Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cat Figurine

Cat Figurine
Originally uploaded by csgebhart

I recently completed a beginning drawing class with J. Elizabeth Johnson. This was an in person class instead of an internet class, and Elizabeth is a good teacher (her website is here). She then offered an intermediate class to follow up, but I had date conflicts, so she very generously offered to teach me by email. I drew this for my first lesson.

A good friend gave me this figurine when her mother-in-law died - my friend is allergic to cats and she knows how much I love them, so she thought I would enjoy the figurine (which I do). My first lesson was to draw an object from life rather than from a photograph. I chose this figurine. The photo of the figurine can be seen here.

I'm finding that I really don't care much for drawing with graphite pencil, but I'm learning a lot anyway.  And the better my drawing skills are, the better my paintings will look.


Laure Ferlita said...

"And the better my drawing skills are, the better my paintings will look" - truer words were never spoken!

Love your figurine drawing! Would never have guessed you didn't like graphite either.

Ramona Davidson said...

Love the cat figurine drawing. It has such a lovely charm and its a great representation of the original. Keep working with the pencil. You have a talent for it. You will learn values and shadows as you work with the pencil. That is one of the reasons I am doing it.

Thanks for taking the time to come by my blog and comment on my rose. It is much appreciated.

Krista Meister said...

What a lovely drawing, Cheryl! I don't like graphite too much either - love color too much, but I think you are very wise for continuing with your drawing study.

Fannie said...

Your drawings are wonderful, Cheryl. Yes, definitely, your art will improve with better drawing skills. Makes me feel like I need to return to basics. Thanks for sharing.

Is it Saturday yet? ;-D