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Salinas Comm. School: Exploring Prismacolor Pencils, Positive/Negative Space, Charcoal, and Realism

The Salinas Sketchers moved forward with leaps and bounds in drawing with charcoal and Prismacolor pencils! Students learned to use smaller study sketches to find accurate proportions and positive/negative space before finishing their large-format charcoal drawings. Everyone also explored blending primary colors while using Prismacolor pencils. Shown above is a detail from David’s color rendition of an apple.


Evelyn: Great studies of the egret and color blends on the apples!!


Desiree: Wonderful drawings! Fantastic job of keeping accurate proportions of the aloe plant in your large scale charcoal drawing.


David: Really like how you adapted your drawing style to the color blending assignment! Great eye for proportions.


Dominico: Remarkable set of sketches, man! Nice job of taking your egret study to larger paper in charcoal.


H: From Van Gogh to blending colors on the apple, you’re dedication to exploring techniques is really showing in your work!


Dangelo: These are drawings are stellar, Dangelo!! You’ve worked hard on learning about tonal values and it shows in the aloe plant and robot sketch.


Marcos: Great start in studying 3D form! Hope you can join us for more sketches from real life.


Arturo: I know you had to transfer to another class, but you made fantastic progress, as shown in this set of drawings. Great use of tonal values in the aloe plant drawing!


Gina: Nice studies of positive and negative space!! :-)


Ricky: Your work has progressed wonderfully! Clean line work and application of lighter and darker gray tones. Hope you can finish the Humvee sometime.


Marcelo: Way cool use of red, yellow, and blue to create the apple! And your large-format charcoal skull is one of the best pieces I’ve seen you do. Keep it going, Marcelo!


Norman: Cool to have you join us! Really nice group of drawings! Excellent color blending and charcoal tonal values.



Salinas Comm. School: Weeks 7-10: Form, Contours, Tonal Value, Positive/Negative Space, Perspective

Originally posted 1/11: The Salinas Sketchers learned to create study sketches showing the roundness and contours of pumpkins, squash, shells and other objects, as they concentrated on drawing accurate proportions. Everyone explored using large format paper and charcoal and studied texture, light, and shadows.

Above left is Christian’s study sketch of a pumpkin, and above right is his large charcoal drawing.

Upper left is Desiree’s sketch of a shell. Upper right is H’s large-format charcoal drawing of a shell, and lower left is his conte crayon drawing of a lantern. Lower right is Ignacio’s contour sketch of a pumpkin.

Above left is Ricky’s contour study of an aloe plant. Above left is H.’s finished aloe drawing showing gray tonal values of lighter and darker green.

Above left and right shows Deontay’s contour edge study and his final drawing of an egret while learning about positive and negative space.

Above left is Ignacio’s study of a rocking chair while drawing the negative space around the chair. Above right is Christian’s sketch of the proportions of a dragonfly.

Shown above is Ignacio’s study of a sketch by the artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Click ‘Read more’ below to view everyone’s drawings and Rob’s comments…


Your line work shows increased confidence in showing contour edges and textures, especially the shell and corn. Keep practicing drawing basic lines and shapes for things; then finishing with darker contour lines.


Your work has shown a BIG improvement during the past weeks. The contours and textures of the shell look very realistic. The form and tones of the lion and aloe plant are very well drawn. I know drawing the buildings in perspective was a challenge but you pulled of a nice sketch! :-)



Your progress has been steady in your sketching skills and eye for accurate proportions. REALLY like the studies of the pumpkins and the tonal values of the aloe plant. And you pulled together a tight perspective drawing, too.


You’ve developed an artistic style of drawing with bold, confident lines. I really like how you loosened up your line work in the positive/negative egret drawing to show contours and textures, and the study sketches of theĀ  pumpkins. Nice details on the antique iron. And very clean perspective drawings.


Your drawings have improved rapidly, Christian! The looser, more expressive lines of your study sketches and the large-format charcoal drawing of the pumpkins show a new direction for you pursue in your drawing. The sketch of the dragonfly shows your eye for accurate proportions is improving in a big way, too. Keep it going!


The fish drawing shows your control of thick and thin lines as well as seeing accurate proportions. The contour edges of the egret are very well drawn.


Excellent work in using positive and negative space to draw the form of the egret! The lighter and darker tones of the bird’s body show your improved confidence in controlling your pencil.


Your ability to look at things and draw there proportions accurately has improved steadily during the past several weeks, as shown in your pumpkin studies and the egret. Great job in drawing the buildings in 2-point perspective!


These study sketches of the pumpkin, shell, and antique iron are a big step for you in drawing from observation, Ignacio! The curved contours look very realistic. Cool sketch of the Vincent Van Gogh landscape drawing. Keep it going, man!



Wow! your line work and eye for accurate proportions are progressing wonderfully! Excellent use of light and dark tones to show values of green of the aloe plant. Hope to see you explore more large-scale charcoal drawings.


Excellent start in drawing with lines and shapes. The proportions (sizes of shapes compared to other shapes) are very well drawn.