DRAWING DAY, 2008.I was going to work on a couple of oil pastel drawings that I've been working on for a while on Saturday, but then I found out that someone had declared the first Saturday in June to be Drawing Day, so I decided to create an original drawing from scratch to mark the occasion.
This is a drawing of the GT Club #13 Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale race car based on a photo that I took at a Ferrari Challenge race in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, in June of last year.
It's not as detailed as I usually like to draw, though that's partially because I'm drawing on a much smaller sheet of paper (12"x9" sketchbook paper) than the poster board on which I usually draw, and there's one error that I find glaring in that I neglected to draw the shadow for the side mirror, but I am pleased with myself in that I was able to draw a drawing that looks semi-photorealistic when viewed from a distance from scratch in just one afternoon and evening, when most of the pictures I draw take me weeks, if not months. Because I gave myself a mental deadline of midnight, I was just somehow able to focus more on getting the job done, even taking a couple of breaks to attempt to beat that goddamned difficult final mission of Grand Theft Auto IV. (I'm fine with the shootout in the abandoned casino, because I use the rocket-powered grenades on the cars that the goons are hiding behind, and I know to take out most of the shooters hiding inside the casino by shooting through holes in the roof before I enter, it's chasing the boat on the motorcycle where I fail.)
It was also nice working with Prismacolor coloured pencils again, after doing several drawings in crayons and oil pastels. Maybe this will inspire me to finally finish that drawing of a Ferrari 550 Maranello on Preston Street during last year's Ottawa Ferrari Festival that I started working on last July but keep on getting frustrated at tiny background details (though I've done a lot more work on the drawing compared to the way it looked in the following photo from the end of July).