Eye Eye

Thank you for all your warm words, support and feedback. I love reading your comments. You make a big difference to me on this creative journey and I really appreciate your coming by to see what I've been up to.

Eric and Ernie are enjoying playing out in the garden now that the weather has warmed up a bit, and I've been taking a cuppa, my art journal and a cluster of pencils out with me into the garden to sketch for a few minutes while I watch them play. I love the fresh, cool air.

I like to sit with my bare feet on the grass. It's freezing, so it wakes me the heck up, but it also feels good. I read somewhere once, I can't remember where, that when we walk barefoot on the ground we are connected to all the animals out in the world that are doing the same. I like to think of all the big, lollopy lions who are out there somewhere treading barefoot on the ground too.

Yes. These are the kinds of thoughts that roll round my head. Nervous?

I'm on to my next drawing ambition.

To draw a detailed portrait. Showing light and shade, full features. Without the person looking as if they are gurning...

So, in preparation, I've begun doing detailed pencil studies of different facial features. Starting with an eye.

If you're a bit queasy about close-ups of an eye, step back from your desk now...

Scan of drawing

I used a simple HB, alongside two coloured pencils in black and grey.  

Photo of drawing
I'm off now to have a go at a nose, ear, mouth and eyebrow.  This whole exercise feels like some twisted Mr. Potatohead game!

What have you been up to?

16 comments

  1. Dear Emma,

    I wish I could find the peace and quiet to sit in my garden and make such beautiful drawings as you do! Somehow when in the garden, I find it difficult to sit still. There is so much I want to do, but I love it!!!

    Wishing you a happy day!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dear Madelief, now that spring is here there seems to be a huge burst of growth and all the plants and flowers are growing sooooo fast! Your garden is always absolutely beautiful and I imagine it brings you so much joy. Wishing you a lovely week. Em x

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  2. We have had a couple of nice (but cold) days, although waking up to horrid rain this morning is not good. Your drawings are perfect. Eyes are such a hard thing to conquer, but you have mastered it! Sue x

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    1. I'm sorry it's taken so long to reply to your comment! But now that my sister's chemo is coming to an end, I'm managing to get back to blogging a little bit. I hope all is good with you and that you're enjoying the spring time weather. Thank you for your lovely words of support, they make a real difference. x

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  3. Hi Emma,
    Your drawing is really progressing, well done. I'm glad you are enjoying the process, it never stops! I look forward to seeing your full portrait drawings, yippee!
    Much love
    Louise

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words of support Louise, I really appreciate them. xxx

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  4. Amazing. You are so good! xxx

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    1. Thank you! I'm sorry it's taken so long to reply! I can't believe how fast this year has flown. How are you? I hope all is good in your neck of the woods. Em x

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  5. lollopy....my new favorite word:)
    I so enjoy watching you live out
    your creative journey
    one beautiful step at at time:)
    thanks for inviting us in to have
    a share,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you! Lollopy is a fab word isn't it? I really appreciate you following me on my creative journey and giving me such beautiful words of support. Sending huge love, Em x

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  6. I love it sit in the garden & simply look at things.
    Your eye is very good and it'll be fun to see the face take shape !

    Mr Potato head - ha !

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    1. The garden is a great place to day dream isn't it?! Thank you for you support it means a lot. Em x

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  7. We really love your blog Emma, especially those opal organic earrings. A beautiful creation

    Ananasa.com- Home For Handmade

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you do. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a supportive and lovely comment, I appreciate it. Em

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  8. Hello Emma:
    Love the drawing of the eye, so detailed and beautiful. Can't wait to see more of your drawings!

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    1. Thank you Amy. I hope all is good with you and that you are enjoying a great week. Em x

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