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 #5

Recap of week #5:

  • Teacher: Roz Stendahl
  • Theme: Sketchbooks can be workbooks for your brain. Journaling can be a dynamic, life-long habit. Be your primary audience. You don’t need fancy/expensive materials to do great work. “There are no snow days in sketching.” Techniques for animal sketching. Stop before you start getting “fussy” with your sketch. Go with the flow and let your pages be messy! Keep it fun!
  • Homework: Draw the sketching materials that you’re currently using & consider if it’s time to pare down your gear. Sketch some animals!
  • My reaction:
    • Sketching materials: I use a black Swiss Army messenger bag to carry my sketching supplies which currently include (some are featured in my sketch below): 
      • Canson Mixed Media sketchbook (5.25in X 8.25in). This is my main sketchbook that I’m working in.
      • Strathmore sketchbook (3.5in X 5in). I use this one for testing paint colors or practicing a certain part of a sketch, etc.
      • A roll-up brush holder containing a variety of paintbrushes.
      • My Winsor & Newton compact watercolor set. I like the compact size of this set because its easy to take with me when I’m out & about. I’m still using the original pans which are a little limited but it has taught me how to mix colors.
      • Three Pentel water brush pens (small, medium, & large sizes). I’ve only used these once so far & it didn’t go very well. I really want to learn how to use these better, I just need to practice more.
      • An assortment of Prismacolor colored pencils from the big set that I’ve had since high school. I enjoyed reuniting with these colored pencils during Koosje’s klass. However, I’m not sure if I’ll keep them in the kit since I mostly use pen & watercolor paint.
      • One mechanical pencil that I consider to be forbidden…in fact the only reason I added it to my kit was to make my grid for Jane’s klass.
      • One big white eraser…also forbidden…also added for Jane’s klass. The mechanical pencil & eraser will probably be removed from the kit.
      • My two new Faber-Castell PITT artists pens that I bought at the beginning of Sketchbook Skool. This has been my favorite type of pen to sketch with for a few years now. I like the quality of the line they make & the fact that they’re not water soluble.
      • An assortment of older Faber-Castell PITT artists pens & Sakura Micron pens in sepia that I used a lot in the past.
      • A pencil sharpener for the colored pencils.
      • I need to add some sort of cloth or rag to use for cleaning brushes, etc.
    • Animal sketching: I LOVE animals and they’ve always been a big part of my life. In fact, at any given time during my childhood we practically had a small petting zoo at my mom’s house including: sheep, goats, rabbits, cats, dogs, ducks, turkeys, rats, a pig, a turtle, and a horse. Every time a stray animal would wander onto our property, whether it was a cat, a toad, or a snake, I would beg my mom to let me keep it as a pet. I even saved a chipmunk from one of our barn cats and “rehabilitated” it for a few weeks before releasing it back into the wild! Ok, so you get the picture, I love animals. So, you would think that I would be ecstatic about sketching animals, right? Nope, I was mostly just nervous. I decided to use my dog and cat as my subjects for the sake of convenience, which ended up not being very convenient after all. I kept waiting for them to be asleep for me to sketch them…it just seemed like whenever I had some free time to sketch, they weren’t asleep. Finally, my cat, Eva, settled in for a nap and I wasn’t preoccupied with anything so the sketching began. When I first started the sketch of Eva I had a view of her side profile which I started near the top left of the page but then she moved so I adjusted accordingly. She was laying on the ottoman/stool in my living room which I tried to sketch underneath her with some crosshatching techniques I had recently learned…I’ll keep practicing and try to expand to other subjects. Animal sketching is not my area of expertise but practice makes perfect!

My sketches from week #5:

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My sketch of my sketching materials.

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Before Sketchbook Skool I would’ve freaked out when my cat suddenly moved mid-sketch & I probably would’ve quit or started over on another page! I love how Roz Stendahl taught us to just go with the flow when we’re sketching animals & let our pages be messy!

Do you have any pets? I would love to hear about them! Do you enjoy sketching animals, and if so, do you have any tips of your own to share?