Monday, January 22, 2007

Trees

This series of tree drawings were from a drawing class assignment last semester. Each one is 4" x 6" and were drawn using only a black ball point pen. No pencil lines were drawn first so no going back. It's amazing how much variety of value and what depth you can get with an ordinary black ball point pen. I really learned a lot from these drawings and plan on doing more. These were all done from photos. Some of which I took myself. I found that making a black and white xerox of the images help me see the contrast. Layering marks on top of marks, I could achieve the depth and texture I was trying to capture.





14 comments:

Brenda Y said...

Fantastic trees - especially the Joshua! I've tried those so many times and they didn't turn out nearly as well as yours. Congrats on your blog!!

Deborah said...

Thanks Brenda. You have the honor of being my first comment.

Kristin Saegaert said...

Love those trees! The texture is amazing! I'd love to see some of your prints you talked about in an earlier post too. Will be back!

Nel said...

Hi Deborah, and welcome to the world of EDM. You'll really enjoy the group. These are amazing drawings, with a ball point pen, no less. We'll be checking out your work, so keep posting and again, welcome.

Teri C said...

Gorgeous trees! All the right shading and form.

Teri from EDM

Sandy said...

Deb - nice blog you are really up and running - I like your style -
Sandy

Nina Johansson said...

Hi Deborah, welcome to EDM. I love your drawings! Nice to see some of your work, hope you keep posting more!

Alison said...

Welcome to EDM - these are lovely drawings - it gives such a good feeling to produce a treasure out of simple materials, not to mention the pleasure of close observation.

u l a n said...

i wouldn't have guessed that you used a ballpoint for these. amazing.

your work is awesome, deborah. thanks for sharing it =)

ian. (ulan) everydaymatters group

AnnieElf said...

I'm sending this link to my friend Biene's blog. She recently completed a drawing class much like yours and I know she would enjoy viewing these. Annie

Linda said...

Great pen work! Your blog is sure to be a smash! :-)

trailbee said...

Annieelf sent me. How stunning. I have added your address to my links and shall check regularly. Thanks for posting these-you are an inspiration! Santa Ana? I lived in Cerritos from '72-'96 then moved to the hills.

pedalpower said...

Beautiful! My fav is the first one...love the clusters of needles in that one.
Joyce from EDM group

Dave said...

These are great! It is amazing what some people (like you!) can do with a ball point pen. You might be interested in this link to a group of ball point artists: http://groups.msn.com/ballpointpenart/