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06-18-2012, 09:58 PM
I bought a watercolour moleskine sketchbook sometime last year, intending to use it to practice my water-soluble coloured pencils. I really haven't used it much yet.

I've dusted it off again, my intention this time to fill up the whole thing with nothing but sketches from life. I'm also setting a goal of at least one sketch per week.

Attached is what I got done when I first bought it:
- An archway in an old church in Quebec City
- The birdfeeder at my parents' cottage


06-19-2012, 02:27 AM
Beautiful sketches, I like all the details in the church sketch.

Joan T
06-20-2012, 11:28 AM
Both of these are great...super job on the details on the archway. One sketch a week should be doable, so I'll be back to see more!

06-20-2012, 02:32 PM
Wonderful sketches. Excellent goal for yourself. Looking forward to seeing the sketch of the week.

06-21-2012, 05:49 PM
Good start!

toowoomba sketcher
06-22-2012, 03:01 AM
Awesome geekette! Drawing from life is lots of fun.:)

07-04-2012, 10:44 PM
Haven't had much chance to update lately, but I have, at least, kept up with my sketches.

Here's what I've done over the past few weeks:
- A Petunia. The sun was coming from behind and partly from the side, so the flower was casting interesting shadows on itself. Had a bit of a hard time because halfway through the sketch the wind picked up.

- The view from the dock at my parents' cottage. They're on a river, so this is the view upstream. This was done with the water-soluble coloured pencils I keep meaning to try out.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2012/1075352-pg04.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2012/1075352-pg05.jpg

07-05-2012, 07:41 PM
Sweet petunia drawing. Looks like you are doing very well with the watercolor pencils. How do you like them?

07-06-2012, 04:33 PM
DrDebby: So far, I'm liking the watercolour pencils pretty well. I was given this set as a gift, and I've never been too proficient with regular watercolours, so I've got two learning curves to get through. I invested in a water brush, so I like that I can carry everything I need to sketch on-location in colour in alittle pencil case.

07-06-2012, 08:31 PM
I hear you. I'm much more comfortable coloring something with a pencil, then wetting it, than dealing with watercolor paints.

08-01-2012, 09:59 PM
Okay, been away from the forums for a while due to my vacation, but I have at least got some sketching done. I'll be honest: I haven't done exactly one a week, but I've still got more done than my usual pace, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

First: One of the wooden foot bridges spanning a pond in a local park. I found a nicely located bench that offered a good view of a bridge with a cluster of trees in the background. Not sketched: the condo towers that surround the mall that's just beyond the park.

Second: I was lucky enough to score a part in a one-act play staged by an amateur theatre company, so I drew this from the audience while the tech crew was setting up the lighting. Cheated a bit: the lines were done from life. The colours were done from memory in the dressing room.

Third: I spent most of my vacation with my family at my parents' cottage. This year we had relatives from overseas visiting and to celebrate my dad decided to build a firepit. We christened it by teaching my cousins how to make s'mores on it later that night.

08-02-2012, 02:50 PM
Great sketches. Love the fire pit s'mores. :)

08-03-2012, 05:53 AM
very nice start :) - what are s'mores?

08-03-2012, 04:38 PM
Vivien, s'mores are a campfire snack made by first toasting marshmallows over the fire. Then carefully putting the marshmallow on a graham cracker with 1/2 a Hershey bar and another graham cracker on top. The hot, toasted marshmallow makes the chocolate all melty and the combination of crunchy and gooey sweet is really awesome. You always want "some more". :lol:

08-03-2012, 06:08 PM
nice sketches, especially the brickwork on the firepit. Outstanding textures as well as form.

08-04-2012, 06:36 AM
Vivien, s'mores are a campfire snack made by first toasting marshmallows over the fire. Then carefully putting the marshmallow on a graham cracker with 1/2 a Hershey bar and another graham cracker on top. The hot, toasted marshmallow makes the chocolate all melty and the combination of crunchy and gooey sweet is really awesome. You always want "some more". :lol:

thanks :) I've never heard of that!

Joan T
08-08-2012, 10:45 AM
Great assortment of sketches. I really like that one of the footbridge in the park!

08-15-2012, 09:33 PM
Thanks Joan, RainySea, vhere and Debby!

Been trying to catch up lately - I've managed to get two drawings done since friday.

The first is one of my lamps, a bit of a challenge to get the feeling of light across, and because it's entirely white.

The second is my teapot - another challenge: it's entirely black, with a cream coloured wrapped handle


Joan T
08-16-2012, 10:24 AM
I love the shading on the white lamp and the wonderful black teapot!!!

08-16-2012, 05:54 PM
These are both done well. White and black objects are hard to render.

08-16-2012, 09:30 PM
Great glow on that teapot :)

08-17-2012, 04:10 AM
I ike the warmth of the lamp sketch, I think you did very well in capturing it.

08-17-2012, 10:47 AM
Thanks Joan, Debby, eyepaint and bookscorpion!

I'm glad to hear that my (semi-) regular practice is starting to show in my drawing ability.

09-10-2012, 09:13 PM
A few more updates, but I'm not sure they're as successful this time.

First is another simple still-life, my pencil case.

Next are two little landscape sketches from another trip to the cottage. The first is a branch study done on the Saturday of the long weekend. There was a clear blue cloudless sky that made a perfect backdrop for the branch of one tree that hangs out over the river.

Lastly, this one was done on the Sunday from almost the same spot as "the view upstream" from my July 4th post, except facing the other direction. It was grey and overcast, so I'm not as happy with this one.

09-10-2012, 09:59 PM
All sketches are good, if only to learn what does and does not work. The branch study is stunning. Keep sketching. :)

10-10-2012, 12:11 PM
what a fabulous assortment of sketches, love the little coloured ones, but my fave so far is that black teapot with it's wrapped handle, beautifully done. Hope manage to keep to your resolution and fill your moleskin with these gems...

Joan T
10-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Nice assortment of sketches!!! Keep them coming!

10-10-2012, 02:16 PM
I love your pencil drawings most of all. I like the style very much.