Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I found an old Mead sketchpad, marked $1.75, that has paper as heavy as today's Aquabee Superdeluxe paper. Not as heavily sized, but it took layered w/c really well!
Just an indication of how thin today's "sketch" paper is for much higher cost.
$1.75 for 50 sheets of 12x9. Sigh. Wonder what year that was?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Chaucer is sailing away on his magic carpet here.
The process was to practice w/c glazing, and to create bloom. Glazing takes waiting and going back to the piece, which I usually avoid doing.
But when I painted the green around the rug fringe (I did the background last, which was not a good thing), I saw the surreal floating effect and kept it.
If only we could develop magic-transporter rugs. Think of the fun and convenience!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
. . . of a drive-by drawing.
I didn't do her face right, but it's a first attempt. She held really still though, much better than cats or husbands!
Fountain pen inked over the original light pencil sketch, on Superaquabee Deluxe.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This cat has become one now. After I've drawn something several times and can do it from memory, I use it for those times I want to play with new art supplies or have minutes to fill while waiting, but not enough to do a new scene.
In this case I didn't do a pencil/pen pre-drawing. It was practice drawing from memory with a brush, direct sketching with w/c.
Layering doesn't work too well on the Aquabee Superdeluxe. It takes a couple light washes, but then the surface starts to break. But this isn't necessarily a subject I'd commit to better paper.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So many great sketchers/bloggers do cityscapes. I'm always fascinated and impressed. I want to get better at capturing those building/car moments we all pass through.
So many straight lines! Windows! Doors! Wheels! Agh! And to get it down in 10 minutes!
But expanding my themes is a good thing.
Pencil on Aquabee Superdeluxe, w/c added later.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Glazing in watercolors takes a lot of waiting and careful color mixing. I'm giving it a try.
Going back to layer on reds and then lift highlights--gee, that's what the real painters do!
Not sure I'm cut out for it . . .
W/c on Aquabee Superdeluxe.
Friday, September 19, 2008
On the cover of the Aquabee sketchbook--gesso with blue acrylic added, then sketching and painting on top.
I have to make the covers of my sketchbooks more interesting than corporate logos and company colors.
Gesso, acrylic, fibertip and w/c.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I'm practicing first drawing all the non-moving parts of the person I'm observing, then trying to catch and remember the moving face and arms, and make it look not TOO awful.
Tech pen on Superaquabee.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wherever I am in the house, there's a sleeping cat. He transports through space to each location, often without being visible in the time/space continuum between.
4B pencil that turned into a w/c sketch when I needed color. On Raffine sketch paper, which is gorgeous heavyweight stuff.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sometimes I just have to draw, whatever is closest, with whatever paper and media is closest.
Doesn't mean it turns out at all, it just relieves the drawing pressure.
Drawing can be an addiction.
4B pencil on Aquabee Superdeluxe. No eraser nearby. That might have helped.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I've been skimming through Fast Sketching Techniques by David Rankin. He recommends using a 9B pencil and a smudging stump (the hard rolled tortillons) to have a range of values and quick application.
As a professionally trained artist, he had to work to relax into, and accept, fast, wonky sketching. Funny to think how he teaches it now, when most of us are trying to go the other direction!
I like the method, 2 simple things to carry that provide a large range of values with a painterly feel, no crosshatching.
And as Rankin says, using the tortillon to add values makes the technique something like a dry, single-hue watercolor sketch.
P.S. I used 8B graphite instead of 9B. 9B is relatively difficult to find!
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I found another cool wicker chair at a place I stayed in Maine. This chair was the most gorgeous lavendar wicker, didn't look painted. And the cushions were deep maroon.
I'm no longer intimidated by all those little wickers crisscrossing in front of my eyes. Progress!
Pencil on SuperAquabee.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
An attempt at a close-up of one of the millions of rockwalls everywhere in New England. This one happens to be in Maine--can't you tell?
A mere impression of moss and lichen-discolored boulders. But fun to try to catch all the planes and shadows.
Done while sitting on the wall, juggling w/c pens. (I always say that, it's exactly what it feels like.) There's some graphite and w/c pencil in there, too.