Artist of the Month- October

     My last artist of the month was a success, and I’m so excited for this one! I have so many favorite artists and it’s so hard to choose, but I think I’ve made a good choice. This artist is INCREDIBLE, his work is SO unique I absolutely love it. If you are into surrealism you will love his artwork.

     Drumroll please. *drums drums drums drums* Daniel Merriam!

     I love love love the architecture that he creates. Just… wow. His paintings have such a dreamy atmosphere. I would love to be able to do something like this. Or even think of something like this. The ideas are genius.
     I should have a post up next week about a project I finished last week. All images from
Happy Sketching!

Charcoal Masterpiece

     My first assignment for Independent Study was to draw a complex landscape using charcoal and to have a full range of white-grey-black shades. For once I actually did not spend more time on figuring out what to do than actually drawing. I estimate this took about 3 weeks, one hour a day 5 days a week, would be about 15 hours. It was 100% worth it. I personally like my drawing better than the reference drawing, and I’m very very harsh about the quality of my work.

     I went from the top to the bottom because with charcoal it gets messy and I didn’t want it all over my sleeves, which is what is going to happen if you start at the bottom and not the top. For the texture for the trees I put marks on a blank paper and rubbed a blending stub on them and then used the stub to create the leaves. I really like the way it turned out.

     As for the grass, I just used strokes. Lots and lots of strokes. I went over them with the darkest black and white chalk to make them pop.

     I matted this and entered it into an art contest in town, in a festival type of event locally known as The Pumpkin Show. (It’s not the Pumpkin Festival, it’s a show. We’re very adamant about that) I got second place with this piece, and first place on the oil painting that is featured on the My First Masterpiece post. Surprisingly it’s very very difficult to win at this competition. You never know what the judges are looking for, and often I don’t even understand why some win. You don’t win much money but it’s still kind of a big deal 😉
     Our little town waits for the second Wednesday in October for a while, all the local schools close and as does all the roads in downtown. It really is magical, saving up money for pumpkin flavored everything and eating hot bourbon chicken with the blustery wind, with hot cider or pumpkin spice lattes.
Happy Sketching! 


     While I’ve never actually had training in photography I still enjoy it. Right now I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. It’s not mine, it’s actually my sisters. but she graciously allows me to borrow it when I want to. In return I photograph her gorgeous children during Birthdays/Events. I wanted to buy my own but I simply cannot afford a good one. Here’s some pictures from my first shoot a little over 2 years ago.

     This was taken in Utah at a state park. I absolutely love this shot. I felt very professional because I had to lay on the ground to get it.
     This was taken a while ago, maybe last summer? I took my camera and just shot things around my house, including these wildflowers.
     I hate to say, but I took this one with my phone. This was in Washington state.
     This one I’m especially proud of because of the editing, There was a big juice box but I removed it by hand. Can you tell where it was?

     All these were taken a year ago also. I haven’t been taking many pictures recently… Maybe I should bring out the camera sometime.
Happy Sketching!