Sunday, January 3, 2010

Playing with Pastels

Hello everyone!

Happy 2010! May this new year bring you joy, health and wealth!
I had some time this last weekend to play around with my oil pastels.
Hugs to all!

Friday, August 21, 2009


And, last but not the least, the eye!
I am truly excited with my next assignments on this amazing course!
Are you curious? Just wait and see... I will be bringing you fresh updates on my portraiture course!
Hugs to all!


It was the feature I most enjoyed drawing!


And here´s the nose...


I finally finished the individual features studied on the first week of my portraiture course with Cindy Wider. I struggled so much to find some "pyjama time" - as Cindy would say - for my art. But here it is. The ear!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Window with History

This week I am hosting the drawing challenge at, and this is my contribution. It was inspired by a photo I have taken, during my holidays, in Guimarães, North of Portugal.
It was the first time I tried my new set of watercolor pencils and it was indeed exciting!! I know the paper was not the most appropriate one (just a 150 gr. drawing paper) but was anyhow suited to give me some pleasurable moments...

Monday, July 20, 2009

I´m back!

Hello dear friends and followers!

After a great 3 week family vacation, and no time for drawing, here I am again promising you new drawings in the following days...

Regards to all!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Elderberry Tea

This is a quick sketch made with soft pastels (sticks) for a weekly challenge on
I just could not resist the bright colors of the reference picture!...

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Urn

Here is the last shading exercise submitted to Cindy wider for the art course I am taking. The goal was to shade this drawing according to the theory of light and shadow.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Drawing Day 2009

Done for Drawing Day.
A quick sketch in soft pastels on a colored paper.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Column Fold

Hello, my dear friends!
This is one more shading exercise for Cindy Wider´s online art course. We are studying drapery this week and, although I am using now an extra dark and extra soft brand of pencils that gave me some nice headakes (;p), I am finally happy with the result! I hope the teacher will feel the same way! :D

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Silver Kettle

Do you want some tea? :)
I honestly thought I would not be able to complete this shading exercise for Cindy Wider´s online course! "No way!" I though... But, voilá! Here it is with my best effort! It´s incredible how, during the drawing and shading process, I always doubt myself. But then, I just go ahead with it putting aside all the negative thoughts and I just can´t believe my eyes when I look at the final result! It´s indeed a great feeling when you do create something... I am loving my art learning journey!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Oriental Girl

I am just thrilled with my latest drawing!! I know it is not a master piece but for me it has a special meaning since I have really struggled to be able to draw a more realistic portrait! I know I owe this result to my teacher, Cindy Wider, although this is not an exercise for the art course and I haven´t had yet portraiture, but I have used here some of the lessons taken so far!...
This was done with graphite pencils for this week´s drawing challenge in, and the reference picture was provided by it´s host, An.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Old Hayshed II

A friend of mine just helped me to give a whiter look to the photo I have taken of my exercise! :)
There... doesn´t it look better?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Old Hayshed

My last project for Cindy Wider´s online Course.
This is just an exercise, not a creation of mine.
We were supposed to do the outline drawing with the help of a grid, transfer the drawing to quality paper and then apply all the 6 different pencil strokes we have just learned!
Its yellowish color is defect of the photo... The drawing (on a A3 paper) did not fit into the scanner! :p

Old House

One of the most detailed pencil drawing I have made until now.

Spanish Clogs

This pencil drawing is definitely one of my favorites!
I felt really inspired on that couple of hours... :D
It was done from a reference photo.


... or not to be! ;)
A pencil drawing from a reference photo.

Guardian Angel

A graphite pencil creation inspired by a reference photo of a stone figurine.

Bright Day

This drawing is one of everybody´s favorite and was done in colored pencils from a reference photo.

Monday, April 13, 2009


A drawing made with soft pastels on colored paper from a reference picture of a metal figurine.

The Bride

This drawing was done with soft pastels on colored paper and had for reference a picture of a friend on her wedding day.


This is also the result of one squirkling tutorial from Brenda, on
I am just in love with her...


This tulip was done with soft pastel on pastel paper having in reference a shading tutorial from Brenda´s.
It was my first experience with soft pastels.

Horse´s Head

One of my first pencil drawings done with the help of Brenda´s tutorials on