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Day 10 – Drawing Fifteen Minutes a Day

Today’s drawing is going to be in preparation for a bigger project.  I need to do some new artwork for a show later in the month.  Since I live in Maryland, land of blue crabs, boating, the Chesapeake Bay, horses, and great people, I’m going to do some local stuff – starting with the blue crab.

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I’m using Strathmore Artagan Coal Black drawing paper and wax based colored pencils.  I like to use Derwent Coloursoft and Prismacolor Premiere pencils.  I’ve drawn out the crab using a white pencil.  Even though my fifteen minutes was used up just doing the preliminary drawing, I want to continue work and show the phases of the project, start to finish.

This one leg took me twenty-five minutes to complete.

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Maryland Crabs, when fresh are blue.  Once they’re steamed they turn orange.

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As I add more and more color, you’re going to have to begin to trust me.  You’re thinking that there’s no way a crab could be those colors.  Ha!  I say.  Give me time.

In fact, to really worry you, let’s go even farther.  Do you trust me?  No?  Just stand by.  We’ll see what happens.

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Perhaps you can begin to trust me now.  At not quite halfway, you should be starting to see what this might look like when it’s finished.

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I worked for eight hours on the crab.  As I was finishing up, the TV announced a tornado warning for our area.  I had to turn off my computer and go to the basement.  As I was preparing to go down I thought of what I’d take with me.  It was the first time that I had to consider that a tornado might actually touch down here and destroy the cabin.  I looked around the studio at the piles of prints waiting for matts and clear sleeves in preparation for the upcoming art show.  If they were blown away, what would I do?  Start over, I guess.  Get new prints.  One last look and I decided to take the crab and the eleven colored pencils I was using.  That was what I’d save if I could save anything.  No matter what else happened, I could show up at that show on the 22nd with a colored pencil drawing of a crab.  Yes!

The crab is done.  Tomorrow I’ll start something new.  It was a fun project.  Only at the very end did I start to feel ready to be done.  I suppose that’s normal.  The other seven hours and fifty minutes I felt peaceful as I worked, lost in the drawing.

Sleep well, my friends.

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