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12-15-2012, 11:20 PM
Rather than search through pages to find my old thread I thought it would be easier to start a new one.

Well the school year has finished, am now half way through my course, yeah! Time to get back into sketching and playing for me once again. Here are some new pieces.

Sketches in biro, trying to get action figures.

Leaf studies, pen once again.

Loose sketch of kitten with attitude, hope I got the pose right. Biro in A5 sketchbook.

Painted on a couple of pages in my sketchbook and then did some sketches over the top. I find this a liberating way of getting back into sketching, its like the page is already started so I may as well just put something down on top.
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That's all for now. Am playing with watercolour sketches so will post them shortly.

12-16-2012, 03:03 AM
Love the bears and the cat, it really has attitude :)

12-16-2012, 11:35 AM
Hi Jacqui, love the donkey! That kitty looks so happy and carefree. . . I really like adding color to pages and then doing drawings on top. I did that a lot some months back and it was great fun. Have to do that some more. . . thanks for reminding me.

12-16-2012, 04:43 PM
Thanks Jennifer and Rainy.

12-16-2012, 07:37 PM
All are nicely done - I like the botanical sketches a lot here. Well done, especially sketching with pen with no room for re-do's.

12-16-2012, 09:41 PM
Those painted pages are really nice! It is a great way of taking of the white and just play around... Keep them coming! :)

12-16-2012, 09:48 PM
Great people in action sketches

12-17-2012, 11:39 PM
Thanks John, I actually find it freeing to sketch in ink for some reason... lol
Glad you like the painted pages Jenny, thanks.
EP I appreciate it. Going to do some more of them soon.

12-18-2012, 04:45 AM
I especially like the leaf studies.
Enjoy your vacation from school, Jacqui.

12-18-2012, 07:44 PM
Here is more to laugh at... lol
Been trying some new things with watercolour. Tried a looser wet on wet approach to painting cats. First attempt not so successful, fairly happy with the second one.
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This was an experiment. Didn't work out as planned, but like the idea. Need to work on it more.

These fine ladies were done initially with eyes closed to draw the face and then added to. Were some fun.
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12-18-2012, 07:53 PM
Wonderful variety of sketches. Very well done. Have to say the bear sketches got my attention.

Joan T
12-19-2012, 10:51 AM
I iike the variety of styles of your sketches. Some are so playful and some so real. I love the cat faces!!

12-20-2012, 07:07 PM
Thanks Debby and Joan, yes variety is the name of the game... forever looking for something new to play with.

Here is a pen and ink drawing I have been working on the last couple of days for the P&I monthly challenge. A3, Lamy Safari fountain pen, chocolate brown ink. Did this over a couple of days, was trying to prove to myself that I can do a decent "drawing" and not just rough sketches. Fairly happy with the result.


12-20-2012, 07:35 PM
that is LOVELY Jacqui! Nice work

12-21-2012, 02:18 AM
I like both the loose version of the cat, and the more formal drawing of the big cat!

12-21-2012, 03:16 AM
Wow, Jacqui! Terrific big cat. :thumbsup:

Joan T
12-21-2012, 11:51 AM
Wonderful ink lines on your big cat!!!

12-21-2012, 12:18 PM
Nice animal sketches, Jacqui. I especially like the ones on the toned paper, and the big cat.

12-21-2012, 05:51 PM
Thanks so much Michelle, Joan, Philip, John and Rainy. Glad you liked my leopard.

Here are a couple of watercolour sketches. Nothing spectacular, just playing with colour. I have nearly filled up my handmade watercolour sketchbook, will have to make a new one soon.


12-21-2012, 06:26 PM
Gorgeous leopard. The color sketches are great.

12-21-2012, 07:04 PM
OOH, I love your rendition of the top of my stable!

12-25-2012, 08:36 PM
A couple of digital sketches using the iPad, just for something different... again. Using a stylus makes this so much easier.



Hope everyone had a great christmas and is looking forward to a wonderful new year full of art and lots of other good stuff.

12-25-2012, 11:20 PM
Other stuff I did today.
Thought I would paint some cherries before I ate them all. Been watching some videos on watercolour painting and trying to get nice deep rich colours and use wet in wet. I'm happy with the result.

Pen sketch of goose, started too big and couldn't fit the whole thing in. And I messed up the beak.

Joan T
12-26-2012, 11:21 AM
Jacqui - I love those cherries!!! I could easily eat a few of those right now. I like you inking on the goose!!! Just let everyone think he got into a fight and messed up his beak!

12-26-2012, 02:09 PM
Great cherries. The goose is actually quite a handsome fellow. If you hadn't said anything, I wouldn't have noticed the beak in particular.

12-26-2012, 06:15 PM
The cherries are outstanding! Bills (beaks) on birds are the hardest part of their anatomy for me. And the better you know birds, the more frustrating it is because you get a much deeper understanding of what they should look like and are thus more sensitive to problems if your drawing is off. Birds feet (technically, their toes) are always a challenge for me as well.

12-28-2012, 09:23 PM
Thanks so much Joan, Debby and John.

A study of a gum tree I can see in the distance from my window. Watercolour.

Another cat, tried to show the fur in a bit more detail this time, wet on wet underpainting.

A couple of pen and wash sketches. I always come back to pen, I love it. Nothing like the simplicity and ease of a fountain pen and waterbrush. :)
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12-28-2012, 10:39 PM
These are marvelous sketches. I really like the dragon. :)

Joan T
12-29-2012, 11:45 AM
The tree is great but the cat captured my attention! Love the washy ink sketches too. It is amazing what you can do with a little ink. Thanks for sharing!

12-30-2012, 11:33 PM
Those cherries are stunning! You should be happy with them... :) I really like the tree and cat as well... very nice pages!!

12-31-2012, 11:28 PM
Thanks so much Debby, Joan and Jenny.
Did these over the last couple of days of days.

A couple of watercolour sketches. Only have one page left in my watercolour sketchbook, oh no. I'll have to make a new one, I have really enjoyed using it.
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Quick pen sketch, and then also had a play with my graphitints, haven't used them for so long.
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01-01-2013, 01:56 PM
Super group of sketches in different media.

01-01-2013, 03:49 PM
great sketches in a variety of media. . . isn't exploring media fun! Happy new years too

01-01-2013, 05:55 PM
Thanks so much Debby and Rainy. Yes I do love swapping from one media to another.

01-04-2013, 12:36 AM
Some more stuff.....

The last page in my waercolour sketchbook. Have to buy some more paper and make a new one.

Here are some digi sketches done on the iPad

01-04-2013, 03:59 PM
Marvelous group of sketches.

01-05-2013, 03:32 PM
You've been busy, Jacqui! Looks like you are having fun switching media.

01-06-2013, 12:40 AM
Thanks Debby and Michelle

I made myself a new watercolour journal. I made it a bit bigger this time, 12 pages instead of 8. Here is the first page, still trying to work wet in wet.


01-06-2013, 02:37 AM
Nice Jacqui.
I'm looking forward to seeing your watercolor sketches. I'm just starting watercolor and finding it's more difficult than it looks. :)

01-06-2013, 12:29 PM
Beautiful rosebud.

01-07-2013, 07:28 PM
Thanks Philip. Watercolour is a challenge but there is so much you can do with it, so much fun to play with. I look forward to seeing your work soon.
Thanks Debby.

Yesterdays trial. From imagination, loosely based on a technique I saw on a youtube tutorial, wet in wet with flat brush. I never use a flat brush. Interesting way to do the trees. I also scraped the wet paint on the rocks in the front.


01-07-2013, 11:59 PM
Did another painting sketch today. I am really happy with the strength of colour I am achieving now. Mainly done wet in wet, feeling more comfortable with that too. This daily painting is starting to help, I am feeling more confident with what I am trying to achieve. Now I just have to try and add the pieces together into a decent picture... lol


01-08-2013, 03:40 AM
I like your sketches! Great done!
The boots are fantastic!

01-08-2013, 05:53 PM
Thank you Martina, I am pretty happy with those boots myself.

01-08-2013, 07:06 PM
those are great, Jacqui. . . especially love the boots and the rosebud.

01-08-2013, 07:40 PM
Marvelous sketches. And, I will echo the others, the boots are great.

Joan T
01-08-2013, 09:47 PM
I just love that one of the boots...it has such great lighting!!! I admire that you work so well in so many different media. I tend to stick to what I know best. lol

01-09-2013, 05:47 PM
Here's another vote for the boots!

01-09-2013, 06:29 PM
Thank you so much Rainy, Debby, Joan and John. Glad you all like the boots. Joan I am touched to think you admire me in any way, I think you are such an accomplished artist.

Here is my next attempt, sort of lost one side of the bowl, but..... I was trying to focus on getting the roundness of the eggs.


01-10-2013, 04:21 AM
well done! I like your painting style!

01-10-2013, 04:42 PM
I love the rose bud!

01-10-2013, 06:29 PM
Thank you Martina and Michelle.

01-10-2013, 09:09 PM
nicely done, I like the colors in the table and the speckles on the eggs

01-10-2013, 10:57 PM
Thanks Rainy.

Had another go at a cat.


Joan T
01-10-2013, 11:15 PM
Love the brown speckled eggs and the kitty!!!

01-11-2013, 02:37 PM
You so captured that kitty attitude. :cat:

01-13-2013, 12:18 AM
Thanks so much Joan and Debby. I seem hooked on the watercolours still. Here are another couple.

The first was my half eaten lunch of grilled cheese on toast. Guess anything can be used for inspiration. Then tried some feathers on the bright parrot. He was fun.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

01-13-2013, 12:25 AM
really like the cat. . . how did you get the whiskers to stay white? neat bird also. . . nice sketches!

01-13-2013, 01:25 AM
Really like the expression on the cat.

01-13-2013, 10:35 AM
The cat's eyes are captivating. I like it.

01-13-2013, 01:27 PM
More great sketch/paintings. Fun to draw food sometimes.

01-13-2013, 06:03 PM
Thanks Rainy. I cheated with the whiskers and used masking fluid.
Thanks also John, Philip and Debby.

01-15-2013, 06:33 PM
Finally got back to the sketchbook, did some quick sketches of the cats while I was waiting for dinner to cook.

Another couple of watercolour sketches. I saw an image on facebook that reminded me of an assignment I did in first yr of my course so had another go, the magic goldfish flying out of his bowl. The other is a very loose "copy" of a George Luks painting.


01-15-2013, 06:58 PM
Hi Jacqui
Your sketchbook is always so much fun to visit. You have a "way" with rendering cats that is so alive!

01-16-2013, 11:30 AM
More nice sketches, Jacqui! The cats look very natural - partly because they all appear to be ignoring the person sketching them, which cats are very good at doing. :cat: Our 'new' (just about a year since we got her) dog - a smallish Corgi - has some very cat-like traits. Her balance is amazing and she jumps up to the top/back of our sofa (barely as wide as she is) and lays down for naps there just like a cat would. I told her she has an identity crisis, but she ignored me.

01-16-2013, 04:11 PM
Fabulous group of sketches.

01-16-2013, 05:01 PM
Thanks Steven, I am still just doing basic cat sketches, would like to be able to develop them further, but all part of the process.
Thank you John, your corgi sounds gorgeous. I remember when you got her. Laying on the back of the sofa is a cat thing, but she fits and must feel comfy there.
Debby thanks, I appreciate it.

01-16-2013, 11:50 PM
Great sketches. . . that last kitty looks like he has something evil on his mind :)
The pen and wash is very nice!

01-17-2013, 12:43 AM
Very nice! So many great colors with your watercolor. Do you sketch it in before starting with paint. I don't see any pencil lines. I agree with Gloppus those eyes really glow like emeralds.

01-17-2013, 01:13 AM
You sure get a lot done. I just try to do my one sketch a day.

I like the fish. How did he fit in the bowl?

01-17-2013, 10:45 AM
Well done! I really like the cats!

01-17-2013, 05:44 PM
Thanks Rainy, yes Jasper often has certain intentions on his mind when peering out the window... lol
Thank you fersterger I sometimes do an outline sketch but not always, usually just for placement of elements.
But Philip I did say he was a magic fish... lol While I am on holidays I am trying to get a few sketches and at least one painting sketch done a day. Make use of the time while I have it.
Thank you Martina.

01-25-2013, 08:28 PM
The heat has been wearing me out lately so been a bit slack with keeping up my sketchbook but have a collection to share. Like usual a real mixed bag.

My idea of plein air... in the backyard.


These are from life, still trying to do that as much as possible.

Working with colour, a mix from life (the fruit images) and refs.

01-25-2013, 08:37 PM
Hi Jacqui. . . a nice set of drawings/paintings. Love the doggie paws and also the yellow flowers especially.

01-26-2013, 02:46 PM
Great assortment of sketches and paintings. The animal paws look awesome.

01-26-2013, 04:20 PM
Thanks Rainy and Debby. The paws belong to Jasper when he is using the scratching post. He has such long toes.

01-27-2013, 06:47 PM
A couple more to add to the collection. I sat outside yesterday afternoon and did some studies of the gum trees, the leaves are so different from the different varieties. Also trying to work on drawing landscapes.



01-27-2013, 07:18 PM
The landscape looks like a lovely place to sketch. Love the leaf studies. The colors are wonderful.

Joan T
01-27-2013, 09:37 PM
Wonderful color in those leaves!!! Nice bridge!

02-02-2013, 11:48 PM
Thanks so much Debby and Joan. Been having a slow week but have some work to share. The two cat pics are of Devi, she likes to sit at the window next to the front door and stare out. The glass is frosted, I have no idea what she can see... lol.

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02-03-2013, 04:47 AM
Wonderful sketches of the leaves with great colors! And the cats are well done!

02-03-2013, 04:36 PM
Marvelous animal sketches.

Joan T
02-03-2013, 08:21 PM
Oh, that close up is so cute!!! I wish I had an animal around to sketch. It looks like it would be fun.

02-04-2013, 07:07 PM
Wow, the cat closeup is strikingly good! And I'm a dog person...:lol: !

02-04-2013, 10:35 PM
Nice pencil sketch of the bridge. Love the leaves and the cats, esp. the closeup.

02-07-2013, 02:03 AM
Thanks Martina, Debby, Michelle and Joan. Yes they are fun handy models to have Joan, esp with 3. Wow John, high praise. :) Michelle the bridge was done directly in pen.

I did closeups of the other 2 cats, didn't want them to feel jealous. Jasper (tabby) and Tristan. I have been finding it hard mixing a nice deep black. Tried a few mixes, still to find one I am happy with. Have 2 black cats and the black (and white) is different on both of them, so is a challenge to mix. I was taught to not use tube black or white.

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02-07-2013, 11:04 AM
Capturing eyes on those latest cats! I find that ultramarine blue and burnt umber makes a beautiful almost black color when mixing acrylics and oils. I have not tried it with watercolour, so I don't know if it mixes the same way. In watercolour I simply use paynes grey or sepia as my 'black'...

02-07-2013, 03:45 PM
Marvelous cat close ups.

02-07-2013, 07:45 PM
Thanks Jenny, yes I've tried that mix and can't seem to get it dark enough. Maybe I should try a bit of paynes grey, its not in my mini palette so will have to hunt out the tube.
Thanks so much Debby.

Joan T
02-08-2013, 08:43 PM
You should frame the three of them together. They look great!

02-10-2013, 05:14 AM
Great done!

02-10-2013, 06:58 PM
Thanks Joan and Martina.

02-11-2013, 01:10 AM
Love the cat closeups! Here's a watercolor mixed black that works well for me with Daniel Smith watercolors - Indigo and Sepia. This gives a beautiful, rich 'black' or super dark blue or some such...works great in my book.

02-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Cute kitty closeups!

02-16-2013, 05:31 PM
Thanks John, and thanks for the recipe, I'll give it a go. Thanks Michelle.

Here are a few other pages I've been working on. A couple of watercolours. The passionfruit was inspired by Joan's great pomegranite sketches. I was also very brave (for me) and did my first sketch at the food court of an old man sitting at the table, I was attracted by his hat on the table. Also did a quick sketch of the coffee supplies at the doctors office.

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02-16-2013, 06:12 PM
...so many cool spontaneous sketches through this journal, have to say the cat ones are tops for me, especially the close up of the faces. I too was taught to avoid black and white paints, I find ultramarine and burnt umber are good, indigo and sepia make a wicked fierce black substitute, and viridian and deep violet work well too...:D

02-16-2013, 06:25 PM
Fabulous sketches. The hibiscus is lovely.

02-18-2013, 05:34 AM
Great new sketches! Fantastic hibiscus!


Joan T
02-18-2013, 05:31 PM
Yeah, Jackie!!! You are sketching new things outside your comfort zone. Good for you! The only time I've seen passionfruit is when I was in the Dominican Republic last year. I sketched it, but I didn't like the taste at all. Good job!

02-18-2013, 06:56 PM
This last group of sketches is really nice!

02-19-2013, 04:09 AM
The passionfruit is my favourite. The man at the table is an interesting sketch, he looks deep in thought.

02-21-2013, 09:58 AM
Jacqui, great work. . . I love the vibrant hibiscus

02-23-2013, 08:49 PM
Bravo Jacqui, and you even sketched a stranger from life! It gets easier very fast trust me. A lovely sketchbook. If you don't like your blacks why not use a tube black. If no one used them there wouldn't be so many blacks available in every single Artists line of watercolor paint. How can you know if you like them or not based on another artists or teachers idea? Take what you can use from anothers experience and leave the rest by the way side.