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.
I'm not giving up on this face/people sketching thing. There's a teacher in Sketchbook Skool who has a great and simple style of drawing people. I'm hoping that following his example will help me develop my skills. Again, I'm not going for realism, just likeness. I don't know if you can tell the likeness of the person in this picture...I've got more practice to do but I like this one better than the last two people drawings/sketches I've done this past week. It's Marilyn Monroe, BTW.
Argh...I'm so sick of making crappy sketches of people. I really want to be able to quickly sketch people and at least get their essence (but not super real likenesses) but I feel like I have so far to go to get there. I keep trying, though, so I guess that's what matters, right? I'm not brave enough yet to venture out and sketch people in real life (don't want to piss people off with crappy sketches of them) so I found a picture in a magazine to work from. This is the result. I do actually like the face a little bit. I think I got the basic features down in quick scribbles but I definitely need more practice!
I'm just over 5 months into this endeavor. I really have no idea when it will end. I know lots of people have been doing year-long projects and I get how that makes sense. I might do that but I'm not sure yet. It's definitely still helping me to produce something each day but I definitely need to push myself even more. I'm starting to think I might want to start having themed weeks. I'm really enjoying working in my sketchbook but I would like to start producing works I can potentially show and sell and it would be really helpful to have series of works for this. I think I'm going to start with the ink drawings on the watercolor backgrounds. I just need to figure out what to draw!
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.
Today was a super busy day! Oscar had the day off (yay!) so we buzzed around town trying to get the finishing stuff for his Halloween costume. There wasn't any time during the day to do any drawing and tonight I went to an artist's talk event where artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon was the guest speaker. I did take my sketchbook and pens to this event (I thought it was supposed to be a sketch exchange but that didn't actually happen at this event) so I was prepared to kill time and there was time to kill while waiting for it to start. I opted to be different from pretty much everyone who wasn't chatting with someone and not be on my phone and sketch instead. I actually did three pages but this is the one I'm choosing for today's contribution to my daily art project. I'm disappointed that there wasn't any sketchbook exchanging because I had psyched myself up for sharing but Lisa's talk was great, very inspiring. I can't wait to read her book, "Art, Inc". I feel so much better about what's been happening in my sketchbook but also feel like she gave me permission to do so much more (you'd think I wouldn't need permission but...) I haven't had time today to watch the videos for week 1 of Sketchbook Skool so I can't report back on that yet but I'm so excited to start on it tomorrow! Today's sketch started with the big snails, then the little snails on the ground, then the grass, then I drew in the mushroom and finally the little snail on top of the mushroom. I didn't do any planning for this one, hence the hum drum composition with the focal point being smack in the middle of the page but whatever, I think it's cute. I drew this with my new Kuretake brush pen #8. OMG....I think I'm in love with this pen!! Have a good night!
Finished the coloring/painting of yesterday's breakfast. I feel like I should have colored the background/table/wall and I might go back and add in a little color but I'm not sure what colors to use. It's wonky but I'm really starting to like my wonky drawings/sketches. I can't wait for Sketchbook Skool starting tomorrow!!!
No rest for the wicked...ly creative (did you see what I did there? ;) ). My hand is much better today than I expected given how much it hurt yesterday. Today's work is a line drawing in my sketchbook of breakfast. I was planning to do the color/painting today but there just isn't enough time before bed to do it justice so I'll just leave it for tomorrow.
I'm super excited that Sketchbook Skool starts this Friday. I can't wait to learn how to do this sketching thing better. I'm also going to a sketch exchange on Friday night where Lisa Congdon will be speaking. I've never done one of these events so I'm really nervous. It's just like the name suggests...artists go and exchange sketchbooks, looking at and drawing in each other's books. I've obviously shared openly here but not really in person with anyone except my husband, let alone other artists. Plus, I'm super introverted and I'm going alone so I'm really nervous. But I have to break out of my reclusivness sometime and find a community...and hear Lisa Congdon speak!! If you don't know who she is, you can find more of her work here: http://lisacongdon.com/ Oh so many things to be excited about this week!!!
No, not a tawdry love affair but a love affair with my art supplies! Especially my Derwent Inktense blocks. I just love these things. I talked about how I use them on yesterday's post. As I was falling asleep last night, I had the brilliant idea to sketch them for today's contribution to my daily art project (and for once I actually remembered an idea I had while falling asleep!). So, here they are in all their 72 vibrant colors. I also included a couple of my Derwent waterbrushes. You'd think I was hawking Derwent products but I'm not getting any kickbacks...I just love them!!!
I'm posting earlier than usual and I'll probably keep working tonight on more sketches but I'd also like to do some reading so I wanted to get something posted for today's creation just in case this is it for the day. Creating value changes using gray shading and color shading is one of my favorite parts of making art. Another way to create value changes is with hatching (and cross-hatching) and since this is a fundamental/basic skill, I've resisted learning how to do it well. So, I did a little practicing using cross-hatching to create volume, shading and shadows on a bunch of mugs. I could use more practice, I think...
I gotta admit I'm really enjoying working in my sketchbook. While I like the freedom of my "no rules" daily art project, I'm thinking it might be helpful to add a little structure to it by requiring myself to create that daily art piece in my sketchbook and then work on the other ideas separately. I've been really interested in keeping a sketchbook and getting better at sketching in general. I've bought some books to build my sketching skills but I'm thinking a course or two would make it easier to learn. So, I'm super jazzed to have signed up for Sketchbook Skool starting on 10/10. I can't wait for it to start so I'm not going to wait, I'm going to keep sketching like I have the last few days and then I'll post about my experiences and progress with Sketchbook Skool once it starts. I can't wait to see what I'm capable of!!