How I Illustrated A Lumpy Pumpkin in Graphite


Begin With A Simple Line Drawing

While beginning with the simple line drawing of this pumpkin, I did not consider all those lumps and bumps and what that would mean for me in terms of hours of work…

I only had one week to complete it for a graphite course I was taking that I was hoping to get a certificate from!!! What was I thinking?

Facebook Groups and Prayer

At this point, I decided it would be good to begin praying and asking others from the course Facebook group to pray along with me.  I’m so glad I did because I truly needed God’s help to get this final project done and turned in on time.

As I began posting my progress on our Facebook group, people became very interested and began cheering me on towards my goal.

Some would even ask me for an update each day of how far I was.

Facebook Groups Offer Encouragement

At this point in my project I was really getting a lot of encouragement!  It felt so good and helped me to press on even though I was tired of working on this pumpkin.

I worked late into the evenings and woke up on the due day to the above progress, but with much more time needed for shading and toning and still had a quiz for the course I needed to study for and take!!

But at last, around 4:00 p.m. it was ready to be signed and turned in!

You can bet I was praising God for giving me lots of support through fellow students, Facebook friends and of course some mighty prayer warriors!!!!

Yes!  I framed that pumpkin right away :)

Overall, deciding to take an online graphite course was a good idea and I would highly recommend doing so to anyone who may be considering it. 

Practice Makes Art!

You might think that you could never learn to do graphite art, but I always say, "Practice Makes Art!" and although it may feel really hard sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with pushing ourselves to do something a little harder than normal.

The practice of perseverance is a good thing. We never know when we might find ourselves under trial for much more serious things, and it would be good to know how to endure to the very end.  If you are on Facebook, please consider joining our "Practice Makes Art!" group. 

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because,
having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the
Lord has promised to those who love him.
— James 1:12



Constance Reeder