A Cluster Of Grapes

How I Am Creating Grapes In Graphite

I have been studying grapes and finally decided to try my hand at this grape cluster in graphite. It's fun, but very difficult to give it the three dimensional look it needs. It has been great practice to get me back into art after taking a break for several months for a shoulder injury.

The following is my progression from beginning to where I am today (sorry the photos aren't that great, but you get the idea):

This is just a study of my own, so there is no deadline.  I think it's important to have a project like this, that you can work on when you feel like it and with no pressure.  It's just good practice for days when you don't know what to do.

Also, I am using my favorite Faber-Castell 9000 Series Graphite pencils - HB to 6B in range and working on a piece of Bristol paper.

I keep my pencils sharp at all times and use my putty eraser, as well as a clean piece of tracing paper to rest my hand on. I am not working from a live subject.

I got a chance to take a break from my current Leaf course and decided to work on my Cluster of Grapes.  So glad I did.  This is something I sketched out from observing how grapes grow a bit and then just drawing this cluster from my head.  The main purpose of it is to practice my toning technique and also shadowing.  I have found this is an excellent subject to do just that with the many layers of grapes.  Hope you enjoy.

Here I show my Cluster of Grapes laying on the study page of my Grape Leaf which I have included in my leaf library.  I plan to do more studies of the small vineyard I have here on my homestead.  I am not sure what kind of grapes they are, but they are small round, sweet and red. Very yummy!

I will continue to add my progression to the bottom of this post - so you may want to check in periodically.  If you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to contact me in the navigation above.