Goodbye April, Hello May

What happened to the month of April?! Oh well, here’s a catch up post of my sketching endeavors over the past month or so:

Egret - Water

A sketch to practice drawing/painting water inspired by a photo I took on a  trip in Florida.

Hiking in Nevada (tree sketch)

A sketch to practice drawing trees inspired by a photo I took on a trip to Las Vegas.

Ink Blots

A new semester of Sketchbook Skool started! This assignment had us turn random ink blots into something from our imagination. 

Twingley HW

This assignment had us turn our weekly sketches into a collage. 

Blind contours 1

The second week of klass had us practicing blind contour portrait sketches…very tricky!

Blind contours 2

More blind contour portraits. 

Siqua Big Head

This assignment had us draw a portrait sketch with a big head & a small body. I had so much fun drawing my dog Siqua!

Brian

Here’s one of my husband which started as a big head portrait but turned into a regular portrait, oh well. I stuck to the teacher’s color scheme of yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, & cerulean blue (which was my substitute since I didn’t have prussian blue). It was really tough to only use 3 colors & I was panicking about half way through, but I kept pressing on & I’m really happy with the result! I think this is my favorite portrait sketch ever. 🙂

Well, that’s a wrap until next time!

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Sketchbook Skool: Kourse 1.1 Week #6

Recap of week #6 (Better late than never!):

  • Teacher: Tommy Kane
  • Theme: Allow other artists to influence you while developing your own style. Learn to love your mistakes. Never tear or throw out a drawing. Draw in slow motion to capture extra details. Add colored pencil to watercolor for more depth & details.
  • Homework: Draw your kitchen in slow motion (try to devote at least 3-4 hours) & capture as much detail as possible. Then, try coloring the sketch with watercolor & colored pencils.
  • My reaction:
    • Wow, where do I start?! Tommy Kane has been a huge inspiration through his dedication to the Sketchbook Skool students (literally commenting on every sketch & answering every question posted) and giving us permission to embrace our mistakes & unique styles. At first, I was very intimidated by his super detailed sketches as well as the complexity & time commitment of the homework assignment. In fact, I developed a case of “page fright” which resulted in a late start on my kitchen sketch (which I still haven’t painted…). Once I finally started my kitchen sketch, things were actually going smoothly to my surprise…a little too smoothly. I had a couple of hours under my belt, the sketch was getting more detailed by the minute, I was on a roll…& then it happened…I made a mistake. I forgot about the stove vent & I had already drawn the cabinet next to it. You know what happens next, right? Feelings of panic & discouragement started to bubble up inside me & I had the urge to quit…but I heard Tommy’s voice in my head telling me to love my mistakes so I kept going, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve spent a total of 6 hours on this sketch so far & I love it so much that I’m afraid to paint it now!
  • More Tommy Kane Awesomeness:
    • He published his first book which I ordered & its amazing! Check it out: An Excuse to Draw: Tommy Kane Sketches the World
    • There was somewhat of a frenzy of Sketchbook Skool students drawing portraits of Tommy Kane just for fun. He fell in love with the portraits & requested more with a promise to feature the portraits in his next book! So, after overcoming another bout of “page fright”, I sketched my own rendition of Tommy & whisked it off to him!

My sketches for week #6:

Phase 1: Kitchen sketch after about 1 hour of sketching.

Phase 1: Kitchen sketch after about 1 hour of sketching.

Phase 2: A little over 2 hours into my kitchen sketch! After the stove vent mistake...

Phase 2: A little over 2 hours into my kitchen sketch! After the stove vent mistake…

Phase 3: I've clocked over 3 hours so far!

Phase 3: I’ve clocked over 3 hours so far!

Phase 4: Calling it quits on the pen work after about 6 hours, I was starting to get kind of "fussy" with it. Hopefully I can start adding color soon. Starting to amaze myself...

Phase 4: Calling it quits on the pen work after about 6 hours, I was starting to get kind of “fussy” with it. Hopefully I can start adding color soon. Starting to amaze myself…

My portrait practice page on the left & my finished Tommy Kane portrait on the right.

My portrait practice page on the left & my finished Tommy Kane portrait on the right.

What’s your PSR (“Personal Sketching Record”)? I think mine is this 6 hour kitchen sketch! Do you have any tips to share about drawing portraits (I especially struggle with noses)?