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  • Writer's pictureRobert Martel

eyeballs AND ACORNS

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

I was leafing through my sketch books and I came across two pieces of work that at the time were each a monotonous struggle to produce but now that I examine the sketches I find them satisfying.

In my September 25, 2018 post titled "vanderpoel's EYES" I discussed John H. Vanderpoel's 1935 book The Human Figure: Life Drawing for Artists and shared some of my sketches based on Vanderpoel's own studies found throughout the book. Below is a double page spread of my sketches based on Vanderpoel's studies of the eye and I am most pleased with sketch on the top right. It looks lifelike and almost wet, Alas, Vanderopel deserves the credit.

Vanderpoel Eye Studies: graphite
Vanderpoel Eye Studies: graphite

In my November 17, 2017 post titled "sepia Natural History" I described the sketching I had been doing on my lunch hour at a nearby public wooded area called Point Pleasant Park. In addition to the oak tree and maple leaf sketches from that November 17th post I also produced the sketch of acorns blow. Initially I was not pleased with the piece as I found the form lacking. When I think back to that lunch hour in September I member rushing through the sketch because a strong cold westerly wind was blowing the pages of of sketch book. Form is still lacking but I like the detail on the acorn caps.

Acorns, Point Pleasant Park: sepia ink
Acorns, Point Pleasant Park: sepia ink

By the way, my Sketch Blog was recently added to a list of The Top 100 Drawing Blogs, Drawing Websites, Sketching Blogs, And Best Drawing Bloggers For You To Follow In 2019 over at Check out the post and browse some of the amazing drawing and sketching websites compiled in this list.

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