Monday, June 15, 2009

Raspberries Graphite Sketch


2B mechanical pencil

Our raspberries are fruiting so I thought I should drop everything and make a quick sketch. I've decided drawing in graphite is a bit like golf - if you haven't done it for a while your body quickly loses its skill. This is my first graphite drawing for quite a while and if I'd realised I was going to get caught up in it I'd have worked on better paper instead of my 'cheap' sketchbook. I really do need to practice more leaves.

I've just had the luck and pleasure of meeting the delightful Margaret Saul, a wonderful botanic artist and teacher who has come to live in Tuscany. Margaret is planning a special program here next year. A wonderful opportunity!

11 comments:

klecks said...

nice sketch! like it very much!

Jeanette said...

Fabulous detail in these raspberries and I don't think you're out of practice on leaves at all.

Lucky you with raspberries fruiting this early. I won't have any here til late July or early August. And I adore fresh raspberries.

Jennifer Rose said...

I think you have done a good job with the textures of the leaves, could almost reach out and touch them.

the berries look wonderful, good job with the bumpy texture to them :)

Lin said...

I'm so glad you did, Robyn -- this looks FABULOUS!! Great detailing and linework!

BTW, did my small package arrive?

Merle Plagge said...

Your graphite is great. I wish I was as much out of practice as you are. :-) My patience would wear thin after the first stem was drawn. Great piece, and I really enjoy reading your blog.

vivien said...

the texture on those leaves is beautifully done :>)

Terry said...

Beautiful sketch, this is amazing and I love it

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Great graphite result even if you think lack of practice made it harder to achieve. Delighted you have found a botanical teacher for next year close to home.

Robyn said...

klecks - thank you for commenting so kindly. I saw some very fine drawing on your blog. You have a great eye for the values in a subject. Not sure if my comment will show up as I got confused by the German version of Blogger. Sorry.

Jeanette - Many thanks but I really am rusty with graphite. I do love it though. I sometimes think I should have stuck with the mechanical pencil to see how far I could have developed my skills. Can't do everything though.

I've just picked the black currants but won't have time to sketch them because now the darn gooseberries are ripening too. All I seem to do lately is cook and eat rich deserts which undo all the good of Sketchercise!

Jennifer - Thank you :)

Lin - Hello! No sign of a package but there is that black hole in Milan that packages disappear into for many moons before emerging, usually with a customs fee attached. A package from you will be joyfully received though.

Merle - Thank you for commenting on my drawing and so generously. I had a peep at your blog and am fascinated by your multimedia adventures. I hope to get back to enjoy some more.

Vivien - Thank you :) I'm joining in your Tree Challenge - Not so much detail required in the leaves ;)

Terry thank you too.

Sydney Harper said...

Very nice! If you're rusty with graphite, it doesn't show.

Joan said...

Robyn - Love the detail on the berries!!! Sketching like everything, involves constant practice. It is amazing how rusty you feel when you haven't done it in a while!

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