Most of the first group of sketches were from the second semester of Sketchbook Skool, titled Seeing which started on July 4th.
This assignment was to draw a piece of toast, really paying attention to all the details. My toast of choice was whole wheat raisin cinnamon. It was an unusual activity for the 4th of July. About halfway through the drawing I realized we probably need a new toaster. It was almost burnt on one side and barely warm on the other. I used some fine tip Copic and Pilot pens for this.
Two interesting projects from Danny Gregory and this was the last sketch in the Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook. I will be getting another soon as I am really missing this paper.
I like to draw people but they are usually doing something in a bigger scene, I've never been to much for portraits but in the interest of expanding my skills I sat in front of a mirror and did this one with colored pencil. Pretty stern looking but it is tricky to look at yourself in the mirror and draw at the same time.
I don't know who this person is, but it was loose and fun.
Pen, watercolor and colored pencil.
It was about this time that I was getting ready to go to Providence, Rhode Island for the ATA Tapestry retreat and workshop so I did this last one (upper left) sitting at the Tulsa airport waiting for my flight from a photo I took on my iPhone. Is it obvious how much I enjoy flying? The couple to the right just happened to be there.
This was a Sharpie fine point refillable pen in my handbook Journal.
This was July 17th and except for a few sketches I did in my tapestry notebook and shared on the Common Threads blog I don't have another entry until August 17th!
The SBS semester was basically finished when I started making up my work on class three with Brenda Swenson.
I started by doing some very quick continuous contour drawings of some familier objects with a Tombow pen.
Then I painted with some watercolor. I actually drew the same objects several times and it was a good way to get going again.
We had lots of ripe tomatoes at that time so it seemed like a good idea to use them for this assignment.
I like the look of the Tombow pen with the watercolor as a nice change from the permanent pen I usually use. Tombows are water-soluble and fade into the painting as you work. I ended up buying a few more of them.
Next was Cathy Johnson's class, and I was supposed to be waiting for birds to arrive so that I could sketch them in the backyard, but with Laddie and Purrlie along to help not many birds showed up so I sketched them instead and a squirrel, feeders and so on just as things showed up without trying to compose anything. It was fun and relaxing just hanging out in the backyard. I used colored pencils for this.
The next afternoon I went out without Laddie and Purlie and had better luck with some birds showing up. The Scissortail Flycatcher was a nice treat and I did a larger sketch based on a very brief encounter and consulting the Peterson Guide.
Pen and watercolor.
This was done in a bigger 11"x 8.5" journal.
I also have a book I keep color studies in and did some green mixing studies with watercolors.
I decided to make swatches of my tube greens that I could compare to the mixed colors. This was all part of Cathy Johnson's class too.
Before I started the next class I did a few "sketch of the day" pages.
This one was experimenting with the Tombow and Copic markers using some shells as models.
I wanted to try some pretty ink I had received as a sample from Goulet Pens so I drew some flowers...
The first assignment was to do a drawing using a ball point pen. I have never thought to do a drawing with a ball point although I have done a lot of doodling while on the phone with them. This pen was a give away and several years old. I was really surprised, not only was it fun to draw with but I think it turned out quite nicely. The blue color is so rich. People are doing some amazing art with ball point pens! I learned something!
Last assignment for Andrea's class was to draw a collection of things. Instead of trying to compose the whole thing at once the idea was to draw one thing and then decide where to place the next thing and carry on from there. Also fun and I used some more of my shell collection drawing with a large variety of pens, colored pencils and some watercolor.
We decided to start off with a slower animal and this tortoise was really posing for us. This was the first sketch. Sharpie and watercolor.
I resolved to do more practicing with the Schleich toys before the next zoo trip.
I made a rare decision to do this one on a seperate sheet rather than in the sketchbook so I could give it to a friend. These tea cups were fairly challenging but it could be I was a little tired about then. Keeping up with a daily practice of anything is not always easy!
I decided to take a break before the last assignment for Liz Steel and work on some animal sketches from the Schleich toys. Here are some crocodiles done with the Tombow pens and a little water.
I had some free samples of some new Derwent pens and decided to try them out, The line painter was awfully leaky or maybe it was just not a good night for drawing.
For the last sketch in Liz Steel's class I drew my house. This took some time and spread out over two afternoons with permanent pen.
With this project I had completed the second semester of SBS. The next one sounds really exciting, the title is Storytelling and it starts October 3. There will be new teachers and I'm really looking forward to it. I would be drawing anyway but find the format of a different teacher every week stimulating and pick up so many tips and information about materials and techniques without feeling overwhelmed by one teachers point of view.
I rarely work from a photo but this is taken loosely from a photo I took at the 108 Contemporary gallery in Tulsa during a recent weaving invitational show.
I am ready for another trip to the Zoo but it will have to wait till I get back from the tapestry workshop with Joan Baxter. That is going to be fabulous!!
Tombow pens again and some water.
Not sure what todays sketch will be but I'll think of something.