Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Clementine

Clementine
4.5 x 6.5 inches
graphite on paper
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
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The other day while I was doing some planning (procrastinating) for a series of works I would like to do, I was researching (wasting time I could have used to draw) visiting other art blogs. So I stopped by the Virtual Sketch Date blog to see what was happening there for this month. Finding this interesting image by Jeanette Jobson submitted for the month of January, I decided to give it a try. And doing this piece helped to get me out of my rut and got me thinking of even more ideas for developing a series. Actually more than one series, but you'll just have to wait to see how that unfolds. I had been wanting to do some drawings in graphite again, and this was just the push I needed.

35 comments:

Spinneretta said...

LOL we're obviously on the same wavelength- I've been doing a lot of graphite recently too :)
I really like this picture- you really captured the texture of the clementine- my favourite winter fruit!

Sherry said...

Ann, your clementine is so skillfully rendered, with such volume and delicate shading, that I am just simply floored. Brava!

Owen said...

This one is perfect.

S.G. Chipman said...

Outstanding!

Teresa Mallen said...

Beautiful job! Nice to see that 'planning' and 'research' does pay off! :-)

Rose Welty said...

Ann you have such a wonderful touch. A series would be very good.

Cindy said...

Ooooooh! Very lovely Ann! Makes my mouth water....

Knitting Painter Woman said...

What a lot of attention for one little citrus!

no way said...

Wow-and I'm excited to see what the series has to offer. Such delicate pencil work here!

Jennifer Rose said...

oh great job with the textures of the peel and segments :D you did a wonderful job with the lighting, looks very bright. Looking forward to seeing any series you make :)

Teresa said...

Wow! Beautifully done!

Marie-Dom said...

truly beautiful.
MD

Ana Tirolese said...

Beautiful. You did a great job!

Jeanette said...

Fabulous values and shading here. You've got this one spot on! Great work.

This little piece of fruit seems to be sparking off ideas for people - me included.

Parson's Daughter Studio said...

This is an amazing piece. How did you get the lighter areas? Did you use an eraser for all the "veining" (sorry...don't know the proper term) areas?

I envy you living in the mtns. I'm in Greensboro, but would LOVE to live in the mtns...my dream is a little cabin in the woods...with room to garden!

Mary Timme said...

This is a masterful gray tone drawing. Very exquisite!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for your very kind comments!
Parson's Daughter - I do use a kneaded eraser as one of my drawing tools. You wouldn't have wanted to be up here a few days ago, when it was snowy and 5 degrees with 20+ mph wind gusts :)

"JeanneG" said...

It looks really good in graphite. I see quite a few are doing theirs already. I haven't even started. After seeing yours, may just have to do it in graphite.

MILLY said...

This is really beautiful pencil work. Great when this happens and gets the creative juices flowing.

Sandy said...

Yowsa, is that ever GORGEOUS!!!!

Jennifer Lawson said...

Excellent!

Ramana KV said...

Beautiful.. Everything about it is perfect..

Carol Feldman said...

Lovely. Like a portrait of an orange.

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Love your drawing! Makes me want to dig out my graphite pencils and give it a go again.

NoNo said...

A very good pencil work!

Debbie said...

Such wonderful attention to detail that I could not even see in the original photo yet your drawing fills in the missing pieces so beautifully!

SYLVIANE said...

Very beautiful!

bluelilac said...

Its a winner! Beautiful graphite drawing.

Gail said...

Amazing drawing..the details and depth are stunning. I'm glad you took the time to give it a try because you came up with such an impressive result.

ego2005 said...

well done! congratulations!

Barbara Weeks said...

Elegant!

TeresaW said...

Stunning!

Stacy said...

Lovely! I am amazed at the patience you must have to render those details in graphite. But it was well worth the effort.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Beautiful. Such great work.

Ana Tirolese said...

I have gone through them all, and had to come back to tell you this is my absolute favourite of the graphite ones! (Actually, I like it better than many of the coloured ones as well).

:)

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