This was the first drawing I completed for the final term.

The series is called: “Elements of Nature”

I found this branch down by the creek near where I live. Thought it would be an interesting subject for me to draw. I just didn’t realised it would take me four days to complete it because of the detail involved in drawing this one.

I got fed up with the wooden puzzle going on in the centre, so I decided to go from the other side and work my way in. Feel’s like you’ve done more that way ūüėČ

I just gradually made my way in tiny piece of detail at a time. I wanted to prove to myself that I could draw something like this which is why I chose it.

I was really happy with the way it turned out. Looked like you could just reach into the paper and pick the log up. But at this stage the only flaw was it looked like it was floating in mid air…or mid paper, depending on how you look at it. It needed shadows to ground it, which I messed up rather badly but by erasing the majority of the ridiculously, overly dark shadow I finally had the correct amount of light and dark to balance the image.

Unfortunately, it’s not the best final photo because I took the image using my phone. I will take a proper one for documentation with my camera later on. The¬†drawing has been put onto thick, black mounting board to give it support and¬†protection, and make it far easier to exhibit because I didn’t want it pinned or stuck to the wall.

Kevin Hill’s Top Ten

I went to¬†Kevin Hill’s Top Ten¬†exhibition last weekend. It is an annual show where some of Australia’s best landscape, wild life and portraiture painters are shown. I am able to talk to the artists each year and receive great advice and encouragement from established, well-known artists. I have linked a number of artists’ websites to my blog. Three from the exhibition are: David Brayshaw, Do Noble and Werner Filipich. These¬†artists¬†I found very inspirational¬†and their works incredibly beautiful, detailed and rich in colour.

http://www.kevinhillstopten.com.au/

Indigenous Art Exhibition

I recently saw the Indigenous Art exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre.

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/indigenous-art

I found it very interesting and discovered a wealth of information throughout the exhibit about these incredible people. I learnt quite a lot wandering through the vast displays.