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RainySea
01-06-2013, 09:09 PM
I finished the other Delta and am now starting on this spiral bound one. I've decided to dedicate this one to things around the house/property, so basically everything in it will be from life, not from photos. I'll use the Bee book for the inspirational photos and stuff this month. My goal is filling the whole book in one month from life.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/132279-spiral.jpg

jacquip
01-06-2013, 09:49 PM
Great goal Rainy, look forward to seeing your first sketches.

JennyMK
01-06-2013, 11:01 PM
Good luck Rainy! It will be lovely to see!

DrDebby
01-07-2013, 02:22 PM
Great goal. I'm sure you'll have no problem filling it.

RainySea
01-07-2013, 04:44 PM
Trying this totally with ipad (took photo and attach). Hope it works. Photo a bit blurry

Done out in yard with sharpie pen on delta book

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/132279-image.jpg

Dragoon
01-07-2013, 05:36 PM
You have the most interesting environments!
Love the shadows on the ground, they make the scene come alive!
D.

JTMB
01-07-2013, 05:45 PM
Good to see a new journal starting, Rainy! WOW - a Joshua Tree in your backyard! Not many folks can say that. Love those trees (and the rocks in Joshua Tree monument as well).

jacquip
01-07-2013, 06:43 PM
Very nice foliage. Can really see the contour of the landscape too, well done.

DrDebby
01-07-2013, 08:24 PM
Fabulous vegetation sketch.

MartinaL
01-08-2013, 03:48 AM
Well done!
Is this a joshua tree? I have seen them years ago during a trip in the southwest USA

RainySea
01-08-2013, 11:01 AM
Thanks everyone. Yes, its a joshua tree. I have quite a number of them on the acreage here. They are protected, too, so you cannot remove them. The other one is a creosote bush I think. . . I'm just learning about all the plants and critters here. I love the roadrunners, they are so cool.

regetsref
01-08-2013, 12:01 PM
Nice drawing! There's nothing better than wandering around nature sketching what's around you. That's going to be one nice sketchbook once it's filled up with trees and critters and rocks and drawings of the environment around you.

So much fun!

Joan T
01-08-2013, 09:51 PM
Love the Joshua tree sketch!!! What a great place to do sketching. You'll have to be fast to sketch a roadrunner...but I will be watching for that sketch!

RainySea
01-09-2013, 12:47 AM
Thank you!

Ok, I tried a roadrunner. . . the first box was a quick line sketch of one that I added color pencil and detail to and then the below I cheat and look at photographs. They move really fast! They make the funniest, most interesting sounds, too. I noticed some other birds running along the dirt roads that look like they are quails or something. I have to check into that.

I added the quote, but then wondered if roadrunners fly and so looked it up. They can fly, although not for long periods of time but just for brief spurts to escape predators. Mostly they run and wikipedia says they can go 20 mph.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2013/132279-roadrunner.jpg

Gloppus
01-09-2013, 02:30 AM
Great idea for a journal, Rainy, and wonderful sketches.
You are an inspiration to me. As soon as I finish my "anything practice" sketchbook I think I will start a dedicated sketchbook for stuff on the boat.
Keep up the good work!

RainySea
01-09-2013, 01:23 PM
Thanks Philip. How cool to be an inspiration to someone!! I will look forward to seeing your 'around the boat' sketchbook!

DrDebby
01-09-2013, 02:35 PM
Great job on the roadrunner. Interesting that they can only fly for short spurts. I think quail are like that too, preferring to run rather than fly.

JTMB
01-09-2013, 05:34 PM
Great work on the roadrunners! I enjoyed seeing a few of them on my fall cross-country road trip. Even managed to get a couple of pix.

mhimeswc
01-10-2013, 04:47 PM
I love your road runner, Rainy. Always fun to start a brand new sketchbook!

MartinaL
01-11-2013, 02:55 AM
Your Roadrunner is fantastic! I like the page!

RainySea
01-19-2013, 10:44 AM
Thank you.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2013/132279-QUEENANN.jpg

sharpie fine line pen plus a date stamp thingie (I only have a brownish ink pad!)

vhere
01-19-2013, 11:19 AM
a much more elegant name for it than cow parsley :) which is what it's called here

Nice one

MartinaL
01-19-2013, 12:12 PM
Oh, this is beautiful! I`m not sure, but I think it is called "Wiesenkerbel" in german.

RainySea
01-19-2013, 01:39 PM
Thanks Viv and Martina.

Here is the whole spread

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2013/132279-spread.jpg

jacquip
01-19-2013, 04:55 PM
I really like these botanical sketches.

DrDebby
01-19-2013, 05:13 PM
Great sketches. The Queen Anne's lace looks so delicate.

vhere
01-20-2013, 07:55 AM
Beautifully observed left page.

RainySea
01-20-2013, 11:14 AM
Thanks Viv, Debby and Jacqui.

You know I would really love to add my dogs into this but trying to sketch them from life is so hard. . . even if I begin trying to sketch one that is sleeping, she invariably moves the second I do so! Very frustrating.

Anyway, I was searching around the site and found this tutorial on sketching quickly and thought I would share as it is very good. I enjoyed it a great deal and am going to try some of his advice today. For those who have went to school on art/drawing, it may not be that helpful but for self-taught folks like me, it really clicked. Its by Larry Seiler.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Drawing/Sketching/

RainySea
01-20-2013, 02:24 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/132279-trees.jpg

One side pen and the other pencil

mhimeswc
01-20-2013, 03:42 PM
Your Queen Ann's Lace and the trees came out great in pen.

DrDebby
01-20-2013, 03:58 PM
Great trees.

JTMB
01-21-2013, 12:24 PM
Nice work on the tree shapes.

vhere
01-21-2013, 01:55 PM
Good link.

Joan T
01-22-2013, 02:58 PM
Love the way you made the Queen Anne's Lace look so fragile. Nice work on the trees too!

RainySea
01-24-2013, 02:00 PM
Thanks, Joan. My digital camera didn't get a very good shot of the page, sorry. . .

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/132279-teasel.jpg

jstarn
01-24-2013, 03:21 PM
Rainy, you have immediately reduced me to despair over what you can do with line. I started a whole sketchbook dedicated to it, and yours are just so.... so... gloriously, fabulously, descriptively line-y! Your variety of marks is inspiring. (And despair inducing. I do not claim to be consistent).

Having admired your work for a while, it's nice to be able to tell you so :)

How do you like the delta surface for line work?

DrDebby
01-24-2013, 03:40 PM
Marvelous teasel. The bees around here love them.

vhere
01-25-2013, 04:45 AM
Good teasel! Aren't the thistle type flowers interesting, and a challenge, to draw?

MartinaL
01-25-2013, 05:29 AM
The teasel looks great! Well done!

Marmsk
01-25-2013, 06:29 PM
Great journal, oh, but that teasel is superb!!!

RainySea
01-25-2013, 08:45 PM
Thank you Debby, Jasmine, Eileen, Martina, and Viv!

Jasmine, I like the Delta ok for pen and ink but the Epsilon (or the new Zeta) is much more suited to it really. I just don't have one of those right now. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

RainySea
01-28-2013, 12:05 PM
Here is a quick one I did out the sliding door from my dining table with a warm cuppa :) . Its the small pine tree in my back yard. . . its been rainy all week, then snowed some last night. It didn't stick, but too cold to be sketching outside today. Brrr

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2013/132279-pine.jpg

DrDebby
01-28-2013, 05:38 PM
Delightful little pine tree.

jacquip
01-28-2013, 06:09 PM
Lovely job on the pine tree.

MartinaL
01-29-2013, 02:45 AM
The pine tree looks really good!

poochemio
01-29-2013, 04:27 AM
Rainy, your botanical sketches are amazing. Keep it up!

JTMB
01-30-2013, 05:29 PM
The teasel sketch is wonderfully done!

JennyMK
02-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Lovely pages! I like the simplicity of them! I usually try to fit too much in my pages, so seeing someone who can put down just that what inspired them is impressive!

RainySea
02-21-2013, 10:01 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2013/132279-onion-spoon.jpg

MartinaL
02-21-2013, 11:48 AM
Fantastic sketch!

RainySea
02-21-2013, 01:28 PM
Thanks, Martina.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2013/132279-coffeepot.jpg

DrDebby
02-21-2013, 04:55 PM
Marvelous sketches.

Joan T
02-22-2013, 11:25 AM
I love the two pages with the spoon and the onion! That is great together. Super job on the French press.

Marmsk
02-22-2013, 12:30 PM
Nice sketches Rainy, all interesting everyday things.

bookscorpion
02-22-2013, 12:58 PM
These are all great, but I like the onion in particular because of the lovely shading.

RainySea
02-24-2013, 02:23 PM
Thanks Jennifer, Debby, Eileen, and Joan.

I haven't been doing too much sketching lately as have some other things I'm working on around the house and also I finally am working again on the two oil pastels paintings I had started some time ago and put aside when I started looking for house and moving. I hope to finish those in next month or so.

Anyway, I saw something in a book that if you mix primary colors red, blue, and yellow color pencils, that you get brown or black. I tried it with three crayola color pencils that were leftovers from my kids just for fun. I don't think I got much of those colors actually. But. . . fun doodle. Probably needed darker color blue than what I had. (Sorry about the shadow on the photo)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2013/132279-primaries.jpg

DrDebby
02-24-2013, 03:32 PM
Cool experiment. Great sketch.

Joan T
02-24-2013, 05:40 PM
I like the color blending in the shoe!! I agree your blue might be too light to get brown but you came close.

RainySea
02-26-2013, 06:41 PM
Thanks Joan and Debby.

I did this one last night while watching hulu plus. . . was hard to concentrate on both the show and the drawing so it didn't turn out so great.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2013/132279-becky.jpg

Did this one this morning with a crayola kids colored pencil.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2013/132279-frenchie.jpg

DrDebby
02-26-2013, 07:38 PM
I can see where it would be hard to watch the show and sketch. Super dog sketch.

Marmsk
02-27-2013, 06:13 AM
Love the Pug!

Scattykat
02-27-2013, 06:35 AM
- just found this journal - great idea doing stuff around the place - and the sketchbook looks really nice quality too - trees are neat, and love the teasel, great textures in there. Lovely bird, and ya got a pooch in, sweet pug. All tops, I'll be back :D :wave:

Joan T
02-27-2013, 09:53 AM
Nice job on the one from the tv! You were able to get a lot of detail to the person. Cute doggie!

RainySea
02-27-2013, 12:49 PM
Thanks Debby, Joan, Scatty and Eileen.

BTW, that fella is actually a French bulldog. . . they are so cute with those big stick up ears :-)

RainySea
02-28-2013, 07:29 PM
Messed up one of the eyes on this one, but was trying to draw the neighbor's dog smiling at me through the fence.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2013/132279-setter.jpg

bookscorpion
03-01-2013, 04:13 AM
He looks like a friendly pooch :)

DrDebby
03-01-2013, 02:04 PM
He wants to play fetch or get petted or both. :lol: Great sketch.

JTMB
03-01-2013, 06:32 PM
Love the big ol' pooch smile!

RainySea
03-19-2013, 07:57 PM
Haven't done much in the sketchbook this month. . . I did an acrylic painting of my daughter's puppy for her, and she like it. Acrylics are not something I've used much so it was a learning experience.

Grabbed the book today and did a couple one minute poses of duck using conte (which is messy and not my favorite!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2013/132279-ducks.jpg

DrDebby
03-19-2013, 08:04 PM
Wonderful ducks.

Joan T
03-20-2013, 09:51 PM
I can almost hear the dog panting!!! Love the shape of the duck beaks!

RainySea
03-28-2013, 03:46 PM
Sorry I've not been in the forum much lately! I got a new computer finally! Been learning how to work with it this past week. Its a mac and my old computer was a PC. So I don't have any graphic program except iPhoto which came with it right now. I'll probably purchase something soon, but for now not many options to resize so this the best I could figure out. BTW, I love the computer!

This was done in my Delta today just messing around it was various media combined.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Mar-2013/132279-grapes-small.jpg

Joan T
03-28-2013, 05:23 PM
Congrats on the new computer!!! Nice grapes with a dramatic shadow.

DrDebby
03-28-2013, 07:33 PM
Yay, new computer. Those grapes look good enough to eat. Very 3-D.

RainySea
03-29-2013, 07:38 PM
Thanks Joan and Debby.

A quick one outside today of one of my lanterns in the yard. I also started working on a pastel painting of my Dad as a youngster today. . . if anyone wants to see it coming along its in pastels here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19547029#post19547029).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/132279-lantern.jpg

DrDebby
03-29-2013, 09:04 PM
Cool lantern.

Joan T
03-29-2013, 09:26 PM
Nice job on the lantern. Love the portrait of your father...the curly hair came out really great!

RainySea
04-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Thanks Joan. . . I posted an update on the one of my Dad but still need to tweak a few things.

Playing around with some nupastels, couldn't get much details at this size

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Apr-2013/132279-babyme.JPG

DrDebby
04-03-2013, 07:01 PM
Great sketch.

vhere
04-04-2013, 03:37 PM
It has the feel of the era :)

Joan T
04-04-2013, 04:43 PM
I like this last sketch, although the little one looks like she wants down! lol

JTMB
04-05-2013, 03:15 PM
Catching up on your journal - nicely done. The pastel double-portrait piece looks fine, especially in small size which is tough for portraits in general, and especially with pastels. Good work!

gakinme
04-07-2013, 01:54 PM
Very nice sketches, Rainy. The portrait came out well, and your dog portraits are always very good.

RainySea
04-13-2013, 12:33 PM
Thank you very much Sandra, Viv, Debby, John and Joan. Viv, that is so cool that you could tell it was done from a photo from another era! The baby in the photo I drew this from is ME!!

A simple pencil sketch.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2013/132279-dane2.jpg

DrDebby
04-13-2013, 03:09 PM
Love the dog sketch.

MartinaL
04-14-2013, 03:55 AM
Well done! Is it your dog?

Martina

Joan T
04-14-2013, 11:55 AM
Nice lines on the sketch of the dog!

RainySea
04-15-2013, 01:14 PM
Thank you Joan, Martina and Debby. Nope, not one of my dogs. We have a TON of dogs in our rural neighborhood and many of them often come up to the fence to visit so no lack of lots of them around.

playing around in sketchbook yesterday with a mechanical pencil. . . last one got all smeary on page :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2013/132279-draw1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2013/132279-draw2.jpg

RainySea
04-15-2013, 06:36 PM
another doodle done this morning . . . recognize him?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2013/132279-draw3.jpg

DrDebby
04-15-2013, 09:40 PM
Great facial features. Cool gecko.

gakinme
04-19-2013, 10:40 AM
That is a very cute gecko. From Geico?

RainySea
04-19-2013, 05:39 PM
Yes, Sandra. . . he's the Geico Gecko :)

Kamber Parrk
04-20-2013, 04:59 PM
Hey RainySea,

Like the Gecko!

Your post #59 (ink drawing while watching hulu) has kind of a Robert Crumb feel to it.

RainySea
04-22-2013, 12:47 AM
Thanks Kamber.

done with a mechanical pencil. . . only two more pages left to finish up this book! I've enjoyed working in it but now am eager to move on to the Zeta :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2013/132279-bearded3.jpg

DrDebby
04-22-2013, 03:13 PM
Great portrait.

vhere
04-23-2013, 03:17 AM
Great portrait! And you are so disciplined to wait! I couldn't :)

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:43 AM
This last sketch is so nice!!!

RainySea
04-23-2013, 09:00 PM
Thanks Debby, Viv, and Joan.

Well. . . Viv, I couldn't wait either so I quickly finished this book so can move on to the Zeta :clap:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2013/132279-building2.jpg

Really messed up this girl's nose and mouth. . . wasn't gonna post but last page in book.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2013/132279-girl2.jpg

And now. . . ON TO THE ZETA!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

DrDebby
04-24-2013, 03:37 PM
Congrats on another finished sketchbook. Onto the Zeta. :)

Joan T
04-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Hi from Galway. I like that building and the sading on the girl. It is cold and damp, and I was pelted with hail while painting this morning...but having un. Hope to find an actual computer to post from soon. The Nook leaves somethin to be desired. Lol

Marmsk
05-10-2013, 04:44 AM
Great work, Rainy!

vhere
05-10-2013, 05:48 AM
I will be interested in what you do with the zeta