Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Drawing of a Cheetah Bear from Jim Benson Norton Simon Workshop & Spider WIP...



Here is a charcoal drawing I did at artist Jim Benson's workshop on contrast at the Norton Simon Museum of Art.  My drawing looks a bit like a combination of a Cheetah and a Bear, I call it my Cheetabear...

In the workshop, he talked about how with contrast you compare and contrast and contrast refers to difference.  High contrast has a high degree of difference and low contrast has a low degree of difference.  For example, high contrast has sharp edges and focus, while low contrast has blurred edges and is out of focus.  He also talked about using contrast in the foreground vs. the background, with the higher degree of high contrast marks in the foreground and the lower contrast mark making in the background.  It was a fun and interesting workshop!

I am also participating in Sunday Sketches.  To view more Sunday Sketches, please visit:


Here is my work in progress view of my spider.  I meant to post him yesterday but I woke up too late and had to leave.  At this point I've just done the background, I am hoping to have him done by Tuesday and then start work on the bunny, but it remains to be seen how much time this arachnid will need for me to complete him.

11 comments:

Kim said...

Love the cheetabear. It reminds me of a sweet plush toy. As for your spider...I shiver even at spider drawings apparently. The background looks very cool, almost like a beach. I don't love thinking about spiders at the beach :( I will check back though to see the final product, cause it seems I like to torture myself like that...lol.

Christine said...

cute bear, glad you enjoyed your lesson! And the spider is coming along so nicely!

Alexandra said...

Lisa, your cheetabear is absolutely brilliant! Wow. I think this is one of your best illustrations yet. Look at your growing and finding your own, unique style! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow Lisa! You are rocking! I Love your Cheetah! So cute! And, that spider is looking fantastic! Excellent background! Hugs ;o)

Carola Bartz said...

I certainly like your cheetahbear! It brings together the best of two worlds.

Margie said...

Oh my, Lisa, the face on your cheetabear is so beautiful.
Wonderfully done!

I like your spider, I found one today in my kitchen and released him to the beautiful sunshine outdoors :)

Margie said...

Oh my, Lisa, the face on your cheetabear is so beautiful.
Wonderfully done!

I like your spider, I found one today in my kitchen and released him to the beautiful sunshine outdoors :)

Lorraine Renaud said...

Whatever you draw Lisa Isabella is a sight to see, for each incredible sketch no matter the form, the matter, the human, or the animal your kindness, and sweetness shows in every sketch you create you are truly an amazing artist, bravo

Ariel said...

Your cheetah bear is adorable. I can see so much kindness in his eyes. The spider sketch is coming out so well.
Lisa,Thank you for your comment on my post. Your big eyed magical girls are beautiful. Will be back to see the completed paintings.
Susan

Netty said...

I so love your cheetabear, he is adorable Lisa. Annette x

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Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Thanks so very much for your kind words on my cheetabear and spider!