Alice in the corner

I spent the day looking through drawing books in preparation for a workshop I’m giving at school tomorrow along with some fellow teachers. I won’t go into too many details, but it’s basically about drawing in the digital world, and how we motivate students to use pencil and paper. Because I most often work in small sketchbooks, I sometimes forget how wonderful it is to do a large pencil drawing. Leafing through the drawing books and seeing works in pencil or charcoal by some of my favourite artists pushed me to take out a large sketchpad (14″ x 17″) and do a pencil drawing on a paper that has the proper tooth for graphite. It was a pleasure to spend a bit of time with Alice after our walk. And it made me realize how much I miss life drawing.


34 Comments on “Alice in the corner”

  1. Wayne Bissky says:

    Lovely girl and sketch.


  2. Monique says:

    Oh to be able to rest like Alice:)Such a lovely girl.
    Ordered a few things from Curry’s today…Fluid and such..:)


  3. Jane Hannah says:

    Oh wow! How I would love to be in that workshop tomorrow… and I am pretty sure that it is not possible so I wish you a great workshop Shari -)


    • Thanks Jane. It was a really fun workshop. Most people had little experience in drawing but they did an amazing job. We did blind contour, then contour then value and shading. The results were surprisingly great.

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  4. Susan says:

    Yay for Alice. I love that dog…. lovely pencil drawing as well!


  5. Liliane Partikian says:

    …and we miss you at life drawing


  6. Dory says:

    Hi Shari,
    Wonderful sketch! What paper do you recommend for practice with pencil like this?



  7. Missy Walsh-Smith says:

    Sweet Alice!


  8. SusanA says:

    What a beautiful girl. I would love to capture my two Shelties with such lovely simplicity, but I have yet to accomplish that. I love this drawing!


  9. Oh my gosh, this is so gorgeous, Shari! I almost caught my breath when I first saw it. Really sweet and perfect rendering. I’ve been really working on animals lately, so this especially caught my eye. What kind of paper did you use, if you don’t mind me asking?


    • Thanks so much Laura. The paper is Strathmore Premium Recycled sketch paper, size 14″ x 17″. Really nice to draw on with pencils.

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      • Thank you so much! I just recently picked up a small-sized version of this, and haven’t tested it out yet with pencil. I’m so glad you let me know; I’ll have to try tonight! I may try and copy your lovely drawing. I think I’ll learn a lot from trying to follow your strokes. Your work always inspires me, and I want to thank you for that! Have a great night!


  10. miatagrrl says:

    This is as lovely as any watercolor you’ve done! And what a good model she is!



  11. I hope you get to go back to life drawing soon! I love this portrait.


  12. KnitNell says:

    Ah lovely sketch – happy dog!


  13. anne farmer says:

    Lovely model, great drawing!


  14. Such a lovely sketch of Alice! And so adorably rendered. 😍


  15. Absolutely gorgeous! You have imparted a strong sense that she has a very sweet nature. Not sure how, but it really comes through.


  16. Lynn says:

    Alice is lovely – your drawings are lovely. As much as I enjoy and admire all your watercolors, I often wish you’d do more pen & ink work. A Mae West saying I think ? – Too much of a good thing is , , , Wonderful !

    Different topic – I have just learned of Karen Lamonte and her incredible glass sculptures of dresses – the body only shown by its’ absence. All the life of Grecian sculpture and Baroque painting expressed in the fabric. So gorgeous. Quite easy to find on her website or google images. Everyone will delight in her work.


  17. Oh what a sweetie, you will not forget the day you drew her, just then, curled up. thank you for sharing her.


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