up on your beloved Col-Erase yet!

    Walk down to the art store and by the equally beloved pencil-extender which allows you to nurse another 2.5″ out of every pencil you own. It will grip at the eraser, so that will not be as easily accessible, but there’s an incentive to make fewer mistakes. I can tell you from long hours with pencil nubs that the pencil-extender is the way to go. Then you can wonder what to do with a collection of pencil tips that look like tiny ice cream cones.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey. I think I had one of those in my art school days, but forgot all about them. Guess I’ll be breaking Ol’ Greeny out of the retirement home.

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