Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
After I did the painted bear in the sketchbook, I decided to try actual acrylic on a gessoed board.
For once, I set up an actual still life. The base is a leaning plastic drawer unit, so it's actually crooked, not just bad painting.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Though no one else can tell, when I did this I put the w/c straight down as through it were oil or acrylic--just strokes on strokes to make the form.
It's a different process than drawing,just a feeling of putting down the marks to sculpt the shape. And because it was on thin sketchpaper, I couldn't go back to rework anything.
W/c in the sketchbook.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I found some loose pages from a Moleskine sketchbook, and randomly started using up w/c with a flat brush, drawing a character from a Netflix video.
I liked how the resistant paper worked this time. Usually it irritates me.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Now that I can usually capture the shape and proportion of a thing, my next goal is to capture the light and shadows better.
Practicing on my porcelain bunny, which is easier than soft textured items, buildings, or people.
W/c on sketchbook paper
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I don't like drawing all the leaves on a plant, so draw them fast to get it over with and also to keep honing my skill to put down the (close to) right shape with the first stroke.
Rectangle and color added afterward.
Pen and w/c in the Mead sketchbook.
Monday, February 08, 2010
I was already sitting with the sketchbook when Fen came into the room and then stopped in this mid-movement pose. She is elderly and sometimes goes into pause mode, as if her brain stalls.
But she has already lived 12+ months past the vet's estimate of "one month left," so she's making feline medical history.
Pencil in the Mead sketchbook.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
I'm liking the brush flow and the color intensity of the ink in these Pentel pens. The brush easily goes into dry mode unless I squeeze them, so I can get a variety of effects.
Especially if I quickly add strokes of water with a waterbrush. The colors are marker-strong, but otherwise they're good for a travel kit.
And I can always squeeze a little puddle onto a plastic surface for thinning with water.
Pelikan techno-liner pen (my new favorite) and Pentel inks in the Mead sketchbook.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
My new way to practice drawing to to pause the "instant play" shows I can now get on my computer from Netflix. All the movies I want to watch at no extra charge than my monthly fee. It's great!
This is an actor from an old BBC series. With more practice, I might make him recognizable.
Prismacolor water soluble graphite on 140# w/c paper.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I love to make the colorful backgrounds, then wait to turn them into something more finished with a drawing on top. Often I *don't* improve the piece.
In this case, with a clingwrap-wrapped finger I streaked on ink from the Pentel brush pens (no absorption and better streaking than using a sponge or papertowel).
Days later, I drew my childhood teddy bear on the page. He may be my new convenient, stays-still, life model.
I didn't scan across the binding, so he's missing a paw. Ink brush pen in the journal.
Monday, February 01, 2010
I don't know what Chaucer was looking at, but I managed to catch something of his intense lean.
The post is a carpet-covered cat cave with 2 holes. The cats will never go inside, but it makes a convenient sitting platform.
Varsity fountain pen (with watersoluble ink) in the journal, painted later.
Yay, it's February, one month closer to spring!