I few months back I added “The Urban Sketcher” by Marc Taro Holmes to my library. The book contains a self-directed urban sketching workshop. I had to put it aside due to other workshop commitments. However, early this week Marc Holmes launched an online workshop “Sketching People in Motion” with Craftsy. There is a section in his book on Sketching People in Motion so the workshop is a great companion to the book. Once you sign up with Craftsy it is yours for life. You can go back and review the videos at any time. You can play them on an Ipad and even play them in slow motion so you can watch Marc sketch. If you are interested in sketching people I highly recommend the book and workshop.
Last weekend we went to Portland to work on our boat – ‘Renata’. It had stopped raining. We spend the weekend on the ‘Margaritaville’, our other boat, while Dwight, my husband installed an engine panel in the ‘Renata’. I was excited to finally get out to sketch. Unfortunately when the rain stops the fog moves in and it was darn right cold. I am not sure how many times I have sketched the items that collect on the a small table in the boat. This time I found a mirror and decided to do just one more ‘Selfie’. Yes I was getting blue in the face from the cold!
Although I don’t post everyday, I do draw everyday. This week it has been a return to Selfies. This Selfie, or self portrait, is a an exercise from Sketchbook School BootKamp. This is a free online course available to artists who have completed the first three sessions of Sketchbook Skool in 2014. This week we are revisiting drawing a Selfie using Fast & Slow, a technique Danny Gregory, one of the founders of Sketchbook Skool, showed us in an earlier session. The other founder of Sketchbook Skool, Koosje Koene introduced drawing Selfies in an earlier session. Yes, a somewhat serious face. I really need to hold a smile while I draw.
These are two Selfies from earlier in the week. Yes, one and the same person.
With opportunities to sketch. I spent the week in court with a sketchbook in hand.
It was not like in the movies! The lawyers sat down while they questioned people. So lots of views of the back of heads. The judge had a giant computer screen up front. The jury was in front and to the side. None the less I did some sketching, it helped relieve the stress of court. The lawyers were supportive of me sketching. I guess I could go back and add color. However, I have closed the sketchbook. I relate color to happiness. It will remain as is.
Sometimes you can get sketching overload. At the moment I am working through two online courses at the same time. I enrolled in SketchingNow Foundations with Liz Steel and then Sketchbook Skool was kind enough to offer members who had participated in the first three semesters a new course – Boot Kamp. This course will set two assignments each week. I like to stay on top of things with these courses and to give an online course a100%. So it is a balancing act!
One thing that really helps me to get started are warm up exercises after my morning coffee. The first being a blind contour drawing and then I follow up with point to point contour drawings. Usually my blind contour drawings resemble scribble. This week I recognized one – my hand
The next one is of left hand holding a pen. I tried two version.
Lesson 8 of SketchingNow Foundations focus is balancing line and color. Do you prefer to do a very detailed sketch providing some of the value changes with crosshatching or do you prefer less line allowing watercolor to provide the value changes.
I believe I sit somewhere in between. I tend to put more details in my sketches. I will try to break the lines to open up the sketch. I really don’t like a lot of crosshatching with most of my watercolor sketches. I do like doing cross hatching when I am working in pen and ink. Tommy Kane, Paul Heaston and Steven Reddy are some of my favorite artists. They all do very detailed pen and ink sketches. It really is what works for you and not the person next to you.
First part of this lesson is an article of clothing. It is winter here in Oregon so I choose my winter jacket or should I say jackets! I started out with the rose colored Eddie Bauer jacket and then decided the blue L.L. Bean jacket was more interesting. Eight blue jacket sketches later I returned to the rose colored jacket. The blue jacket was challenging. However, I will post the best of the bunch.