Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Relief Sketch

I've been working on a large scale religious art project for the home for a few months now. I can only do a little at a time and won't be revealing the whole thing until it's done, which likely won't be until January or so, but here's a part of it...
I can't draw freehand to save my own life....but I can look at an object and do a rough sketch. Much better if it's two-dimensional, i.e. photographed or already drawn on paper. This is simply a sketch from a photo I took of a wall relief. Photographing the sculpture really helps to see where the lines and shading need to be. It's not ready yet for framing, but I'm hoping to persuade my husband to finish the blending and highlighting details. (He can draw....quite well, I might add.)


Believe it or not I've had the materials to do this very project for years now. Way back when Gianna was about eight months or so, I tried to learn sketching using how-to-books as guides. I bought these exact tools in my attempt at nude sketches (tasteful ones people - no laughing). So when it came to sketch the wall relief I had just the right colors and tools on hand. Love that.

Materials used: Sanguine and White hard pastels, craft knife for sharpening, putty rubber (eraser), torchon (blending tool), vellum Bristol fine art paper.

5 comments:

Lois said...

Kristen. You seem subtly to criticize yourself---but copy or not, this is very lovely. Artists sketch statues and sculptures all the time. It takes talent and patience, so give yourself some credit. Will this sketch be for your girls' room or another area of your house?

Elisa said...

Pretty...I can't wait to see the finished project.

Mary said...

Kristen you are one talented lady. Is there anything you don't do?? It's going to be beautiful!

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

You have a gift!! I am in awe!!

Kristen Laurence said...

Thanks ladies.

Lois, the drawing is for our dining room. I think...