View Full Version : Weekly Inspirational Pictures for Dec 23-30

12-23-2012, 07:50 AM
I hope this is okay, not having done it before. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.
On the Forest Floor by LeZart
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Dec-2012/143438-apoppybymoccasin.jpgA Poppy by Sue Thomson/moccasin
A Cat by Yod Barros
Hobbiton6 by Yorky
Benidoleig Gate by Marmsk
Flowers by Marmsk
Boat by Marmsk

Lucky dog by Marmsk
I am sure I have the sizes wrong...happy sketching.

12-23-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks so much for posting these Eileen. I love the cat and dog. The boat on the wall is really nice and those gates.... think I will attempt a few of these.

12-23-2012, 06:28 PM
Thank you Eileen, these are great. Lots of inspiration.

12-23-2012, 08:13 PM
I love that gate

12-25-2012, 08:33 PM
I had a try of the flowers on the iPad using Brushes. I am liking the iPad for drawing now, still need lots of practice though.


12-26-2012, 05:09 AM
Good for you Jacqui! It is a nice take on the ipad of those flowers. I imagine it is great fun.

12-26-2012, 02:10 PM
Jacqui, cool sketch of the flowers on your iPad.

12-26-2012, 04:38 PM
Thanks Eileen and Debby. I keep forgetting that I can zoom in and do finer detail... doh.

12-26-2012, 08:02 PM
Jacquie you certainly captured the "spoon-like" shapes of the blossoms. I am still amazed at what you can do with your medium.

Here's today's sketch of the lovely photo of the poppy by Sue Thomson:

About 15 mins.
graphite and Precise pen
on 11' X 8 1/2" sketchbook page

c and c always welcomed

12-26-2012, 11:43 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures, Eileen.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas.
Nice flowers, Jacqui and Steven.

Being a boat bum, I had to try this one. And it has only a couple of colors - good for a beginner. It may not look like much, but this is my first attempt at watercolors in over 50 years. I used to enjoy finger paints, too. You could always make a mess. For someone who only does pencil, I wasn't quite prepared for the lack of control, but had lots of fun trying.


This was done in my new 5 by 7 inch sketchpad with a Koi watercolor field sketch box. Thanks, Santa!
It took about half an hour. Most of that was watching it dry.

12-27-2012, 02:26 PM
Great poppy, Steven.

Philip, very good boat.

12-27-2012, 02:56 PM
Steven and Philip...so good. Lovely work.

12-27-2012, 04:12 PM
Steven lovely flower, your sketches are so full of expression.
Phillip love the boat. Very good for a first watercolour. Don't you just love the watching and waiting for it to dry all the time... :)

12-27-2012, 05:44 PM
My version of the toadstools from Forrest Floor by LeZart in coloured pencil.

12-27-2012, 08:19 PM
Lovely sheen on those toadstools, great work. I find coloured pencil very hard to handle, you seem to have no problems at all.

12-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Wow, some lovely work this week everyone!

Jacqui, what a fun ipad painting.
Steven, nice pen work. Like your style.
Philip, cool watercolor. . . I love my Koi box and sure looks like you are enjoying yours.
Eileen, lovely color pencil toadstools! So vibrant.

12-28-2012, 12:41 PM
Since I haven't really used them, I tried out a set of Cretacolor Aquastic which I had for a long time. I chose the mushrooms. Done in S&B Delta


12-28-2012, 04:31 PM
Great colour and shading on your toadstools.

12-28-2012, 05:23 PM
Eileen, delightful colored pencil of the toadstools.

Rainy, great toadstools.

I actually grabbed that picture with the thought I might try it. So far, no go.

12-28-2012, 09:25 PM
Philip: I think your watercolor is going very well! Just keep at it. It's obvious you can do whatever you set yourself out to do.
Debby, Eileen, Jacquie: thanks for you nice comments.
Eileen: The vivid color and contrast that you get with colored pencils is beautiful along with your fine drawing skills.
Rainy: Your mushrooms are saying "Look at us!" next to your colorful title page.

What a challenging exercise for me to draw the lovely gate that Eileen posted here for us! I liked the photo so much that I really wanted to try to "quick-sketch" it. So here tis' even though it's leaning to the left.:

"Benidoleig Gate"
graphite and "Precise pen"
8 1/2" X 11" sketchbook page


c and c always welcomed

12-28-2012, 10:37 PM
Steven, that's a great gate. For a quick sketch you got a lot of detail in there.

12-29-2012, 02:50 AM
Very nice detail on the gate. I like it :)

12-29-2012, 09:34 AM
Jacqui, good ipad sketch.

Steven, great penwork. The center pops out just as it should in the flower and good gatework too.

Philip, nice sharp boat.

Eileen, thank you for the wonderful references. Your toadstool has such a glow to them. Beautiful.

Rainy, totally charmed by your toadstool, the waxy look to them is fantastic.

I too followed your footsteps and used a couple with Cretacolor Aquastic.



These two are with various pastel pencils brands. All on Daler Rowney Simply sketchbook 70 lb 5.5 x 8 inch.



12-29-2012, 04:54 PM
Great set of sketches there Sandra. You are still as prolific as ever. :) I like the pastel on the flower, very soft.

12-29-2012, 05:30 PM
Super group of sketches Sandra. Your choice of media for each is great.

12-29-2012, 06:47 PM
Thank you, Jacqui, Debby.

12-31-2012, 11:34 PM
I came back to have a go at another couple of these that had caught my eye. Both in watercolour. The white dog was a challenge, not very successful but okay.


01-01-2013, 05:08 AM
Oh, goodness me what a collection of excellent sketches. Rainy, I love your sketchbook journal page..
Sandra, you overwhelm me with so much work, so well done, beautiful. Love the Hobbit house.
Jacqui you did catch Lucky's pensive look well. and more mushrooms. Well done.
Steven, you did the gate at Beniarbeig justice. It is very picturesque.

01-01-2013, 07:21 AM
Jacqui, the toadstool has that shine, it's good. And you did the dog well. I wouldn't even know how to flesh out a white dog on white paper.

01-01-2013, 01:55 PM
Jacqui, great watercolor sketches.

01-03-2013, 04:54 AM
Lovely sketches everyone, it was a joy to look at them. And so nice to see the different takes of the ref images!

I had a go of the poppy, I even looked up the chinese name for it and added that. I have no idea of how to pronounce it though... But it is a popular flower in the gardens here were I live in summertime!


01-03-2013, 05:34 AM
Lovely page Jenny

01-03-2013, 06:27 AM
Jenny that is fabulous! No doubt you will be able to enjoy Chinese art and learn from them while you are there.

01-03-2013, 04:47 PM
Jenny, such a fabulous page.