Natural surfaces surround us. I found the hardest part about this month's challenge was deciding what direction to take!
As it's been a bit too cold and wet to spend much time outside comfortably drawing or making rubbings, I gathered a few natural surfaces inside.
I had recently visited a friend's studio where she was teaching a drawing class, and she had set up a still life for her students along with stiff paper windows to look through in order to find interesting compositions.
Inspired by her set-up, I thought I'd share the tip. She taped the windows to the top of bottles, but I just held mine up long enough to rough in the desired composition and then added detail without the aid of the viewer.
I made three drawings, focusing on the antler, wooden mushrooms, and again the antler, respectively and looking for interesting shapes and relationships.
I used a medium-soft pencil in a sketchbook made from watercolor paper. Unfortunately, the paper was too rough to effectively explore the different textures of the antler, wood, stone, and pinecone I had in my still life. Regardless, the exercise of using a viewfinder window to seek out intriguing details was fun and helped me focus my drawings a bit. No matter what your favorite medium is, try looking at your subject through a cut-out window and see if it changes your view.