Art: Back to Basics 2

This is my second picture in the ‘Back to basics’ series. I can’t say I’m enjoying pencil shading. I like it at the end if I achieve the desired result but in between the beginning and the end, it tests my nerves. This time I selected a picture where I would not have to worry about the left and right sides being equal – like when you have to do a vase. I chose a pencil sketch of a flower assuming that it would be easy. Drawing the flower and the pebbles was relatively simple. No rocket science about it. Nature is so much more kinder than man-made objects. Nobody can challenge you that your tree or flower or mountain is oddly shaped. However, the drawing comprised one-tenth of the entire job. The bigger task was the shading.

The softness of the petals, the transparency of the dewdrops and the hardness of the pebbles, the depth had to be brought out simply by ,using the good, old pencil. Different pressure, different pencils – I used a 4B and a 6B here and H for drawing the outline. I watched a lot of online videos for the dewdrops.

What I am learning through pencil shading? Learning something new is not easy. It needs loads of patience and practice. It gets more difficult as you grow older. But it’s important to challenge yourself and continue to learn rather than bask in past glories. It keeps you mentally healthy- check this site if you want to know how https://www.vault.com/blogs/benefits-of-learning-new-skills.

This is the final result. I’m sure someone with patience can do it better but I ended it here. When was the last time you challenged yourself to learn something new. How did it go? If you’d like to share it, I would love to know.

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17 responses to “Art: Back to Basics 2”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    Well done Smitha, I like the way you’ve captured those water droplets on the petals.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Andrea. Getting those different textures right were extremely tough for me. I’m so glad you liked the dewdrops. They bothered me quite a bit🙂

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  2. Infinite Living Avatar

    This is incredibly beautiful 💛✨

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you dear Pragalbha💕

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Wow Smitha you are doing so good and nice to be become an artist too. Always nice to be doing something in life and keeping yourself busy. Lovely post.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Kamal for your warm words. I’m struggling with pencil shading but I am learning that nothing comes easy🙂. One needs to keep themselves especially busy in these crazy, testing times.

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      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Yes we have to keep ourselves busy in these crazy testing times and everyday getting bombarded with negativity. Always welcome dear ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. V.J. Knutson Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this. I have so much to learn, and this gives me a place to start.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      It’s wonderful that this post inspired you in some way. Thank you V.J. for letting me know. Wishing you the very best in your new learning journey.

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  5. Mick Canning Avatar

    That’s lovely!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Mick!

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  6. radhikasreflection Avatar

    Beautiful pencil shading piece Smitha 👌

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Radhika. Am glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Everything we do in life requires practice, time and patience, Smitha. It is the formula for success, combined with determination. I think this drawing is very beautiful and you have done the shading well.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      True Robbie. It’s just that a lot of times we become complacent in our comfort zones and don’t try new things and lose out on so much in life. Thank you for appreciating my effort. It’s very encouraging.

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      1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

        My pleasure, Smitha. I am a great one for experimenting and learning.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          I know Robbie and you make it seem so easy. It makes me want to try🙂

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