Splashy Modified Contour Drawings

November 1, 2010 | By | 19 Replies More

My friend, a lovely neighbor and ikebana artist, was lamenting her drawing skills so I was all “Do the exercises in “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”* and then realized I haven’t done it myself in a long time. Since I’ve been feeling an urge to do something more free form and direct and after telling her that, I had to take my own advice!

So, here are a couple of modified contour drawings from the last couple months in reverse order of completion. The gourds are from life – if you can call gourds sitting on a table lively – and the birds from photo reference.

The lines are just where I put them with Prismacolors (either black or dark gray) on watercolor paper and you can see places where I restated or flubbed a little. But, that’s the nature of contour drawing. I used the Prisma for two reasons: One – no erasing; and two –they’re waterproof since I had the idea of adding some splashes of paint.

The birds were on a cold press paper from an unidentified maker and I wasn’t as pleased with how the colors dulled on it. The gourds are on Arches hot press paper and the drawing lines were more expressive as well as the colors coming truer.

Lately, I’ve been drawn more to the opaque and granular colors. I especially liked the gourds with the mixed orange from Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Red (I normally dislike Cd red, go figure) with Caput Mortem Violet shadows and Chrome Green stems. I don’t have so many of the heavier colors so will have to expand my palette a bit.

I’m thinking of doing a few more of these. Maybe it’ll turn into something. If you’ve got an idea or have suggestions on your favorite opaque or granular paints, let me know in the comments or a note . I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Fun pictures! I like your idea of using the colored pencil. I’ve been using a black ink pen and sometimes I don’t want it to stand out so much yet I want that no-erasure tool! As far as colors, I can’t help much since I am new to watercolor. Daniel Smith tells what colors of theirs are granular and whatever so that might help you choose some. I do know my colors have changed over the years. I used to be a yellow and blue person and now am more yellow and red. I would never have thought I’d go for red!

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Thanks Timaree! I’m thinking about doing a few of these with actual colored lines (like orange or red or chartreuse) to see how that looks.

      I love the DS paints and their catalog too. I don’t have any though – Hmmm, better look into that 🙂

      Interesting about the evolution of our color choices. About that: LOVE your Pomegranite!

  2. Deborah says:

    Uh… yeah! I’d definitely call those gourds lively!! Absolutely stunning drawings/watercolorings!!!!! And you’ve used on of my favorite combinations – Prismacolor pencil and watercolor. Really beautiful work Monette.

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Deborah, thanks for coming by! The pencils and the watercolor seem to work well together – I often use a pencil to finish up a painting.

      Loved your #11 green vase- beautiful colors!

  3. Peggy Stermer-Cox says:

    Hi Monette, These are great! I like how you used splatters to link the different studies. I like both the birds and the gourds! And, I enjoyed scrolling through your site!

  4. Peggy Stermer-Cox says:

    Hi again Monette, I don’t mean to be sort of “spammy”, but you did mention “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. I host “Blind Contour Friday”, and if and when you do blind contour drawings, I’d like to invite you and your friend/neighbor to post and link to my blog. I would be interested in seeing your work. Thank you!

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Peggy – no problem – I’m glad you told us about “Blind Contour Friday”. I actually don’t do them as much as I should (do any of us, really?) but it might be more of a motivation now 😉

      Thanks for mentioning the splatters – I get a remarkable number of positive comments about them. BUT, my husband can’t stand them and I suspect he’s the only one who’s got the nerve to say it to my face and there’s plenty of others who don’t like them. I’ll bet it’s one of those things you either love or hate.

  5. dana says:

    I like these very much. to me, this is what watercolor is all about.

  6. nancy t. says:

    These are fun, bright, and well done! It’s always interesting to me to read about the supplies others like and use. It’s very informative. nancy

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Nancy,

      I’m glad you enjoyed both the pictures and the words. I’m with you on “peeking” into other artists workspaces and sketch books. I’m thinking about a post on the paint colors I have and why so it’s nice to know someone else is interested.

      Love the background on your blog! And happy to hear of the successful eye procedure – your first doggie looks great.

  7. Alex says:

    I LOVE the texture that the watercolor gives it… so free!

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Hi Alex – thanks for coming by. I’m glad you picked out the freedom of the paint. I was trying to keep it …. splashy 🙂

      I checked out your drawings – self portraits are always brave. I really liked your little orange bear – charming!

  8. Alex Tan says:

    Very nicely rendered! Love your style and your art =)

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Thanks Alex – it’s nice to hear that! I’m working on a Christmas card now and it’s a little different than the earlier things. Still splashy though 🙂

      Belated birthday wishes and sympathies for your kitty. I hope the move has gone/is going well and look forward to seeing new work on your blog.

  9. Raena says:

    These are fabulous!!

    • Monette Satterfield says:

      Thanks for coming by Raena – I really appreciate that and your kind words 🙂

      Checked your sketches and love your figures – your people look so alive! Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday! Yours is one day before mine and I hope you had a lovely day.

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