Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Artist's Play Room #3

This week over at the Artist's Play Room, Jenn is challenging us to be inspired by something around us. Well, I keep thinking about those adorable ducks that came for a visit last Saturday, and I let the male mallard be my inspiration...

It is ACEO size and created with Prismacolor pencils on 140 lb watercolor paper. The tooth of the paper was both a help & a hindrance! This was fun and a good exercise for me to try and improve my drawing skills. Thanks, Jenn!

Why not stop by the APR and see what everyone else was inspired by this week?

13 comments:

Kokopelli said...

Soooo cute!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

So cute, great job! I know what you mean about the tooth on that paper. Working with it depends a lot on the materials and your technique. Personally I'm a smooth paper girl. If you are interested in some other drawing practices, one of my favorite exercises has always been to do timed gesture drawings. Give yourself 30 seconds, a minute, even 15 seconds. Observe and quickly draw something that moves around or changes position, like your duck. See if you can get the basic form down on paper. It helps sharpen your technique and get a form down to it's essence. It's one of the things we used to do in studios when I was in college that I still practice from time to time today.

: )

see you there! said...

You captured the duck colors well I think.

Darla

Melissa said...

You did a very nice job!!

Jennifer McLean said...

He's so darn cute! He so totally reminds me of a pair of ducks (male & female couple) who used to follow me around the University campus. many years ago I went to UVic a couple of week before classes started to acclimate to my new campus (I had transfered from Ottawa). That first day I met these two ducks and I conversed with them, although they didn't answer back, lol. They decided they liked me so they followed me all around the campus and waited for me as I perused the inner workings of the buildings. I'd come out and there they'd be, Oliver and Mabel Ducks! I ended up changing my lunch plans and bought soup just so I could get unlimited crackers for my two companions. From that day on, every time I went on campus there were Oliver & Mabel, waiting for me. It was really funny and so endearing. At the end of that day I phoned mom, she had said she'd pick me up whenever, knowing I'd be tired after my trekking. I was standing, using the pay phone, with Oliver & Mabel standing right beside me. As I laughed and told mom who were my new buddies, Oliver got up onto my shoe, stood there and looked up at me. I giggled uncontrollably trying not to move. I couldn't believe it, duck love. Hehehe. Still, ducks are one of my favorite animal. Thanks for the memory. Maybe I'll draw a pair of ducks and write a post about my old friends. They deserve it!
Hugs,
Jenn

Jennifer McLean said...

Oh! I forgot to say... I didn't have to worry about scaring them away, mom didn't believe me about the ducks so I put the phone down to Oliver, who was still STANDING ON MY FOOT! He obligingly, started quacking loudly into the phone. Mom couldn't believe her ears! Gee, maybe these ducks were pets from another life! Hehehe.

Beadwright said...

Wow Debbie this is really good. Yes that heavy art paper can be good and bad in one setting.
Nicole/Beadwright

Jenny Woolf said...

How nice! My mother lives with a canal on one side and a river on the other and we have a lot of fun watching the mallard ducks that live there.

Magic Love Crow said...

Very cute Debbie ;o) I like the shadow in the water ;o) Hope you're having a great day!

Tracy said...

*waves from APR* Your ducks are lovely! We have a pair hanging out in the ditch that runs in front of the house. We used to have Rouen ducks which looks like Mallards on steroids! I have a soft spot for ducks. Have a Happy Easter! Warmly, Tracy

Flowermouse Design said...

So lovely - ducks are so pretty actually. Like Stacy, I love the shadow in the water!!

mx said...

OH he brings back sweet .. and sour.. memories:-) We raised a handful of ducks a couple of years ago - they were "a great Easter idea". Well, our sweet ducks ate all my pansies, devoured our blueberry bushes (bark and all), scared the neighbor's cat (how?) but otherwise delighted the whole house and neighborhood. I took many pictures but have been too intimidated to draw them. SO I applaud you! Well done.

Sunshineshelle said...

Love ducks - this is so cute :)