Just had some extra time tonight after dusting and cleaning and organizing a little and found this picture of a doll and thought I would give it a try. I tried to just do an outline similar to how I was taught to applique quilts. Short faint lines where the fabric should go, before you start stitching. This seemed to work okay with the drawing also. The shading is really hard for me. I feel more confident when I just use pencil and charcoal pencils and some blending with my finger. This time I tried to blend the shading with a white blender thingy I got at Michaels when I bought the basic drawing pencil set. I liked the shading that was in the picture I was looking at, but not on my drawing, so I need more practice. I then tried to fill in with watercolor pencils and ended up not liking that and just not liking these watercolor pencils all that much. Maybe I am not using them right.
I took the picture over in my photo explosion program and clicked on several different things. First I tried the colored pencil in the artistic area of the program, but it didn't change it much. Then I did a gradual tint and I liked that. I think I lightened it up somehow and liked that. Then I put a frame around it. I know it isn't all that good, but at least I am trying. A few weeks ago, I tried to draw a face only picture of Princess Diana and it ended up in the trash can. I am afraid faces are going to be really hard. And shading....and blending. But I am having a little fun with it all.