Posts Tagged ‘pencil’

Portrait, acrylic courses and maternity leave

February 12, 2013 2 comments

Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.

I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:

the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),

the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)

But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.

At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.



Teddy bear

December 18, 2009 1 comment

Just for fun… a little teddy bear drew using Conte pencils. The pastel tones are the most adapted to the children… even if it was not for a child! Blue for the dream part, green for the natural part and a yellow, brown, warm tone for a big hug!

Teddy Bear - Nounours
Teddy bear – 2001

Happy Birthday!

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Public opinion

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Who are we? The response depends on the observer! These two sketches have been drawn from this idea. It’s the type of sketch done without using our brain during a phone conversation for instance. With no purpose or planning, just a mechanical movement, we can sometimes achieve a better result than with more work.

Public opinion - Opinion publique

The first sketch depict a woman and his mind. She’s supported by a bloody hand which is the public finger. Her appearance is simple, but her mind is alive with various subject like death, freedom, nature, time, public opinion.

Public opinion - Opinion publique

The second sketch has been done using the trace left by the pen on the page under the first one. In the mind, the time, the public opinion and the fall are still depicted.

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Tongariro Crossing

November 16, 2009 2 comments

Amongst the most famous New Zealand’s great walk: the Tongariro crossing is a tramping in the Tongariro National Park located in the middle of the North Island. The track start from the Mangatepopo Valley close to Whakapapa (pronounced “Fakapapa”) and finish to Ketetahi Car Park. The track runs between Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro, across the south crater, up on the left of the red crater (beautiful red and grey lava flow), down to the emerald lakes and along the blue lake. The last part is quiet long but not difficult as the path goes straight down.

Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro Crossing – 2009

This landscape pencil drawing is based on a photography desribing the Tongariro Crossing. I haven’t been able to depict the Emerald Lake on the left of the picture with a pencil. This drawing miss the colors of the lava, the lake, the sky, and the stones.

Tongariro Crossing
Mts Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Tongariro – 2009

We have done this 20km walk this week end… one of my best short walk!

So beautiful New Zealand’s volcanoes, trekkings and landscapes… hope to be able once to depict how gorgeous they are!


October 21, 2009 1 comment

Another old work drawn when I was 16: Lying.

Lying - Mensonge

Why so lot of people are lying, transforming the truth to their advantage or hiding something for your sake? And too often some friends or member of our family ask us to lie so as to avoid explaining a mood point. In this picture the lie looks like a tongue or a leaf. In the mean time, the lie is a part of the face and something with its own free will like a plant growing in the mouth. The face suggests the revulsion and spits the bitter lie.

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School Art

October 20, 2009 1 comment

I learned the figure expression art at a School Art from male and female models. There was much more female than male but for a beginner like myself it was enough to understand the human proportion, the body movement and the different body parts arrangement.

At the beginning the artist’s models were some various roman sculptures or stone carvings.

Roman sculpture

Lion head - Tête de lion
Roman chest

Drawing from an original model is completely different than from a picture (photos or drawing) since each eye see something gently variant. Besides, we tend to not draw what we see but what we suppose to see. This is the reason of the bad nose, mouth and eyes picturing in the two pictures above.

During the second year at this school, I started to draw human model. It’s much more complicated since the person is not really able to hold a static pose during more than 5 minutes. Although, it’s a good exercise for drawing outline before paying attention to the details.

Nude - Nu
Female nude

Male nude - Nu masculin
Male nude

Before the model strikes another pose every drawers were looking at other’s works and were showing their own work to compare and find the single detail which unbalance the structure: the split between the chest and the hip of the woman for instance or the position of the man’s hands. In the mean time it was an interesting discover of numerous approach, styles and techniques. In fact it was the same reason which led me up to use the pastel and the oil paint in the pictures below.

Nu pastel - Pastel nude
Pastel nude

Sparrow - Pierrot

The oil pastels were the most adapted to the conditions: outline drawing and fast execution. In the other picture, I used the oil paint as if it was watercolour on a light paper. But this medium doesn’t really fit with the subject.

Flying mattress - Matelas volant
Flying mattress

In conclusion, this drawing was my last work during these art lessons. Through this picture, I tried to draw the woman and to depict, above all, her soul: light and radiant. To draw a parallel with the other woman’s picture, the first model in the painting was more interested by herself and her wonderful beauty picturing than the second one. She was like a sparrow: sad but smiling, cold, selfish but betting on her aspect while the second model was paying more attention at her movement and her pose to help along the drawers.

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Body study

October 18, 2009 1 comment

The subject of this drawing was to study different movements. I attended part-time lessons for 2 years in an Art School where I have the chance to learn how to draw the human body from real subject.

Body Study

This drawing has been made using imagination thanks to these lessons. The figure in the middle was quiet interesting due to his expressive position. Then I used it to create an oil painting. I gave this to one of my relative. Anyway here is the same figure painted recently using a digital software.


Unfortunately the lines are still visible behind the color! Still a lot of work to obtain more tones and texture in the wings, more detailed strokes and amore realistic execution.

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