Moving into a new year

Well it is here – 2015.  Time to close off a few sketchbooks and start some new ones.  I have a new daily sketchbook, a Canson Mixed Media. – 7 x 10 inches.   This is my old standby, inexpensive and easy to work in.  I also made a  new folding journal at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  This is made from Stonehenge paper and will be used for self portraits or ‘selfies”.  I would like to take my ‘selfies’ up a notch this year.  Not sure what that means but they will be different.

It appears I am off to a slow start.  Looking for inspiration on what to draw.  Staying with subjects I am familiar with, staying safe!  This is the front page of my daily sketchbook.   I like the drawing of my hand.  However, I wonder why I continue to struggle drawing hands in my people sketches.  Why are their hands different?

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The first two pages of my daily sketchbook are very detailed pen and ink drawings. Staying safe again.

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My focus in the last couple of days has been facial features.  I had signed up for an online course with Craftsy last year with Gary Faigin.  A name I am familiar with as I have had his book “Facial Expressions” sitting in my library since the late 90’s.  The online course goes hand in hand with the book.  So finally I am going to work through that book!  I feel before I start drawing caricatures of people in public I need to understand the facial features and some basic information on anatomy.  One area I would like to focus on this year.  This maybe where I  take my “selfies” up a notch!

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