Saturday, May 17, 2014

Slow Down, Look for Details

Tommy Kane was the last week's teacher. His work is just delightful, and the REAL theme for the week was FUN! He demoed how to draw very slowly, but directly (mistakes and all) with pen, looking for more and more details; then he goes back and does watercolor and colored pencils overtop. The assignment was to draw our kitchen, but since I don't have one, I just drew around the townhouse. Outside from the deck, my view from the couch, sitting across from some of the townhouses. It's just a really FUN way to draw.

Tommy has a rule: always finish a drawing that you start. Warts and all. And judging from the homework that was tunred in, a lot of folks persisted on drawings they normally would have abandoned, and were delighted with their results.

Overall, the Sketchbook Skool was a huge success. I truly enjoyed every week of it, it went by SO fast.
There is a repeat of this course in July (class 1), and another semester starting the same day (class 2.)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sketching Live Animals

Coconut and Chelsea are the landlady's two dogs. Both white, both long haired. Carol (landlady and friend) kindly allowed me to spend part of an afternoon sitting with them, studying them and sketching. The dogs moved around a lot. The larger one, Chelsea, didn't like me looking at her, so eventually ducked under the table. Coco was more of a poser, but with all the hair in his face, it was tricky to get him down. But it was fun anyway, and the time went by so fast. Done in pencil in a cheapie sketchbook.

Posted in Sketchbook Skool.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Roz Stendahl, Sketchbook Skool

This week we have the inestimable (Merriam Webster: too valuable or excellent to be measured or appreciated) Roz Stehdahl as our teacher in Sketchbook Skool. (I must admit that it has my mind going in twelve directions at once. It's Spring and nice out so I want to plein air paint, I want to try gouache as a painting medium, I want to play with Schmincke paints, both watercolors and gouache, I want to....draw birds, animals and insects...there's just soooo much information in the blog and website from Roz, I want to read it all...) Oh, here's the blog URL: Roz Wound Up 

And from there you can get to the website: Roz Works.

Anyway, the demo was on drawing from a live animal, in this instance a bird. I watched the video a bunch of times, and studied the bird, did some gesture drawings, and then found a pose I liked and did that one with watercolor. Still want to sketch the upstairs neighbor's dogs this week.

 Doing the gesture drawings really helps with moving models. I numbered mine to remind myself of how much better my observations got as I went on.

Jane LaFazio, Sketchbook Skool

Week Four was Jane LaFazio, an awesome artist. She had us thinking about grids in our work, (and a lot of other things...rubber stamps, decorative backgrounds, printed fabric...) I was able to get two grid drawings done, but I'm not thrilled with either of them. Like the second one better. I need to go back and try the assignment with some cool looking veggies. I do like the look of the grids Jane uses, but I had some trouble getting a grid to work for me. The lines are actually straight, distorted by a fish eye effect in my camera.

I tried a background sponge pattern (watercolor stamping) in the second one, and it does add to the page.

Adding Watercolor to Our Repertoire

In our third week, we had a teacher named Prashant Miranda, and he did beautiful watercolor journals.
It was such a pleasure to see his flip throughs. Our assignment was to paint watercolor skies. I did a few and ended up posting just this one, done outside in my backyard, looking up our hill.
Posted in Sketchbook Skool.

Colored Pencil, Koosje Koene

In Koosje Koene's klass, we worked with colored pencils. And also did some exercises with working outside and in public. Yum on the colored pencils. I still had some Prismacolors, so got them out, sharpened them up, and did the strawberry. I wanted to show the layering, in the first one. The little highlights are done with a smidge of gouache. The onions are an older piece, also done with colored pencils.

"Duke" at work

At my friend's hairdresser. I tagged along, and got to sketch, while she got her roots done.
Another sketch in the grey journal, pen and ink, with wash added later.
Posted in Sketchbook Skool.

Pansy Play

First week, just playing.
And trying to work out how to balance work and play, since they have the same elements for me.
Watercolors, pen and ink, gouache.
In my handmade journal. (I didn't make it, someone else made it for me, some time ago.)When I talk about "showing," it's to post in Sketchbook Skool.

Back to Sketching, Sketchbook Skool

I am so fortunate, to be participating in the long awaited online class, organized by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene, called (makes sense, right?) Sketchbook Skool. Every week there is a new teacher, with inspiring videos, instruction, ideas, a demo, some flip-thrus of their sketchbooks, some assignments and activities, and a bit of critique. We post our work and ask questions, and each of the teaching weeks, although different from one another, builds on what we have already been doing. All in all, marvelous.

Week one with Danny was all about inspiration, working with pens, and being immediate, but thoughtful.
I did this one after church at Panera Bread, in ink. Then added the wash and white gouache later.

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