Still Life Sketch Drawings: Vintage Bottles

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Vintage bottle sketch drawings for still life

Still life thumbnails

I just found these 5-value thumbnail sketch drawings in an older sketchbook I had misplaced at some point last year.

These were some of my visual ideas for a vintage bottle-themed still life oil painting I was working on for a grad school assignment. The instructor at the time, however, felt I needed to use much simpler objects.

As a result, none of these still life drawing ideas ever materialized beyond the sketch phase.

Still, I like to look at these thumbnails from time to time and am so glad I rediscovered them.

~ Enjoy! 

Mayra Ruiz-McPhersonVintage bottle sketch drawings for still life

 

Female Figure Drawing: Charcoal, Then Photoshop

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Figure drawing illustration created using charcoal before digitization using Adobe Photoshop

Meet my model: Amanda

All kinds of sassy as she sported her old high school prom dress while posing for me.

Amanda, aka “Pandy,” is my phenomenal oldest daughter, illustrated here in her spunky, pink-dress badass mode.

Grad school assignment

Numerous times during my MFA’s Fall 2017 term with AAU, I was in need of a model.

More often than not, there was my Panda, ALWAYS willing to strike any pose I asked, wearing any wardrobe or physically-challenged direction I required.

Reference photo

In my photo reference below, we can see beautiful movement in Amanda’s pink dress while she kicked up her flowing skirt folds.

Assignment: figure drawing wearing clothing with dramatic fabric folds

To achieve dramatic folds, I had Amanda wear an old prom dress of hers and then posed her as you see above, looking into the distance while kicking up her gown.

Here’s my original charcoal drawing before I transformed the illustration into a digital painting using Photoshop

My drawing tools

To draw the above figure illustration, I used the following drawing tools:

(The original drawing shared above was slightly edited in Photoshop to brighten the white in Amanda’s eyes.)

Assignment feedback

My final drawing caused was well received by my grad school classmates as well as my instructor, who commented the following:

“LOVE this character, why not develop her and see where she can take you. Try a series of 10 drawings of her, put them out and see if a publisher picks up on your work. There is something so compelling about this character. “

Another classmate said:

“I totally agree with our instructor regarding this character. She is so quirky and elegant at the same time! There has to be a series or a steam punk graphic novel about her.”

And still another said:

“I think my absolute favorite is this girl! Your drawing of her has an elegance to it that is beautiful!”

So there you have it.

Amanda became famous in my figure drawing class 🙂 and I ended up with a wonderful, completed illustration of a young woman I adore.

~ Enjoy!

❤️

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

 

 

 

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Pastel Pencil Illustration of Sleeping Passenger On Board United Airlines Flight Leaving Managua for USA

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Illustration of sleeping passenger on United Airlines flight from Nicaragua to Houston, Texas

I have safely left Nicaragua — a country now in full-blown revolution mode — thankfully in one piece.

Washington Dulles bound

As I await my flight from Houston, Texas back home to Washington, DC, I feel so happy to have brought my sketchbook and pastel pencils along my travels.

Not only was the entirety of my Managua stay (and all my plans while there) ruined by the inundating waves of political upheaval, but I’m a nervous traveler in general and so having the ability to draw while on board my flight was a delightful distraction.

Pastel pencil illustration of sleeping passenger

During my outbound Managua flight, I was kind of a nervous wreck from this having happened right before boarding.

Then once in flight, we began to experience major turbulence along the way, which made my anxiety much, much worse.

Then I looked up and saw this man slumbering deeply as the plane shifted abruptly to the left and then to the right by winds. I envied his peaceful state. No matter how aggressively the plane’s flight was impacted by turbulence, this man never once awakened.

I don’t know what prompted me to bust out my sketchbook to draw the sleeping man;  I just felt incredibly compelled to do so.

Perhaps I had hoped that, in recording his soft peace by way of illustration, I may benefit vicariously from his profound sense of calmness.

I quickly grabbed my Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils and went to work, using a limited palette of blues to help visually emphasize the man’s silence, his slumber, and dreamy state.

Drawing people from life is challenging for me.

Because folks tend move around and then I lose my place or drawing groove.

Also because I feel uncomfortable to constantly stare up at someone while I’m drawing them from life — and they don’t know that I’m drawing them so when they see me staring at them over and over, I fear they might think I’m some kind of crazed stalker 🙂

Despite said challenges, I find I enjoy drawing people from life.

And the fact that this man was sleeping so profoundly without movement made drawing him that much more pleasurable.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

 

 

 

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A Doodled Girl

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A pencil sketch doodle of a girl wearing studious glasses

Here’s a doodle of a young girl quickly sketched while attending a webinar today.

She’s got thick, studious-looking glasses and a half-baked grin on her face.

🙂

Enjoy!
Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

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