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 love when I get these drawings done early...more time for other stuff! I LOVE ballet. I have these pointe shoes as decoration (never made it long enough to go en pointe myself). I've tried to draw them on several other occasions with disastrous results. I decided this time to try the same technique I used with the bamboo plant last week...laying down the color (in gouache) and then drawing the lines of the shoes after it was dry (I left out the ribbons this time). They are still pretty wonky (as seems to be part of my style) and I'll probably do them again (and again?) but I rather like how they came out this time! I'm really enjoying this technique. I'm considering doing a series using it. Do I just want to make the technique itself as the unifying factor in the series or should I do a particular subject matter theme? Tell me what you think in the comments!
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.
Today was such a busy day. It started with my physical (fun, fun...), then ran a few errands, then one of my coaching students, and finally making and eating dinner. Therefore, there wasn't much time to draw so I had to come up with something. I grabbed one of Sachiko Umoto's adorable Illustration School ("Let's Draw Cute Animals") books and got to work on some dogs and cats. They're simple but cute. I need to play with them to make them my own.
The Sketchbook Skool homework for the rest of the week is to document your life. I wasn't sure what to do today as it's a pretty uneventful day. Then I looked to my left on the sofa and there sat this book (one of like 300 I'm currently reading) and I was inspired to draw it. This book is also written by one of the founders of Sketchbook Skool so it made even more sense to draw it. I had to edit how I drew the cover because I didn't pay close attention to the "landmarks" of my drawing and started making the details too large and couldn't fit everything in. I still like it, though :) I'm really impressed with my copying of the font!
My Sketchbook Skool klass (yes, I spelled these right!) started on Friday and I finally got to watch the videos last night. I just love Danny Gregory. Not only do I love his artwork but I could just listen to him for days. His voice is so soothing and calm! Today was the first day I had a chance to work on the first drawing assignment, which was to draw something meaningful. I considered drawing some of Kagero's toys but I'm just not ready for that yet and I didn't want to spend the time in tears. Instead, I created a still life with my decorative pumpkin and a couple of leaves I picked up at my friend Cindy's house yesterday because. 9The reference photo on the left isn't exactly the perspective I had while drawing but it's close.0 Autumn is my favorite season and, therefore, is very meaningful to me. As always, I'm not going for strict realism, just my impression of the objects. Danny does a lot of writing to accompany his drawings in his sketchbooks but I'm just not that interested in writing but that could be because my hand lettering leaves much to be desired at this point (I'm planning to work on this!), so I left the space to the right open. Maybe I'll go back and add writing later. I do love how this came together and I'm so excited to see what comes next in this klass!
I have a lovely friend who has hired me to teach her how to draw/paint etc. For today's lesson, I drew a quick line drawing for each of us of a pond with waterlilies, lily pads and a koi. The lesson today included my techniques for using the Inktense blocks to color, create shading/shadows etc. Here's my piece from our lesson. I kinda love it!
Just a short post today. I haven't had time yet to watch the Sketchbook Skool videos for this week so I'm off to do that. Probably will have something from that to post tomorrow!