Gesture drawing is the topic this week in Sketchbook Skool. Gesture drawings are meant to be quick figure studies of people in action and uses expressive mark making to capture the sense of movement. I had to use online images of dancers tonight since I wasn't out and about to capture people in action. I really seem to have a hang up regarding people/faces. I just can't seem to loosen up with them so even these drawings are too tight for gesture drawings. But I'm satisfied with this attempt. I'm thinking I should look into taking a figure drawing class at some point.
Some days are busier than others. Today was one of them. I gave a lesson on colored pencil techniques this morning, then had to grocery shop after it and finally had an appointment with one of my tutoring students this afternoon. Once I got home, time was short and inspiration even shorter. I started doing some more blind contour faces but I wasn't feeling those. I tried some simple, stylized faces but those still suck pretty bad. I was sitting here, trying to figure out what to draw with Facebook open. Then one of my friends posted a picture of a bowlful of tomatoes that she just picked in anticipation of a freeze tonight. Then inspiration struck! I'll draw those tomatoes. And here they are. This was a quick drawing done with pen...no pencil undersketch. So, it's kinda wonky, especially the bowl but I kinda think it looks like the tomatoes are so heavy that they are pushing the bowl over. I do like the looseness of the coloring. This was a fun sketch to do. I really like it.
I am really enjoying drawing these blind contour faces...much more than trying to draw them "for real". I decided today to use white ink on black paper. I think they are so interesting to look at. I like that they make me slow down while drawing but I'm finding that my eyes and hand aren't moving at the same rate so I need to be more mindful of keeping them on pace. For the other picture, I decided to do some continuous line drawings of some random reference pictures I had laying around. These weren't blind because I could look at the page while drawing but theses types of drawings are made with one continuous line. I'll admit I did pick up the pen a few times on the bicycle but really only where the tires pass behind the frame. I like the wonkiness of these kind of drawings.
Ok, so I'm a day early for Dia De Los Muertos but this was what I was inspired to create today. I've never done anything like this. I freehanded the skull and it's kinda wonky but at least it's obvious what it's supposed to be. I used Kuretake Brush Writer pens for the coloring. I really like them. I end up using them like watercolors blending the colors with waterbrushes. I really enjoy the effect. Anyway, Happy Halloween!!
I'm so happy that today's project offering is so much better than yesterday's! I was cruising around a blog from one of the Sketchbook Skool fakulty (yes, that's how it's spelled), Koosje Koene. She had a video on creating a watercolor background and then drawing something over it. I decided to give this a try. I did a wet-on-wet technique, wetting the page first with clean water and then brushing on various colors of watercolor including a couple shades of green, yellow and blue. Then I let it dry completely. As always, I insist on using paper that is not designed for wet media so some of the paper pilled and came up as I was working with the watercolor but I don't really care. I almost think that it creates a different texture on the page than if I'd used water tolerant paper. Anyway, I let it dry and then decided to draw a vintage-style bicycle. Once the black inking was done, I colored it with colored pencils. Finally, I used silver gel pen for the exposed metal parts and white gel pen for the highlights. I really like how this turned out. I love how expressive the background is but I also love that it isn't representative of anything. I'll definitely be doing this technique again!
My friend, Heath, posted this picture of his French Bulldog, Dodger, on Facebook last week. It was so cute, I just couldn't resist it. I have an idea that I want to do with all of my many pictures of Kagero but I haven't really done any dog drawings yet so I wanted to start somewhere. I think what I liked most about this image was the contrast between the dog's body and the brown chair. I think I thought that somehow would make it easier to get the lines down. And I do think it helped. I really had fun with this one. I kept the outside more simple than the reference image because I didn't want all of that to compete with the dog. I wasn't really sure how to do the coloring on the chair so I just did the best I could. I'm using Zig Kuretake's Brush Writer pens that contain liquid ink and it doesn't like to stay put, especially since I seem to insist on using paper not intended for wet media. I think, though that it turned out ok..I like it!
I saw this slice of pie in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living and couldn't resist drawing it. I'd love to make and eat it but I think my cholesterol is increasing just looking at the image that I can't imagine what it'll be if I were to actually eat it (it's of a slice of chocolate mousse pie with phyllo dough crust)! I decided to include the reference image for this one because Oscar had no idea what this was supposed to be although his interpretation was very intriguing. It was much harder to depict the flaky crust than I thought it would be but I gave it a solid go. I am enjoying the practice of seeing and drawing everyday, even when it's tricky or doesn't come out "right". But really, there is no right or wrong in art so that voice can just shut the hell up. I'm happy that I'm trying and I do think I'm getting much better at this drawing thing, even if they don't always look how I think they should look. For this one, the reference image looks super yummy...mine less so but still a good attempt!
I couldn't figure out what to draw today. Some days I either wake up with an idea or it comes to me pretty quickly but today wasn't one of those days and I just couldn't figure it out! Then I found myself stressing myself out by over thinking it but then it hit me., just sketch what is right in front of me...my feet :). I used a blue-grey Kuretake Brush Writer brush pen which has water soluble ink. I am simply in love with this pen right now. I love the color so much and I love how the line has so much variation but that I can also create shading and shadows with the same ink using a waterbrush. I think feet are pretty gross but I like this pic.
Two in-progress pieces today. I started the long one first thing but the paint needs to be fully dry before I finish it so I figured it would be best to give it a full day to dry...and I didn't feel like holding the hair dryer over it. The diamonds page in my sketchbook (well, the other is in my sketchbook, too...I have like 45 or something :)...is also in progress as I intend to paint each diamond. I started on this one too late in the afternoon before my coaching/tutoring student appointments to get it finished and I don't feel like working on it now so I'll finish it tomorrow. I'm really enjoying this sketchbook stuff. A new lesson opens tomorrow for Sketchbook Skool so I'm super excited about what's coming next but I'm really pleased with what's happening in my sketchbooks so far. I've never been much of a sketchbook person, never really saw much value in "goofing" around in a sketchbook when there was "real" art to make but I've made some really beautiful art in these books so far and I think some of them I'm going to make again in a larger format but I'm also really seeing the value in having a place to play and experiment. It's so much easier to just turn the page when something isn't really working. Yay for sketchbooks!