Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Goat Skull - from not so bad to worse




I just love this goat skull my DH found it ( for free) @ an estate sale and brought it home to me -- Absolutely one of the best gifts he ever got for me - I sketched it with pastel - and it was pretty nice - then I added a shadow - ummm not as nice -- and then I colored the back ground to cover the shadow and toned down the colors in the skull -which basically ruined what was good in the original sketch - I keep forgetting to quit while I'm ahead and stop way before I think I'm finished.

Will I ever learn to STOP messing around and leave it alone -

I so admire simple, clean, understated sketches -- but, boy oh boy, it is really hard for me to stop!!

You will be seeing this goat again - soon I hope -

10 comments:

seesue said...

I think they're both great.. and if you don't then just look at what you've learned!

Margaret Ann said...

These are cool...reminds me very much of the Georgia O'keefe skull series...really a neat subject! Nice DH! :)

Stephanie said...

what a husband! He knows you well. :) I think they both are really neat! and look forward to seeing your next incarnation of the skull. The gift that keeps on giving. Grin!

kazumiwannabe said...

I think they both look great too. The first version has great contrast and the final one splendid colors... They're both great and very impressive!

MaryO said...

Hmmmm, I'm trying to see what looks overworked in the second scan. It still looks great to me! But I'll look forward to see what you do with this wonderful subject next time.

Christie said...

Boy, can I relate -- I have to keep telling myself "step AWAY from the drawing... now!" But I don't listen.

Both sketches are lovely from my perspective, but the subject is so interesting, and so "O'Keefesque", I would love to see a whole series of skull studies.

Ann said...

What a terrific subject for drawing! I like them both and think you did a great job. But I know what you mean about knowing when to stop. I have the same issues. I need Christie around telling me to "step away from the drawing"!

SCquiltaddict said...

HEY this looks great on my computer...i love it..wish i had a skull

purplepaint said...

These are both great! I just love skulls, I have several out in my back yard, will have to get with it and try a sketch of them. :) Marva

Alison said...

A whole series of these in different media and different angles would be amazing - it's such a dramatic image