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Another sketch and other drawings dump - la brise
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 01:31 am
Another sketch and other drawings dump

Totally unrelated drawings

Firstly, today's tonight's attempt at watercolour for sketching_daily.

Franck and I are in the middle of trimming the olive trees, so I picked a few twigs, put them in a vase and painted. Oh boy, leaves are so long to paint! There's no short cut, you have to outline each of them. The vase, like the blue teapot you might have noticed in a recent photo, was done by a potter friend of mine (who happens to also be a colleague) using the raku technique.






Here's my working table at the end of the painting process. The photo was taken without flash which explains the high contrast and yellow hue.



I actually was seeing the leaves on a darker background so it wasn't always easy to check if what I was painting on the white paper would turn right! But I was not mad enough to attempt a black background with watercolour. Maybe I should have used pastels?


And now for something completely different!


Yesterday's sketch, Franck watching TV in an interesting position :)



As you can see, the clutter isn't restricted to my computer desk in our home! I must say that Franck does everything he can to keep the chaos within acceptable limits. I cook, I do the dishes, he cleans the house :)

But he loves a magazine in front of the couch as much as I love a book, and you can see a part of the result. The piles are even more spectacular in real life as I didn't draw them all the way down to the table hiding underneath.





I posted the next one in sketching daily yesterday as well, though I made in November when I was stuck at home and spending the time watching old American movies.





Sketched from an IMDB photo. I liked his face, the lines, the wide mouth, the interesting eyes, and also his expression. I'm rather happy about both lines and mouth, less with the eyes (aargh! one's higher than the other) and the expression, which is essentially blank in my version.

The text in the bottom is because I was also rereading Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith, where these lines come from (the "what does it take to make a man" poem, which begins with all the physical things and ends with those three lines) while also reading various Bronson's biographies. And let me tell you, he had all of that (and I think, the heart he broke because of love was his). So film watching + books reading + me being terribly hormonal at the time resulted in that sketch!




And lastly, some 2007 postcard art I hadn't posted here. It was done on the occasion of the birth of our niece's twins.



We sent her the card together with two of those baby-wearing scaves. The instructions for baby-wearing were especially complicated, so the painting was an attempt at proposing less complicated uses for the scarves :)



And the lineart before colouring :





That's all! I hope you found something you liked :)

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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I'm the master of the Ikea 12 watts spotlight :)

Thanks a lot!


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aome
aome
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)

All so beautiful, but I'm especially taken by the darling baby/wrap drawings. On the other hand, I'm glad to know it isn't just homes with small children that can get cluttered. :D We always have piles of stuff everywhere, and if I managed to clean it off, it grows back within a day or so. :P


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)

Thank you, I'm glad you liked them!

Ah, clutter. If you could see! Franck does what he can to keep the piles heaps of things at a reasonable volume and I try not to let myself invade all the common areas with my things, but still, I'm very hard to beat in the clutter department :D


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spacefragments
spacefragments
m. something-or-other
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)

the last one is adorable (and normally i don't even like babies!)

the portrait is impressive.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked :)


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onehundredmoons
onehundredmoons
onehundredmoons
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)

I absolutely adore each of these. And don't worry, everyone finds the baby-wearing instructions totally complex. I had to watch videos. :P


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot, I'm glad you liked!

I hope that some day I'll have a very good reason to try baby-wearing. And by the way, how are you feeling these days?


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onehundredmoons
onehundredmoons
onehundredmoons
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)

I hope so too, my dear. *hugs*

I'm feeling very good, but still have that "high-risk" label following me around. I am trying to be "good" and take it easy, because I would like to go as close to full-term as possible. Thanks for asking! :)


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minoukatze
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Minoukatze
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

Great sketches! I'm so glad to see you blogging regularly again:)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)

Thank you! It feels good to be back :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I think I don't dare to touch up the olive branch sketch. Painting a background around a detailed foreground scares me!

You know, about the babies, it's funny because I painted this around their birth and a few months later they turned out sort of looking like this, the girl thinner and the boy chubbier :)


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lhune
lhune
lhune
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)

THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
I love your drawings...
and the watercolour is very lovely too (I wonder,did you do a light sketch before or directly used the paint?)

*aww's for the babies*


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked :)

I sketched the outline of the vase, the length of the twigs and a few of the leaves to keep the proportions right, but I found that it was much less time consuming to directly paint most of the leaves.


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