Sunday, October 14, 2018

Still On a Roll Sketching

I figure I'll run out of steam before too long with all the sketching I'm doing; but, in the meantime, I'm going with it until the next slump or "recharge" period hits.

Anytime I'm out near the water, I'm always drawn to cypress knees.  Love when seeing them in large groups as it just looks like people standing around or walking along the base of the trees.  And because there are always large and small grouped together, it reminds me of families.

While sitting at my desk, I decided to sketch a portion of a bookshelf near by.  I set up a small bookshelf to hold my finished journals....separating them from all the "work in progress" journals I have on another shelving unit behind me.  I chose to sketch part of the bottom shelf that only had a few items on it like art DVDs.  I wasn't sure how I would approach the crystal bowl with blue aquarium rocks and as I sketched, decided to just suggest it. 

2018 Inktober - Days 12 - 14

I was in the mood to sketch trees so for two of my days, that is what I worked on.  One with a bit of imagination and one more realistic.

The Cicada was out on our front porch and thought would be great subject to sketch following the trees.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Today's Ballpoint Sketches - Bear and Brown Anole

So far I've tried using the custom ballpoint pen and a cheap PaperMate stick pen.  The custom ballpoint with the refill in it may be great for writing but not so much for sketching as it seems to skip easily on some paper surfaces when sketching.  The PaperMate is a darker ink and so far seems to work just fine on paper surfaces I've used.  The only thing I have to be careful of are slight tiny blobs which do not occur very often.

This is worked in the Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with the PaperMate.  Using only pen and ink.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Days 10 and 11

Still working my Inktober sketches using Procreate.

This Was Fun and Relaxing - Ballpoint Sketching

I may have to rethink my use of fountain pens or even microns.  Where I hesitate wanting to sketch directly with either of those two type pens, I'm finding with a ballpoint, I am much more relaxed enjoying the process.  I'll have to play a bit but maybe can work the two together (ballpoint plus other type of pens).  Just not sure how oil based and dye based inks will work together as I'm still trying to understand the make-up of various inks.

I love the softness of the ballpoint.  I love the fact one can go very light and then go back darker once the initial lines are put down on paper.  The lighter lines are easy to cover and blend in even if off a bit as the drawing progresses and corrections made.  I love the soft building of values as well.  The variation in value is a major plus.  Next best thing to working with graphite and without the smudging :-D

This is using a cheap PaperMate stick 1.0 m pen with black ink.  I felt fine jumping in with the pen and throughout the drawing process.  I could probably take this further but think I'll stop here.  And I MAY take color to it but for now leaving as is.

There are some areas with little tiny blobs or pooling of ink when touching point to paper and that happened even after wiping on a paper towel.  I guess that's the one thing one has to work with using ballpoint and oil based ink (from what I'm understanding and seeing first hand).  I can handle that little bit.  Will have to experiment with different ballpoints and brands to see if one brand or type is more problematic than the other.

Worked in the Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 9 and Extra

Inktober - Day 9

Ballpoint in Fabriano Venezia sketchbook - worked last night.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Days 6 - 8 Plus Extra

Here are those sketches for Inktober........days 6, 7, and 8.

This one is working in the Fabriano Venezia sketchbook using the Green Fude which I believe is 55 degree angle bent nib.  I find it awkward to handle compared to the Blue which is at a 40 degree angle.

Also worked in the Venezia sketchbook using a Sharpie pen.

I tend to avoid grabbing this sketchbook because of a promise I made not to use pencil before ink (in this particular sketchbook).  No matter how many times, how many challenges I work with straight on pen and ink, I'm still not comfortable doing so.  I guess as a positive..............if I want a more spontaneous and looser look, then leave the pencil out of  However, on the negative side of that.......I don't really enjoy the process as I'm on edge the entire time my pen moves across the paper surface........often with shaky fingers that can show in my line work.  When using pencil first, I feel free and more at ease to then grab the ink pen making smoother lines.

Many say the more I do it, the more confident I'll feel.  You'd think after the last several years my challenging myself to pen/ink only, I'd start feeling that confidence.  Hmmmm......not happening yet.

This one is worked on Fabriano Artistico Soft 140 lb paper.  It's one of the gnomes in my fairy garden I recently set up.  The actual figurine holds a sign saying welcome but I chose to change it in my illustration.  And as a change of pace, I used an angular flat for painting rather than a round I normally grab.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 5 and Other

Today's inktober sketch and two others I've completed.

Inktober - Day 5

Other sketches completed:

The frog is a trinket I have and decided to add a bit of creativity with the sketching supplies added.

Found three feathers outside by the car and worked this sketch adding beads for a little more interest.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inktober 2018 Days 1-4

I've decided to go again this year with the Inktober Challenge.  This year's will be using the Procreate drawing/paint app on the Ipad (as I did last year).  I'm still trying to hone my skills with digital sketching with the brush tools I tend to favor.

When complete, I plan to print off and place in one of my fabric artist travel sketchbooks held together by the elastic bands.

Some of what I plan to do will be those prompts that jump out at me from the Inktober 2018 prompt list.  The remaining are just ideas that hit me and what interests me most.

Main Tool Brushes Used:

Fine - mainly for hatching
Technical - main sketch
Studio - when I need to emphasize an area or want to use pressure sensitive for line thickness and small areas of solid fill.
Stipple - shading or filling in an area without it being solid black.  Also pressure sensitive producing lighter and darker dots.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Coming Into October - Lone Oak

This is one I worked last night thinking ahead with October and  a sketchcrawl scheduled for the 30th at Lone Oak Cemetery that we've been to twice before. 

This tree is one that always catches my attention when visiting with the few markers that sit below it.  Love the face I see in the trunk.

Procreate HB pencil tool.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More Hands Practice

I am really enjoying this little challenge as each pose offers a unique challenge for me.

I'm using either the B carbon or the 2B carbon pencils with little to no erasures.  I'm trying to "correct" as I go leaving the marks in place.

I love the 2B but the side of my hand picks the carbon up easily and then re-transfers on the paper surface :-(  I could spray it but not sure how well this paper will handle the spray with as thin as it is.  I've seen where the spray can turn some toned papers a strange color and the sketch on the other side show through more.

Hooded Merganser

This is from another photo that Mickey Phelps generously shared with me to sketch from.  This one I decided to go with color.

Used the waterbrush, round, and airbrush medium tools.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sketching from Photos Provided by Mickey Phelps

There is a Facebook group I follow called Legacy Nature Trails.  It is located on the other side of Leesburg and this group is made up of those folks who live in the gated community called Legacy.  Within this area are ponds and a nature trail the residents love to walk and take photos of the flora and fauna they encounter.

Often I see photos shared that I absolutely love and I'll write the person asking permission to sketch from their photos.  One such person is Mickey Phelps.  Yesterday he shared a group of photos taken of these ducks I've never seen before.

With kind permission, here are two of my sketches of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks.  I found them quite intriguing.

After I shared these with Mr. Phelps, he sent me another photo of one of their resident Bald Eagles.  A beautiful shot of this magnificent bird in flight.

This one was way more complicated due to all the detail in the wing.  My mind has trouble with a lot of detail because I want to include it all......having trouble seeing past all the detail for general shapes.  Being the case, this next one I thought best to use the grid method.  Even with that I found myself getting lost with wing detail and what went in which one inch  BUT, I stuck with it taking four hours to complete.

Using grid and 6B for line work and "color" 

Adding a background on separate layer should I decide to print off just the eagle to glue in one of my journal books and print of my digital work I keep in an Itoya presentation book.

The process:

Working with Hands

One of my dearest friends mentioned hating to draw hands and it got me to thinking about the fact I tend to hesitate in wanting to draw them too.  Not as much as she does and that's only because I've practiced in the past and not as intimidated by them.  Thought it was time to practice some more with various hand poses.

I first sketched these on the Ipad......

Then I decided to make a little pamphlet using newsprint paper and will dedicate it to 24 pages (front and back with more hands).  May also do this for feet which I've not had much practice with.

I'm using the Wolff's Carbon pencil B grade.

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