February 1, 2010

A Week of 30 Minute Gardens & Mountain Pencil Sketches

Various graphite & pencil drawings done at Huntington Gardens, San Antonio Gardens & Sherwood Forest, a oak and birch grove up in Baldy Canyon.
These are relatively quick, 20 to 30 minutes sketches that focus on blocking out compositions, value comparisons and simplified quick texture scribbles.

Pencil drawings done at Huntington Gardens focusing on different close up compositions from the Desert Cactus section.
Though done quickly there is defiantly a focus on arranging the design shapes and using value contrasts to explain the plants.

Drawings from the Japanese Garden at the Huntington. Changing light means changing techniques and working tone and line together. Silhouettes are very important to organize the compositions.
Sketches are about 8" X 8" in size drawn out in portable sketchbook with chisel pencil point.

Small 4" X 3" drawings done at San Antonio Gardens. late afternoon light and raking light

12" X 8" pencil sketch of palms & cactus in late afternoon light. High contrast, back lit objects and lines are set up in the design. Solid & rhythm in the composition

Close up of a Sycamore tree and branches. Leaves help describe the ground plane perspective. San Antonio Gardens

Composition only blocked out this a mid-range level of tones and values to organize composition and space before committing to completion

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