#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “V”

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Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, thanks for sticking with me this month for the A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet and today’s prompt is the letter “V”!

Would you like to or do you play the violin?

My good friend and fellow blogger, Mr. Shady from SDMM told me his wife is an artist. I believe she paints. Her favorite subject is Victorian women. Feeling inspiration burning to my core I sketched two Victorian women, a portrait and a full- length drawings.

I modeled my sketch after this image. No step by step instructions, just sight drawing. The eyes need work but I’m confident in time I’ll develop a knack for getting it right.

This lovely lady I modeled from this image. I’m eager to do more female forms, especially Victorian women. I like vintage stuff, don’t you?

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

I’m feeling victorious with the vast undertaking of the A2Z challenge soon coming to an end. What V-things should I sketch next?

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn

 


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39 thoughts on “#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “V”

  1. pam

    Yep…moving right along with the A’s and B’s! Your doing such a great job. Inspired me to go and buy some color pencils and some drawing pencils. Just gotta sit down and start.

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Pam,

      I’m delighted that I inspired you to do something you love again. Maybe after the A2Z fun is behind us, you can pick those pencils up to sketch without hesitation and when you do then share your creations with us. You can link up with my not-so Wordless Wednesday to showcase your work anytime! Thanks for popping by for a visit!

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  2. Arlee Bird

    I was trying to guess ahead what you would draw for V. I should have thought of violin since I used to play (guess I still can if I tried, but I probably wouldn’t play too well). Victorian women I would have not guessed but it was a good choice.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Lee, What’s this…you used to play the violin? Did you play like late comic Jack Benny πŸ˜‚ or concert violinist Joshua Bell? Seriously, I love the sound of violin mewsic and would like to learn if I was a mere tot. lol I think the real serious begin playing around age 3 or 4. I don’t think I even knew what a violin was at that age. You ought to pull out your violin and play again. You might surprise yourself. πŸ™‚ If the neighbors complain just tell them you’re rehearsing to be the next Inspector Clouseau. Oh, I love those old movies! Thanks for visiting, dear friend!

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  3. Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    V is for Victory and Victory is close at hand. Very few letters remain as you Valiantly sketch your way through the alphabet.

    First off, I’d say your Violin sketch reVeals your artistic Virtuosity. It looks fit as a fiddle. πŸ™‚ The other elements in the composition add interest and make the mewsical theme pop.

    Va-va-voom! That was my reaction when I laid eyes upon your Victorian women. I remember you telling me weeks ago that Mrs. Shady’s faVorite subjects inspired you to try drawing Victorian women. Both of your sketches turned out great. The women look soft and feminine but their eyes reVeal inner strength. You did a fine job on woman #1’s long locks and woman #2’s elaborate costume.

    Very Very Very nicely done, dear friend Cathy! πŸ™‚

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Tom,

      I got side tracked yesterday and was unable to do much in Blogosphere. Oo, virtuosity is a good word! I should’ve thought about that one since I have the virtuoso app on my phone. lol I rarely use it so I guess that’s why it didn’t pop in my mind. The value of your words are important to me and I hope you weren’t disappointed with my Victorian women. You should share some of Mrs. S’s paintings (am I remembering right?) on your blog or does she have her own? I’m eager to sketch more Victorian women. Thanks for venturing over for a visit, my very good friend!

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      1. Thomas Anderson

        Yessum, oil painting is Mrs. S’s medium of choice, but she has also made a few pencil and chalk sketches of human subjects over the years. On one occasion she dressed our young nieces in Victorian garb, asked them to pose for her and painted them.

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  4. lorigg

    Another victorious post for the alphabet series. I like the ribbon of notes behind the violin to finish the image. I often forget those details. The vintage women are also well done and interesting.

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Lori, It took me awhile to get the groove of adding details. I think I drew more than half my sketches before it clicked that I needed something more and once I made that connection I added finishing touches to all my completed illustrations. It really makes a difference to the overall picture, doesn’t it?

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Shirley, I’m glad my kitten in my header makes you smile. When I saw the image online I knew it would work purrfectly for my design. All I had to do was add the caption! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Annie, My goal is to illustrate my own children’s book which I’ve put on tieing up the loose strings to this story long enough. It’s time to take it to the next level. I also, I hope to continue highlighting my sketches on my blog. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. John Holton

    Back in the day, I wanted to play the violin when I’d hear Papa John Creach (Jefferson airplane/Starship), Richard Greene (Seatrain), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Sid Page (Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks), or Jean-Luc Ponty play. Later I added Stephane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) and Joe Venuti to the list. I played a little mandolin, which is tuned the same way, but that’s about it.

    Good drawings!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      John, It seems my first experience with a mandolin was in college. Someone brought theirs to class one day. I sorta think it was for speech class and our assignment was to give a demonstration. I remember what some kids did but I can’t recall what I did. lol Anywho, I do like the sound of the mandolin and because of its size, I thought maybe I could learn how to play but never attempted it. The good thing is you can turn your mandolin upside down and tuck it under your chin sorta and then pretend it’s a violin. πŸ˜€

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Shilpa, The second Victorian Woman has soft locks piled in a loose bun allowing hair strands to work free giving her an extra feminine touch. Thanks for stopping in for a peek!

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  6. Debbie D.

    Great job once again, Cathy! πŸ™‚ The violin sketch has such wonderful detail and the two women look lovely. Victorian women had beautiful, ornate hairstyles.

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Debbie, thanks! Victorian women of means were elegant and beautiful in their fashions and accessories. I love seeing the old photos from this era but I would not like living in it. The clothes were too constricting! Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Nick, I bet the cello got pretty heavy under the chin, no wonder you only stuck with it for a year. lol I’m being silly! Cellos are beautiful sounding instruments, too. Hey, I’m sure my Victorian women have secrets to tell. I mean don’t most women? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting, my friend!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Ellen,

      The detailing is tricky and requires a certain confidence but the more practice I put in the better I’ll get, right? Thanks for your sweet comments and visit, my friend!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Linda, thank you! I’m glad you like my sketches. I’m assuming you’re referring to the first Victorian woman’s hair. It looked simple enough to sketch until I tried and that’s when I found out I didn’t have quite the depth as the original artwork used to model my lady. I believe I’ll spend some time sketching hair as well as facial features soon.

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  7. Mary B

    Another job well done! I really like your violin sketch. I’m running behind as usual, hopefully I will get caught up before it’s all over.

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  8. Birgit

    I am behind..what else is new:) I never played the violin and don’t wish to but it is on elf my favourite instruments to listen to. I would say to listen to Andre Rieu who. I love. I saw him twice and it was thrilling with his whole orchestra. Love your drawings of the violin and the Victorian women. I love the Gibson girl…he hair tells me she is a Gibson gal. The Victorian lady is nicely drawn and it’s sweet for you to have Shady’s wife as an inspiration

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