After several miserably cold days, today was in the 50's, and although the sun disappeared by the time I managed to get out to sketch, it was still pleasant enough to sit out to do this small sketch at our local wildlife center.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
The amaryllis has been fully open for a couple of days now, and it's just so lovely! I wish there was a way to show all four flowers at the same time! As you can see, there is a new bud pressing close from underneath. I've never had this happen before. Usually the second shoot waits until the first one has died off before coming up. It looks like the new one will be looking for space to open up. I may have to lop off the first one before it's really ready to go. Will I be documenting the second blooms also? Only time will tell.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Yesterday my son and daughter-in-law went to see one of the last showings of "Evita" on Broadway. They took some photos outside the theater, and I thought this one would make a good sketch. The billboards were sort of out of focus, so I didn't have to worry too much about accuracy.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I was trying to decide whether to sketch the amaryllis again, when I looked over at my kitchen table and saw the shadows made by the amaryllis, my poinsettia, and my vertical blinds. It looked like a great subject for a sketch. I'm a day behind, so even though I did this one today, it's really "yesterday's" sketch.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I just had to do at least one with added watercolor. My Flexi-Sketch sketchbook is not the best for watercolor though. The paper buckled a bit which will make sketching on the reverse side a bit more difficult. Also, I found that all hatching with the pen should be done before adding the watercolor for best results.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
These are a couple of "continuous line" (contour drawings) faces. I had seen some of these on Pat Howard's blog and hers looked really cool and it looked like a lot of fun. Well, they are NOT as easy as it looks. LOL! But I like the idea of learning to draw faces this way, so I will be doing some more of them from time to time.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I sketched a Valentine kiosk, and an almost lifesize poster in the window of Victorias' Secret. I had trouble with the hands of the model on the poster, but luckily the lettering covered up some of it.
One or all of these sketches will count for Day 32 of the 75 day sketch challenge.
Today is Sketchcrawl #38. I did a solo crawl indoors at Paramus Park Mall. I've done outdoor sketchcrawls in January and they are NOT fun! I started out with breakfast at McDonalds, and then sketched the people at the table in front of me. I sketched the "Wild Turkey" sculpture in the food court, and sat at the entrance to Sears and sketched the Lands' End sale. I sketched a man waiting for his wife. I liked the decorative tree with strings of lights and hanging red and pink ornaments.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
My amaryllis has started to open, and I can see a tiny sliver of the red flower peeking out. The stalk has grown so tall that my meager efforts at staking it are barely adequate to hold it straight and keep the plant from toppling over.
I know this sketch can't top the sketch of Riley from yesterday, but I wanted to document this stage of the amaryllis before it opens fully in a couple of days.
Micron 05 pens in sepia, green and red.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Today five of my grandkids were visiting. I set them up with paints and paper, thinking that I would be able to sketch without worrying about them moving too much. Wrong! Justin found about 1,000 positions to move his arms, hands and face. I ended up making his head too big, or his arms too small. I will have to try this again next time they visit.
Friday, January 11, 2013
A few years ago my sister Joan brought me a cool glass dip pen from her trip to Italy. I had intended to learn how to use it then, but I put it away and forgot about it. When I started this challenge, I knew that I would have to practice with it, so today I got it out and made a few marks to see how it felt, and then did a couple of little sketches.