Sketchbook: Bunny

Did some work in my sketchbook experimenting with conte stick, dry pastels, Pitt pens and watercolours.

This first drawing was in conte stick and dry pastel.

purple bunny plush toy in dry pastels and conte stick

I Enjoyed working with the dry pastels, using different shades and blending with my finger tips. That felt very tactile, which I enjoy. I then added the conte to give a defined outline, but I wish I hadn’t added the conte crayon, as I don’t like the final look.

The second drawing was in dry pastels and Black Pitt pen.

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Purple bunny plush toy in dry pastel and Pitt pen.

I drew the rabbit in black Pitt pen and used one continuous line. This method is not so accurate, but feels very fluid and free, which I really enjoy. I then added the pastels in fairly random places and blending with my fingers. I blended outside the outline, as I enjoy not being restricted by lines and boundaries, both in my personal life, and my art.

The final piece, I used the black Pitt pen and some watercolour paints.

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Purple bunny plush toy, with black Pitt pen and watercolour paints

I again used the continuous line method, and then added watercolour paints in a very loose style. This is a method I really enjoy using as it feels fluid and free. I think I could have introduced a wider variety of colours to add more interest. I also could have built up shadow and highlight areas, to create a more sculpted, three dimensional effect.

I enjoyed these sketches, and keeping a sketchbook is really encouraging me to experiment and see my progress.

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