Friday, 27 December 2019

Red Onions

Following the introductory course I took this fall in the art of coloured pencils, I did the next level and learned how to work with multiple coloured pencils. It is a very slow process to complete each assignment and I am still working on most of them, quite frankly, even though the course itself is now done.

However, this piece featuring red onions is finished so I am posting it today. It required the use of 17 coloured pencils in various combinations and layers on black paper.

The beginning stage --


The middle stage --


I am very proud of those onion tops. They almost have a photo-realistic quality, plus I managed to get a really good picture of them!

The final version --


The onion bulbs are okay but I want to burn that twine, LOL! My pencils were too dull and should have been sharpened so the twine would not be so thick.

Anyway, I will post the other course work individually as I slowly complete each piece.

[Art and photographs © Debra She Who Seeks, December, 2019]

58 comments:

Sooo-this-is-me said...

That is so interesting how it comes together in layers of colours! Nice job, just remember us when you are famous! :D

RO said...

It's always so amazing to see the skills of an artist, and I wish I could draw like you! Fantastic work! Hugs, RO

R's Rue said...

Love it.

Mike said...

Everyone criticizes their own work. Just like my repair projects around the house. I know where every little mistake is and they stick out like a sore thumb to me. Nobody else sees them, just me.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

fantastic! i want a tattoo like that on my arm.

Moving with Mitchell said...

SO beautiful. You inspire me. I don’t seem to get off my ass and do any drawing but still you inspire me to at least want to.

anne marie in philly said...

yep, they DO look like the red onions I buy for RTG.

Laurie said...

Good morning Debra, your work on the onions sounds amazing, I wish my eyes would let me see them but I do know your talent so I can imagine they are beautiful, I did see your earlier work this fall and you are a very talented artist, all that talent has just been waiting to be released , you must be enjoying this so much. You are truly gifted.

Frank said...

I'm impressed with the various stages of the work...how'd you do that?

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh, very good! You do have talent! -Jenn

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, Your talent is growing apace. While viewing this I kept thinking of the Susan Christie classic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mCAKQs_GXQ

--Jim

pam nash said...

Excellent! Beautiful work!

Linda said...

This is really good! I am so impressed.

Happy Friday Debra♥

Marie Smith said...

You are talented, Debra.

It is funny how we see imperfections in our own work when other see how great it all is.

Susan said...

I love seeing the process! Nice job, Debra - it's fabulous!

Tasker Dunham said...

What a big jump! Gradually up to 3 pencils in the introductory course and now straight to 17! Actually, Debra, it's brilliant.

Bob Johns said...

Oh wow, I love!

LL Cool Joe said...

Excellent, I really like the drawing. I loved using coloured pencils. I look forward to seeing the rest.

Leanna said...

Damned great!! I love the purple in the onions. Maybe a bit too much white. Needed more shadowing but dayum, you are good!!

bobbie said...

Well done!! Definitely looks real!

Deborah said...

OMGoodness, this is so beautiful!!! What talent you have. Continue this journey, please and thank you.

**blows kisses**
Deborah

DEZMOND said...

Oh, wow, Debs, I love it that you showed it to us in stages, the final result is amazingly stunning. You could illustrate books you know! Imagine this gorgeous drawing in a book of recipes!

Rain said...

Debra, your drawing is beautifully done, I agree about the onion tops! I just ordered about $200 worth of new art supplies, I'm going to try some different colours of sketch paper too. You do a wonderful job with the pencils, are they Prismacolor? I have Prismacolor Premiers and love them. I have the 48 pack, but just ordered another 20 or so to help with more deep and rich colours! Well done!!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Rain -- Yes, we used Prismacolor Premiers in this art class. They are indeed beautiful coloured pencils!

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) They are really great pencils, I'm trying to learn how to blend them better. Patience and layering is definitely the key to getting great results with them!

krayolakris said...

Lovely work. Anyone would be happy to have your art on their walls!

Rosemary said...

Just one word from me - FABULOUS & I would love to hang it on my wall.

Bea said...

Debra, the onions are gorgeous. Thank you for posting pictures of the piece in stages. It's amazing to see all the work that has gone into the fab, final product.

nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing said...

I wish for talent like this. It looks so satisfying. I know...just get out and do it!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

this is fabulous drawing, great as real!!!
I'm excited!!!

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Lovely!
I can't get over the process. Really. Being an artist is awesome.

XOXO

Adam said...

Looks good

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It must take such discipline to slowly build up the layers and layers to achieve that rich finish. It's gorgeous.

Rommy said...

Colored pencils was one of my favorite mediums to work with. These look terrific.

Martha said...

Awesome artwork! What a fun piece to work on. I should get back to my drawing. It's been a while.

Bob said...

First off, that's very good, and coming from someone who draws, doing it on black paper must be even more difficult.
Start to finish, I'm loving it.

^.^ said...

Awesome job, friend D "Bateman" SheWhoSeeks :) Love, cat.

JP said...

Very artistic. Spanish Onions have a big influence in my life - long story!
JP

e said...

Gorgeous! You have such a talent!

One other comment: twine is thick. Go with it! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Polly said...

WOW Debra, well worth the time and effort, it's beautiful :-)

Kirk said...

Oh, the twine is fine. It can't be an easy thing to draw.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Amazing work Debra! I imagine twine is a very difficult object to draw. It looks great to me!

This N That said...

Photographic quality for sure..The onions look great too..Such talent!!

Ur-spo said...

I too thought this splendid; good for you !

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think your onions and twine look amazing. Bravo on the progress!!

Travel said...

Amazing, beautiful work.

The Captain said...

I love your art, you are very talented. 👏

Lady M said...

Lovely job Debra - just think of that as binder twine from a hay bale. It is pretty thick.

DVArtist said...

OMG! This is stunning work! You did such a beautiful job.

The Blog Fodder said...

You are no novice. That is lovely. Happy New Year.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Damn. That's impressive. You added so much dimension to them. It's a beautiful product. Keep going. You've got the art gift.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I can almost smell them! Love being able to see the progression.

John M said...

I like the drawing, very nice.

Barbara said...

I'm so glad you continued with your classes. I think the onion is great. I can't draw diddly. I think art is such a great creative outlet. You go girl.

baili said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i am sooooooooooooo proud of you dear Debra ,specially the final look is AMAZINGLY done as i felt i can pick them and can use for cooking lol really great job my friend

best of luck for all the art you choose to do dear Debra!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

All I want to know is, when can we start buying your art?????? You are AMAZING girl!!

Fundy Blue said...

Wow, Debra! Your red onions are wonderful. I could actually feel the twine in your picture when I looked at it. I thought it liked very real! Keep drawing, my talented friend!

Insomniac's Attic said...

That sounds like a very interesting course to take ... well done, you!

I anticipate I will be driving up north in the near future to attend your first gallery showing!