Silhouettes and Final Still Life

Earlier this week, I felt like I forgot how to do all my homework, after being out of town last weekend. I was a little lost in the beginning of my classes, but after a few minutes, it all came back to me.

I had to work on a couple of drawings in the evenings for my drawing class.


We moved from drawing the folds of drapery to drawing silhouettes. Aah = hard!

I found a dried floral arrangement in our basement similar to the objects we used in class this week. (Hmm, wonder how long it’s been down there, and why it’s still there because I really hate it!) It was a good subject to use at home for this practice exercise.


Working on these highlight and shadow exercises is like drawing in reverse. Lay down the charcoal and erase away the sillouette and highlights of the object. I never thought I would be drawing with an eraser, which is actually kinda like painting.

Our final charcoal composition included a silhouette of flowers and various other objects.

Next up, I hear we are going to learn how to draw perspective. Yay, I’m so excited the creative adventure continues!

While I really love drawing now (something I’ve always wanted to learn), I’m hoping to get back to my sewing room this weekend… sigh.

16 comments

  • The draping fabric is still amazing! Looks like you’re having fun, and I see we have the same set of erasers — love that little pen-style one that clicks up and down. Great for little highlights and texture. It’s so messy to do at home though!

  • Your drawings are brilliant Terri and it’s great you are enjoying your classes and the creative process so much whilst learning all of the technical skills. I’ve never been any good at drawing ‘real things’ so am very impressed with your talents :0)

  • Wow! Your drawings are great, keep it up!

  • breathless. I’m just breathless! I love seeing these. They’re so beautiful and detailed! I am in love with the drapery-gorgeous!

  • The curtain is just amazing! Learning to draw the folds like that should really help if you are drawing clothing. It must take a lot of skill to do it and have it turn out so beautifully.

  • As before, I am totally impressed! Your drawings are wonderful! The flowers in the dried arrangement look like they would be difficult. But they are quite amazing!

    I liked going from the look of that one, to the clarity of the final composition. You have been doing a lot of great work for this class!

    ~ Meagan

  • Those are beautiful drawings, you are very talented! We will have to swap sketches someday, I think I have my sketchbook somewhere close by.

  • Love it! I was hoping you’d share some more drawings:)

  • Wow Terri! These are so good. I’m on my phone reading this and that first drawing really looked like fabric. 🙂

  • Your drawings are amazing! Is this part of your graphic design class? Living vicariously….thanks for sharing.

  • You are so talented! I’m so envious of your ability! There’s a lot of time and effort in all that shading! It looks so real!

  • I love your drawings! You have amazing talent! I saw your journal you received in a swap. She most have known you could put it to good use for your drawings. How special! Have you designed fabric on that one website. I think you would create something special. Just a thought.

  • I am late in posting this time. Still not back in the swing of things from my trip. Those pictures are unreal. You are amazing and you really are doing great. Keep up the great work and we will keep being amazed I’m sure. The curtain pleats I could never figure out how they did those. You are comming along really good and I know you will do wonders in the future. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  • Marvelous work, Terri. You are really getting a full range of values from light to dark in your scenes.

  • wow! your drawings are amazing! that last one really blew me away. all the layers of the different objects. you did really really good!

  • Wow, Terri!!! I am speechless. These drawings are fantastic! I especially love the curtain…such detail with the shadows and highlights. You are multi talented!

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