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!


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!


Sketchbook Tour #1

I love flipping back through my sketches, observing my progress, & reminiscing over the memories captured. I hope you enjoy this little “tour” of my first completed sketchbook!

Off the Beaten Path

If you’re anything like me, the thought of urban sketching gives you a little twinge in your stomach. Where will I go? What will I sketch? Will people notice me sketching? What will they think? Thanks to Sketchbook Skool that twinge in my stomach is starting to get weaker over time.

Here’s a little story about a recent urban sketching experience I had to fulfill an assignment for Sketchbook Skool.

Assignment: Do an urban sketch with a strong focal point & minimal color.

I was on the road coming back from a video shoot for work & decided to go on a little lunch adventure. I drove right past all of the fast food chains on the highway & took the exit for Circleville, Ohio. I’ve only been there once or twice for their famous annual pumpkin festival. I had a tasty tuna salad croissant sandwich & some coffee at a charming little place called Scioto Valley Coffee while I did a quick sketch of the view out of the window.

Scioto Valley Coffee Sketch

Share your favorite urban sketching adventure in the comments!

Materials used:

  • New sketchbook I got for Christmas from my mom 🙂 (Artist’s Loft brand 6in x 8in)
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (XS & S)
  • Winsor & Newton watercolors
  • Pentel waterbrushes

Big Hug Mug

Our third assignment for Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp challenged us to lay down a bright watercolor wash & then add a colored pencil sketch on top of it. I decided to sketch my favorite coffee mug which I’ve had for about 22 years! It was given to me as a gift from my hospital nurses to calm my nerves during an overnight stay when I was about 7 years old.

Big Hug Mug

What’s the story behind your favorite coffee mug?

Materials used:

  • New sketchbook I got for Christmas from my mom 🙂 (Artist’s Loft brand 6in x 8in)
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S)
  • Winsor & Newton watercolors
  • Prismacolor colored pencils

Dinero, Dough, Moolah, Bucks…

Sketchbook Skool Bootkampers are “making it rain” this week with their money still life sketches! Here’s mine:


For a long scary moment I stared at Mr. Lincoln’s face & contemplated sketching the front side of the bill, but ultimately decided I wasn’t up for it. So, I flipped it over & sketched the back instead. As I spent nearly two hours doing the pen sketch I was amazed by all of the tiny details I had never noticed on the bill. Can you spot the tiny #70?

Materials used:

  • New sketchbook I got for Christmas from my mom 🙂 (Artist’s Loft brand 6in x 8in)
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (S & XS)
  • Winsor & Newton watercolors
  • Pentel waterbrush pens

An Apple a Day…

Sketchbook Skool Bootcamp just started for us “three-timers” (students who have taken all three semesters so far). The first assignment challenged us to draw a still life of an apple to show the progression of eating it. I can’t think of a better way to get in my daily dose of fruit!

Here’s my sketch before I painted it:

BW Apples

I was worried that I got too carried away with the crosshatching, but I think it turned out ok in the end. Here’s my sketch after I painted it:

Color Apples

The apple was tasty & I’m really happy with my sketch, especially the fact that I managed to keep some of those pesky white highlights in certain places!