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Graphite sketch of Smokehouse at Renfrew Museum

Graphite sketch of Smokehouse at Renfrew Museum, Waynesboro, Pa.

The Story Behind the Sketch:

It was a mild winter day, approaching Christmas,  when my hubby & I went for a walk at Renfrew park. The dull scenery had been lit up into shade of russet, orange and gold, by the low rays of the setting sun— and I could not resist taking a photo of this scene. While I did the sketch as a prelude to a watercolor painting, I’m also happy with what it is in itself; a pleasant black & white rendition of a colorful scene.

The Technical Stuff:

Paper: Canson XLMixed-media spiral bound sketchbook. Pencils: General’s 3B and 8B sketch pencils.

My Experience in Doing this Sketch: 

This sketch came into being on a Monday as I sat with my fellow artists around the big dining room table at the home of our leader, Becky, and worked at our respective projects.  I find black & white work easy to do while chatting and listening to other people’s conversations. (The decisions needed in making a color picture seem to require more concentration for me.) Although the drawing appears more like charcoal in this image, I actually used a 3B graphite sketch to do almost all of it, with an 8B for some of the darker areas. Some slight blending was done with a stomp  in the shadowed areas of the building. Once the real work of getting the perspective and proportions of the smokehouse correct, the rest was a breeze. ( Maybe excepting those 1 million little ivy leaves I had to draw that were growing on the trees!)


Today’s Excerpt from ‘Pages’:

Squirrel carrying leaves

Squirrel carrying leaves




All images and text in this post are Copyright K. A. Renninger 2015. I am more than happy to have you share them through your own blog, and hope you will do so—but you must give me credit. Anyone who uses them to make money will be prosecuted.