A breakfast scene of sorts

March 4, 2013

Here’s my latest drawing for my drawing class at SCAD: my first foray into drawing with pastels!

a breakfast scene of sorts - drifter and the gypsy blog

Coming from drawing in only black and white, drawing in color opens up a whole new can of worms. Mixing colors to try to achieve the same hue of the reference photo is very time consuming.

However, I learned quite a bit from this project… like how to not ‘compartmentalize’ colors, but instead to repeat colors throughout the composition in order to create a unified piece.

The biggest eye opener for me was when my teacher told me to avoid using blacks and grays in the shadows and to instead use colors like blues and violets for the shadows and yellows and oranges for the highlights. To me, that just sounded bizarre (since when are shadows blue and violet??), but I can see now how it unified the color scheme of my drawing. And crosshatching! Wow, does crosshatching do wonders for the texture of the drawing!

Here are the steps of my drawing: (and here’s the reference photo if you’re interested)

a breakfast scene of sorts - drifter and the gypsy blog

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  • Wonderful work! Chalk pastels can be pretty tricky to work with the first time round. I love using them though because I love how much blending you can do. You can also mix chalk pastels with water to do watercolors!

  • How beautiful!! I love the blue tint in the final picture! =)

  • So pretty! I love how you mixed the colors and the painterly quality of it.

  • Hi!

    I love your drawing and the beautiful contract between the blue and violets against the warm buttery yellow.

    Anyway, when you mentioned that your teacher told you not to use black, I suddenly remembered this article I read awhile back to never use black because in reality, its difficult to find something in pure black and its such a harsh color.

    Also you should check out Wayne Thiebaud’s work. His shadows are not black but beautiful shades of blue.

    And if you want to read the article, here’s the link http://ianstormtaylor.com/design-tip-never-use-black/

    Cheers! 🙂

    • Thanks, Janessa! It’s funny you should mention Wayne Thiebaud because that’s exactly who my teacher told me to check out too 🙂

  • Whoa, that is gorgeous. You are so talented. I would love to hang this picture in my kitchen!

  • This looks great! Hope you’re enjoying the experimentation. (:


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