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Artistic Wednesday butterfly drawing WIP – Week 2

January 12, 2011

Every Wednesday is Artistic Wednesday. Weekly progress updates for anything related to art.  Today, I’m posting a work in progress butterfly drawing.  I’m using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.  After 1.5 hours of creative time, I have the picture below.

Butterfly Drawing ©2011 Lisa Ullrich

WetCanvas Reference Image courtesy of Ceiliog

The drawing is coming together quite nicely.  It will be a few more hours yet before it’s completed.  After a busy and stressful week at work, it was nice and relaxing to sit down to draw.

Drawing is such a great stress reliever for me.  I wish I had the time to do it more often.  Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you should try doodling the next time you have a heavy mind.  Just focus on doodling, clear your mind, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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Artistic Wednesday butterfly drawing WIP

January 5, 2011

Every Wednesday is Artistic Wednesday. Weekly progress updates for anything related to art.  Today, I’m posting a work in progress butterfly drawing.

Usually, I find reference images in the WetCanvas Reference Image Library or someplace similar.  Artists post images here allowing free use to other artists without violating any copyrights.

I open the image on my computer and draw freehand.  I improvise as I go, so my drawings are never exactly like the reference image.

I’ve spent about a half hour so far, using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils in Black and True Green.  Check back next Wednesday to see my progress on this drawing.

Butterfly Drawing ©2011 Lisa Ullrich

WetCanvas Reference Image courtesy of Ceiliog

Oliver

December 30, 2010

Oliver Drawing:  ©2009 Lisa Ullrich

Oliver is my friend’s Eclectus Parrot.  Oliver can be quite chatty when he’s in the mood.  He barks like her dog and talks like her husband.  He takes on their exact sound and repeats words.  It’s quite amazing and entertaining!

I drew Oliver on black paper using colored pencils.  The drawing took a lot of layering of the colors to make it as bright as he is.  I find colored pencil to be a much tougher medium than graphite.  I’m happy with how he turned out and my friend was thrilled.

Frankie

December 12, 2010

Frankie Drawing: ©2006 Lisa Ullrich

Frankie, my friend’s German Shepherd, was a wonderful, friendly, sweet dog.  He really loved playing catch with his ball and frisbee.  Although, he did have a stubborn streak of never bringing the ball to you.   He would drop it about 2 feet away and expect you to go get it.  If you waited long enough, he would bring it a little bit closer, but never all the way.

I loved him so much.   Sadly, Frankie passed away from Lymphoma this past summer.  We will all miss him.

I drew this picture of Frankie on September 17, 2006.  It was from a photo taken just a week or two earlier when my friend’s brought their new baby home from the hospital.  You can see by his smile how happy he was to welcome a new member into his family to play with and love.

I had only tried my hand at drawing a few times prior to this over the span of two years.  I had not taken art classes, other than in grammar school, so I REALLY impressed myself with this drawing.  Not only could I see a German Shepherd, but I also could see Frankie’s personality shining through.  I achieved his likeness almost to a tee.  I’m still not sure how I did this, but I’m very proud of this drawing.  It’s only the size of a baseball card, but it took me 5 hours plus a little tweaking here and there to complete it.

I’ve had a hard time parting with this drawing, as it is dear to my heart.  I’m going to give it to my friend’s as a keepsake in remembrance of their dog, Frankie.  Rest in peace baby boy.

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