This time with my Ipad and Pencil.
There is a learning curve with Procreate. Unfortunately I use it, forget about it and then return to find there have been so many updates everything has changed. I have found the ideal pen in the ink section. It is called the Studio Pen. I just need to look at the brushes so I can paint!
Enough said here are my sketches from this morning.
A return visit to the Saturday Market in Sequim. A very familiar scene. Just different people! Yes I need to change my location however it is the only table in the shade!
Lately I have been doing some warm up sketches in colored pencil before my ink sketches. I leave some sketches as is and wonder why that doesn’t happen in ink! Others I will ink over.
Tonight I played with a green ballpoint pen and followed up with green watercolor and neon highlighters. I soon got tired of doing the lettering. Last week I played with a purple ballpoint pen and purple watercolor. Not sure what color I will do next week. Not all the pages in my sketchbooks are of people in coffee shops and markets. I do a lot of testing of media and techniques. I also practice, play and practice!
I hope you have a good week!
No sketches of people at the market or Starbucks. Although I visited both locations. This week something new! I will have to admit some weeks I start to question what I am sketching. It just happens for a moment and is usually when I introduce a new concept into my work. While I enjoy my loose style of sketching people. I am still searching for my style in watercolor painting. It makes sense it should also be somewhat loose.
I like the work of Tracey Fletcher and her workshop Delicious Paint. Layering my colors works sometimes for me. I also like the painting style of various urban sketchers Liz Steel, Marc Taro Holmes, Shari Blaukopf, Suhita Shirodkar and lately Anne-Laure Jacquart. The last artist introduced me to the work of Jean Haines.
I have struggled with watercolor blooms! Trying not get to them. This week I have been practicing to create them. Finally a loose form of watercolor painting can be found in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolors. My goal now is to introduce some components of this loose style of painting into my sketches. I know it can be done! (I am sorry the scan of her book is not straight!!)
Here are some of my watercolor washes. Jean Haines recommends doing three each morning. I manage 1 or 2 a day every other day. I still go the the market, Starbucks and Life Drawing each week. Plus add sailing to the mix! It is somewhat of a juggling act.
I study these washes. Some I see things and I will eventually go back to them to paint a loose form of what I am seeing. I sure wish I had noted what colors were used! It is a different way of painting. I am not working with a limited palette and mixing my colors. Although I can see color theory coming into this style of painting. It is easy to mix mud if you are not too careful!
Life Drawing Update: I have attended the class for just on four weeks. I could not work on newsprint as suggested nor graphite or charcoal. I have settled on working with a brush pen and colored pencil on sketchbook paper. I am hoping to bring watercolor into the mix at some stage. When we have a long pose I can finish in 5 minutes! That leaves me to drawing the same pose a couple of times with a different tool. Something I don’t mind doing. When I get tired I start drawing the other artists. It is a good deal as no one is going to get up and leave!
I was going to post a sketch from life drawing. I have noted some artists give a warning. Maybe I need to create a separate page. I am certainly open to any ideas!
Here are my materials!
Washes: Arches color press paper with Daniel Smith paints.
Life Drawing: 90lb sketchbook paper and Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen.
Back to the Saturday market and a potluck dinner.
I have been studying and practicing perspective during the week with a view to drawing more of the surroundings with my people. It does seem to be getting easier.
I found a young man playing a guitar and tried to capture the people watching him. Yes, I should have captured the young man! It was difficult. I was sitting at a picnic table and was joined by another onlooker who would not sit still however you learn to go with whatever is happening while sketching. I ended up including her in the top of the sketch.
The day ended with a potluck. It was fun event and a chance to meet our neighbors. I took my sketchbook along with food and wine and captured my next door neighbor!
Sketchbooks: Stillman & Birn Alpha with Platinum carbon pen. Daler Rowney Studio sketchbook with Pentel brush pen.
It has been a mixed bag this week. The model did not turn up for life drawing. I am still working on buildings and perspective (sigh)
I have signed up for a watercolor class with Jean Haines at the Daniel Smith in Seattle in October 2017. Yes 2017! I am excited about the workshop as I really like Jean Haines. I have two of her books. Here is a link to her blog I have to admit I am also excited about visiting Daniel Smith!
Some things don’t change. I visited Starbucks!