Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Playing with Pastels

I'm pretty sure I mentioned before that my favorite medium for drawing is charcoal. I've been playing around with pastels, though, lately. I'm determined to improve my technique. I'm hoping to create something I can submit to one of the magazines where I've been getting my short stories published. I would love, love, love to have something accepted by The Absent Willow Review--they have some of the coolest artwork on their site. I know I could do a charcoal drawing of that caliber, but black and white is just not as appealing for an online mag.

Anyway, here's my latest work:

I call it "Blue Elf." For, um, obvious reasons :).


Amy Deardon said...

Kat, I'm so impressed! You are definitely multi-talented. I'm jealous -- I can't draw my way out of a paper bag.

KM Wilsher said...

Send it! Send it!
This is great!
I loved the charcoals, and this is just as brilliant! ;)

Kat Heckenbach said...

Thanks, guys :).

Amy, drawing was actually my first love. It's been a long time, and I'm gradually getting back into the groove.

Not sure this is submission quality yet, but it's pretty good for one of my first tries! Take a look at The Absent Willow Review--they have pages and pages of artwork and some of the pieces are just fabulous!

owo xD said...

Oooh, that's very cool! The colors are so vibrant! Great blog, btw. I'm following. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!!!! Great job. Love it.

Kat Heckenbach said...

Yay, Chris, glad to have you!

I actually didn't intend to go so vibrant with the colors, but it was too plain, so I added a little here, which meant I needed a little over there...and the next thing I knew...

But I'm pretty happy with it. I've already got an idea for the next pastel attempt.

And thanks, Lynn :).

Peter R Stone said...

Great drawing, I like it. The contrast with the blue skin and yellowy hair is very effective too, and the eye is just right.
My favorite medium is water color washes, so I think I'll give that a go again soon. (It's been a few years...)