Here is my very quick sketch for this week’s theme of what object represents me.  Everyone makes fun of my books and the fact that I tore out my RV couch and put a bookshelf in its place.  A beautiful,  cedar shelf I built myself,  but who’s asking? Most of my storage is used for books,  actually.

I have been pretty ill for a few days now, but I thought if I can stand through it for 5 hours Monday, I can sketch for 10 minutes today.

Of course I was exhausted and dizzy after such exertion.  I felt physically terrible, messed up the lettering, and feel otherwise disappointed in the sketch, however,  at one point I realized,  this is what I love about graphite. It is all about the values.  I’d rather be disappointed in the sketch I did than disappointed for not doing one.

I love watercolor because it is so much about the color.  But graphite and charcoal are all about light and dark.

I’ve been itching to do a graphite drawing for a year+. I pushed it off because my paintings are just too important right now.  I need to get most of the bad ones out of my system.

I could devote the rest of this sketchbook to graphite though.  I loves me some ink, but I can’t fight the siren song of the pencil any longer.

Also, the bed. I need to sleep. I feel another 13 hour solid hours of sleep coming on.

How are your sketches going?  Don’t forget you can email the sketches to me or use the hashtag #heyelisha on instagram, or even link in the comments to your own blog or website.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.