A Duck's Head

Yesterday was a good day for progress. I felt like I accomplished a lot. We spent the morning out running errands (and buying material) and in the afternoon the girls cleaned up and folded the laundry. We had a filling dinner of bangers & mash topped with cheese sauce (we had other veggies of course). Kids went to bed well and it gave me time to do the book keeping work I do for a client.
Today has been a good day also. I started off the morning with a 2hr art class (great bunch there and reminds me of homeschooling a little as it is all self paced and everyone is at different levels). I followed this up with a 'quick' trip to Spotlight (more material, needles, etc) and Bunnings (toilet roll holder). Came home to make lunch for the boys (they really enjoyed that) followed by M4 hailing down the home ice cream van so that daddy could spend some of his money on it.
I have done no housework so far today and am enjoying it so far. I will have to do dishes and laundry soon though and encourage the girls to tidy up the floor.
So, over the past 1.5days I have done, for
home: part cleaned out the pantry, removed some things i consider rubbish from around the house, general chores, make the decision to cover some cushions with pillow slip type covers (the only reason I went to spotlight was to buy needles, but came home with a 'fill a bag for $5' and some felt, and strawberry material)

Shading Tips for Sketching

• Experiment with different types of shading – cross hatch, straight lines, squiggly lines, smudging, etc
• Before moving onto any pieces which are more complex in their form, try something simple like a can, apple, or orange. These things tend to have basic lines and require little skill to draw
• Always use your pencil lightly, never press too hard. You will find it easier to erase mistakes with a lightly drawn pencil then a heavily pressed one. If the colour is too light, you can always add more colour by going over the spot again.
• Look at where the light reflects from the item you are drawing. Are there any well defined spots? Lightly draw circles where these patches of light are, with your pencil

• Look at where the shadows are the darkest. This is where your shading will be the most concentrated
• Look at the shape of the item. Is it flat, rounded, bumpy. Try to have your shading follow the contours of the texture/shape. (e.g. if you are shading an apple you would not want to go up and down with the shading, but from one side to the other (horizontally), with a slight curve in the line to emphasize the shape of the apple)
• Use a kneadable eraser to get rid of unwanted lines (blue tac can be used ) such as where you drew the circle for the light

Old Oil Pastel Sketch

Old Pencil Sketches

Day 26 - R

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