Well where did 2014 go to? I know it hasn't ended just yet - but take a deep breath and we will be into 2015 before you know it.
I started the year by challenging myself to completing a drawing every two weeks, and exploring the capabilities of both my own ability, and the limitations that drawing in pencil has to offer
Some of my experiments with pencil have worked - and some have not! but with each drawing I try to learn something new.
So how does my school report card look as we approach the end of another year? Well in pure figures I have added almost 2000 more watchers, produced 27 pieces of work, earned 1 Daily Deviation - but more importantly loved every minute of it all.
It is always interesting to see what other people like most, but no one ever asks you what your favourite pieces of your own work are - so to rectify that and of course in aid of some self promotion here are my favourite works this year - and in most cases they contrast completely with those attracting the most faves or views - showing that your work doesn't necessarily have to be popular to mean something to you personally or that you enjoyed creating it 5.
This was my 2nd attempt at a concept entitled - 'Eye Splash' and for me was a big improvement on the 1st try at a similar drawing. I loved the fact that it was drawn on a piece of paper smaller than A3 which itself brought challenges in capturing all of the detail of the long lashes and the smoothness of the water.
4. My first attempt at drawing a vehicle, and chosen not necessarily because it was a car - more because of the fantastic distorted reflections in its polished paint work - again working on pushing my own and the limitations of graphite I wanted to see if you really could achieve 'shine' and the refection of sun over a polished surface - and learned that you could 3.
I simply love drawing portraits, and this is one of my all time favourites, not globally popular but popular with the person it was drawn for - my son, which made it all that more special to me.
2. I could not have a list of my favourite work without including a water related drawing could I? Technically a difficult piece to achieve the semi submersed look with the slight waves in the water and the effect it had on the hair - but enjoyable to draw and look at in its frame 1. So here it is my own personal favourite from my drawings this year - and probably my least viewed, commented on or faved. So why why is may favourite - well I guess it is so far removed from anything else I have done before, softer and more delicate than my usual work, the contrast of many textures and surfaces including hair, skin, water, fabric flowers etc. made it challenging but always interesting - I simply loved every secound of creating this - oh and there is a sequel coming in the new year So enough of the self congratulation and personal back slapping - Time to announce this years end of year competition - if any of you have been watching me for more than 12 months you will know that at the end of each year I hold a competition to see what your favourites from the world of Graphite Pencil drawings were.
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And for a change the winners aren't the artists, but those that selected the most favourite drawing correctly - you can take a look at last years winners here
Your Favourite Work of 2013First of all you will noticed that I changed the title of this 'competition' from "Best" to "Favourite" - a subtle change for most, but I received a few notes from people saying that it was wrong to compare work, or 'Best' is the wrong term to use when comparing art. I have to agree, and hate to see people describe one piece of work as 'better' than another (Even if I have fell into the trap myself on more than one occasion). Art is subjective, and down to individual tastes, cultures, intelligence, influences and expectations - to name just a few.
So this competition is now about what your favourite pieces of pencil/charcoal work were in 2013
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Not as many votes as I would have liked, but still a very good turn out. So without further ado here are the favourite pencil/charcoal drawings as voted by you in 2013.
So finally - (I know I don't do this very often - so this journal is long!) I wanted to see if I could squeeze one more drawing out before the end of the year, but I'm not sure I have the time, I do however have a number of drawings that never made it to DA for one reason or another, mainly because I fell out of love with them So I thought I would leave it to the fantastic wonderful, beautiful and glamorous band of loyal followers out there to decide on which (if any) of these following pictures should be added to my gallery or just be discarded away with yesterdays fish and chips?
4. None of the above!
You can vote by leaving a comment below
Finally, Finally, Finally - If you are a watcher - please do not forget that I have a group especially and exclusively designed for you watchers-feature.deviantart.co… please feel free to join and add your work so I can admire the skill, imagination and creativity of all you wonderful people
That's it for now - honest :hugs: