Saturday, March 8, 2014

Art Lesson: Drawing a Tractor.



This post is a bit later than I wanted to get it on here because,
well,...
I'm going to be honest:
I kept pushing off getting this sketch done.


I wanted to do a sketch/painting on a piece for my husband's birthday,
and he's a tractor sort of guy.

Farmall's are his favorite,
but he actually has a John Deere right now,
so what was I to do?

Here is how to do a simple sketch of a Farmall.








After I had done that sketch, I decided to try this picture that I have of my husband with our son.



With this sketch, I just began by taking visual measurements and adjusting as I went along.
The Farmall was easier for a beginnier tractor, I thought, and I was glad I started with that one.







This was a sketch that pushed me outside my comfort zone, 
and I think a big part of the reason is that I do not know tractors...
their structure: how they are made, where their parts are,
their "skeletal shape," in a sense.

I know my husband (who does mechanic work) knows the parts and shapes of the features,
so I felt like every detail had to be more precise,
like copying the alphabet of a language that uses different lettering...
each line and curve must be very specific.




I am still finishing this piece;
I hope to watercolor it tomorrow and share the result when it is finished.



Because I still feel unsure of tractor art, 
I plan to take a picture of it when I am done outlining it with the pen,
and try painting a copy for practice first.

Stretching my brain to draw something I was uncomfortable with was great brain exercise,
and I am sure I could use more of that!

Have you had to do any forced pieces of art lately that made you paint outside your comfort zone?

Thanks for stopping by!




8 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks great! Can't wait to see the finished results!

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    1. Thank you! I need to get on that "finished results" :) Hoping to make time today.

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  2. Your husband obviously has good taste in tractors! LOL My Dad had a 1948 B. He passed some years ago, but when anyone mentions a tractor I can still see him on Old B.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. :) There's something sweet about a man on a tractor, isn't there? :)

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