View Full Version : Sketching is fun

01-23-2013, 12:46 PM
I have enjoyed sketching in various sketchbooks and thought I would share them. The other day, sitting in Denia, I decided to sketch the Lottery ticket seller sitting on a ledge in the street. I am still self concious about sketching in public, but kept glancing at him to gather my info.

01-23-2013, 01:22 PM
Looks good, well done! I have never sketched in public...maybe I should give it a try.


01-23-2013, 03:31 PM
Great sketch. Congrats on the courage to sketch in public.

01-23-2013, 03:40 PM
Definitely great practice to sketch in public, but I know what you mean about feeling a bit uncomfortable. Interestingly, the last time I sketched from life was in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and I was sketching the person sitting across the room from me. A guy sitting a few people to my right was watching what I was doing (even though I was trying to be very subtle about it, he had figured out what I was doing). Then he starts to talk and says 'It's interesting to see this from the other side for a change.' So I asked if he was an artist, and he said, no - I'm a life model. That was definitely unexpected!

01-23-2013, 06:38 PM
Great sketch Eileen. I am another who does not sketch in public. Proud of you for giving it a go. I am told it gets easier over time. :) Cool story John, I was chatting to someone the other day about art and turns out he is a life model too.

Joan T
01-24-2013, 09:48 AM
Congrats on going out and sketching in public!!! It gets much easier after a while. I don't even hesitate (except when I'm sketching people who may notice I'm sketching them) any more. I don't even mind when people come over and look as long as they don't chat too much. You did a great job on the lottery seller...good work on the clothing.

01-24-2013, 10:56 AM
That is it, don't mind until the subject realises and becomes nervous. Then I get nervous!

01-24-2013, 01:28 PM
Yahoo! This is the first step and already you feel freer, yes?

01-24-2013, 01:35 PM
Good for you, Eileen.
I have just begun sketching in public and it's funny.
I feel like everyone must be watching me when exactly the opposite is true.

01-24-2013, 11:12 PM
The real truth is people hardly ever bother you when you sketch in public. I do it all the time. Waiters are more attentive in restaurants cause they want to catch surreptitious glances. You will get to where you don't even notice when others are watching you drawing, I don't, wouldn't know at all if my guy didn't tell me later. I live a long ways from the nearest life drawing group these days and I really miss that, but as long as I have a sketchbook and a pen or pencil any trip out of my house has potential life models, they just have clothes on. So keep it up, you too soon will be confidant on sketch crawls.

01-25-2013, 04:23 AM
Thank you for all the encouragement. I do love going out to sketch while waiting somewhere, or having a coffee at a local restaurant or bar. This one is in Denia, waiting while my husband is at the dentist!

01-25-2013, 04:49 AM
Brrrr! You've caught him looking cold!

01-25-2013, 10:27 AM
It was cold!!!

01-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Lovely palm tree.

01-29-2013, 01:54 PM
Sketching while enjoying a coffee at the bar on the beach is so lovely and peaceful. Seagrass on the dune, Bic pen.


01-29-2013, 04:28 PM
Great delicacy of line to create the grasses. Can hear the surf and gulls.

01-29-2013, 04:28 PM
beautiful pen and ink! Such delicate grass lines

01-29-2013, 05:30 PM
Great job of the grasses on the sand dune. Nice hint of the water.

01-31-2013, 02:50 PM
Inspiration from the monthly Inspiration thread, December with my Lamy Safari which I really like.

01-31-2013, 03:28 PM
Wonderful poppy sketch. Hmmm...maybe it's time to refill my Safari.

01-31-2013, 03:38 PM
Beautiful poppy. Glad you like your Safari.

01-31-2013, 04:20 PM
Nice job on the poppy. I have a couple of Lamy Safari pens and really like them too.

01-31-2013, 04:58 PM
Thank you all for your comments. I like the Safari and am going to get a fine nib one to go with it.

01-31-2013, 05:05 PM
Sitting at our favourite beach cafe I had time for another sketch. The grass has been fenced off to stabilize the dunes project.

01-31-2013, 07:31 PM
Nice perspective on the boardwalk. Beautiful scene.

Deborah Secor
02-02-2013, 01:17 PM
Hi Eileen--so nice to see these sketches! I like the Bic pen grasses, particularly, oh, and the poppy, too. I love peeking into other people's sketchbooks.

As to drawing people, it can feel a bit awkward at first but I do think you get really used to it. I always keep in mind that most everyone else who might catch on and see what I'm doing would be amazed and completely unable to do something similar. And most often the 'model', when they find out and ask to see the work, is impressed, too--even when it doesn't look remotely like them..! :lol: I like sketching people in art galleries/museums because people move slowly, and no one thinks anything of an artist sketching there, because you must be sketching the art!

02-02-2013, 03:02 PM
yaye - sketching in public, once you get stuck in the nervousness gives way to pure enjoyment. I used to be way to scared to even dare get a sketchbook out, now I take every opportunity. I started a group of plein air sketchers here in France a couple of years ago, and now there is a small not of dedicated souls who turn up at the various arranged venues. Not through the chilly months tho' me poor old joints is past that....Well done on the sketchin so far, really like the beach ones, esp the whispy grass...

02-06-2013, 05:16 PM
Not always being able to go out and sketch, weather is not always agreeable. I have been spending time going through old photos and found this one of a maple tree and buckets. I just had to sketch it in pen&ink.

02-06-2013, 05:24 PM
Delightful sketch. Yum, maple syrup.

02-06-2013, 05:29 PM
I really like both the dune and the maple tree sketches. Very well done!

02-06-2013, 07:58 PM
I don't mind sketching landscapes or even animals in public, but I'm VERY self-conscious sketching people because I don't want the person I'm sketching to know what I'm doing.
Eileen, your lottery guy sketch is very good, especially since you were only "sneaking peeks" at him. Nice sketches!

02-06-2013, 08:15 PM
Great sketches!

I've always been in awe of those who can create a really nice landscape with only a few ink lines as you've demonstrated so well here.

02-07-2013, 08:50 AM
John and Debby, Thank you for your kind comments. Michelle, that's exactly like me and why I take sneaky peaks. I get self concious. RCharleston, letting they eye finish the job saves me a lot of work! lol

02-12-2013, 09:58 AM
It does not matter what you sketch, anything can be interesting. I did this one for the scavenger hunt. It was great fun.


02-12-2013, 01:05 PM
Great counter trash still life. It's wounderful good fun sketching the "accidental" sill lives that surround us every day isn't it?

Joan T
02-12-2013, 05:06 PM
Eileen - You are really getting a lot of sketches done...and they are lovely! Of course I love the beach ones. I can't believe you did that one with a Bic pen!!! Awesome job on the poppy. What ink are you using in your Lamy? I have 2 Lamy Safaris and just got extra fine nibs for them. Great shading on the maple tree and buckets! If I ever get back to Spain we're going sketching!

02-12-2013, 05:15 PM
Joan, where do you get the nibs for your Lamy. I use Lamy ink cartridges at the moment but I do have the converter for using bottled ink. What ink do you use? I am enjoying sketching so much, very therapeutic. Thank you and Margo for your kind remarks.

02-12-2013, 10:35 PM
Wonderful ink sketch of such common items. :)

02-13-2013, 02:25 AM
Wonderful work! Really like the "trash-sketch" :)


02-13-2013, 02:29 PM
Eileen, I know you asked Joan but I get my Lamy nibs from either Jetpens or Goulet, not sure if that is an affordable option in Spain.

02-13-2013, 02:53 PM
The seagrass on the dunes and the beach scene are great! Makes me want to take a trip to the beach!

02-13-2013, 04:42 PM
Margo, I plan to visit Raleigh, N.C. in Sept-Oct...perhaps something there.
Lee, thank you, and that is a great place to relax. Thank you Martina.
Today I sat in a Cafe in the Marques de Campo in Denia and did a quick sketch of the scene. I really am not fond of doing buildings as I am not very good at it, but I really must get to grip with it.


02-13-2013, 06:00 PM
Cool sketch.

02-13-2013, 10:18 PM
The trash page is great! The black and red looks so good together!

02-14-2013, 11:08 AM
Nice work on the trash and the building - now there's an impressive range of subject matter! :)

02-14-2013, 01:13 PM
Well Eileen, that is plenty of time to get a delivery from either Goulet or Jet Pens they both ship in a quick and timely fashion. Both websites have good customer reviews as well, so you can haunt them to see what you want. Goulet has a huge array of Noodlers inks which I love, some are water resistant others not. Platinum Carbon ink is popular with many of us in our Lamy's and is water resistant. Plus if you are going to be in North Carolina you really must go to Jerry's Artarama, and Cheap Joe's in located there as well.

I join you in needing to spend more time sketching buildings, and the doing is the only way to learn.

02-15-2013, 03:47 AM
Jerry's is definitely on my 'to do list',:thumbsup: must try Cheap Joe's as well. Can't wait!:D

02-15-2013, 02:33 PM
it will be fun, and such a lot of beauty to sketch in that area.

Joan T
02-15-2013, 09:15 PM
Eileen - Nice sketch of the building!!! You may not feel comfortable sketching them but it doesn't show. I just did a Goulet order for the first time. They are very quick. I got some sample inks and some new nibs for my Lamys.

03-02-2013, 03:31 PM
I am away with high hopes of doing some plein air but it is soooo cold, wet and windy, not conducive for spending any time outdoors. But today was beautiful and with a trip to Barcelona planned I had high hopes. They were dashed as my husband has developed gastro enteritis and is proper poorly as we say. I am so tired after a sleep deprived night I slept this afternoon away. Oh get me back home so I can scan the couple I did do in the museum to post and get back HOME! Not fun being sick in the hotel although they have been absolutely marvellous.

03-02-2013, 08:10 PM
Oh Eileen, how awful. Hope hubby feels better soon.

03-10-2013, 04:48 AM
We returned early and my husband is fine now. I did not get the bug and am fine. We have been out and about. I try to sketch but with the DH waiting for me I always feel pressured to finish or abandon the work. I am hoping to join a sketching group this month so I can leave him in the comfort at home and enjoy unhurried sketching. I did this little sketch in Denia while he was at the opticians but as usual came back to soon. I have started taking a photo from the angle of my sketch before I leave so I can do some finishing at home. Yesterday I walked through the village to sketch this old house and the dogs next door to it set up such a commotion I had to move one...oh the joys of plein air.

03-10-2013, 04:53 AM
As you can see I had to leave before finishing the shading was finished. But I can go back and hope that chair at the cafe is vacant! :lol:

03-10-2013, 10:02 AM
Such a shame about your trip. Nice sketches.

03-10-2013, 02:17 PM
Is there something hubby could do while you sketched? Maybe get him to take up sketching himself? :) Even not completely shaded that's a great sketch.

03-10-2013, 02:19 PM
Sorry about your trip. Your sketches are very nice though. You will find that the more you sketch the quicker you will get. In the meantime unfinished is better than not started at all.

03-11-2013, 05:18 PM
Eileen, you have such nice trash :D hope you get to finish your shading...

Joan T
03-12-2013, 05:21 PM
I like this one with the fountain...I can almost hear the water.

It is nice to go out with a group to sketch so you don't feel like someone is there with a watch checking how long you've been sketching. lol Glad to hear that your hubby is feeling better. It is a horrible feeling to be away from home and not feeling well.

03-17-2013, 06:01 AM
There was a village fete, fair, fira, the other day and we enjoyed some wonderful music. Sitting listening gave me time to sketch the musicians.


03-17-2013, 02:56 PM
Marvelous sketch of the musicians.

03-17-2013, 03:22 PM
Wonderful sketch. Sometimes it just takes rethinking sketching time to include you other half. Mine is leary of me going alone because I get so lost in what I'm doing I'm not very aware of what is going on around me. He takes a book along, or sometimes I even manage to get him to sketch too.

04-05-2013, 08:56 AM
Stopped a cafe for a lunch. While waiting for the food I did a quick sketch of the pots arranged on the end of the bar.

04-05-2013, 02:50 PM
Nice job on both the band and the pots.

04-05-2013, 03:38 PM
Delightful sketch of the pots.

04-06-2013, 03:48 AM
Nice one

04-06-2013, 09:13 AM
great musicians, and love those cafe pots, cool sketchin' :D

04-15-2013, 12:01 PM
This one was fun. I found this huge worm in the garden. Scatty suggested it needed to be in my garden journal....I don't have a dedicated garden journal so I thought I would just stick it on here as it was fun to do.
It was a BIG flowerpot!

04-15-2013, 01:11 PM
lovely painting/sketch. great color and form

04-15-2013, 01:21 PM
I think Rainy said it.

04-15-2013, 04:41 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments. Makes sketching even more fun.
BTW, I got my Lamy extra fine pen nib!! :clap::clap::clap:

Joan T
04-15-2013, 05:20 PM
You captured the poses of the musicians well! I like that sketch of the pots at the bar. Great sketch of the snake in the garden...good textures.

Another lady with an extra fine pen nib...we should form a club. lol

04-15-2013, 05:35 PM
:lol: Snake? snake? its tis a WORM.:lol: :D

04-15-2013, 09:43 PM
A very big worm! Great job.

04-16-2013, 03:55 AM
Huge! And a great sketch.

04-16-2013, 07:19 AM
We live near a picturesque village and must go more often to sketch. I did this one recently while wandering the streets.
I would have liked to stay longer but dogs barking in a nearby courtyard drove me away.:envy:

04-16-2013, 12:11 PM
What a lovely sketch, and I agree you should go to the village more often with pencil or pen in hand.

04-16-2013, 03:28 PM
Marvelous sketch. With scenes like this I'm surprised you aren't there more often.

04-16-2013, 04:40 PM
cool little lane, yes yes, must do more sketchin', t'is so fun, and a tad addictive don't ya know :D ...and I just lurve that worm, it's a corker. Was diggin' me compost today, riddled with lots a little riggly worms, they made me think of you and your monster worm...;)

Joan T
04-16-2013, 09:44 PM
I like the way you did that rock wall in the landscape. Nice!

04-17-2013, 03:49 AM
Thank you all, I am going to visit the village more for the purpose of sketching. It is a lovely place. I did a quick one of two men gossiping on the bridge over the barranca, will post later.

04-18-2013, 10:51 AM
Finally scanned the sketch I did sitting in the car in our village waiting for my husband. He came back too soon.

04-18-2013, 01:17 PM
Great. Waiting sketches are always fun to do, and it seems no matter how fast you are they rarely make it to the finished state imagined. And yet it served it's purpose, you didn't get bored and every line drawn adds to what will come.

04-18-2013, 03:15 PM
Great sketch. Did you tell him to go away again? :lol:

04-18-2013, 05:08 PM
Yes, but he never listens to me! lol!

04-19-2013, 10:52 AM
Eileen, I really enjoy your city sketches with people in it. They are fun to look at. Your beach scenes are very good. Loose but tells a lot. Love the worm page. You should do more watercolor.

Joan T
04-19-2013, 10:03 PM
I like the sketch you did while waiting for your husband. Glad you made good use of your time.

04-20-2013, 04:51 AM
Thank you for your comments.
I passed this on the road several times but there is no place to stop and draw. I got my husband to stop the car when there was no traffic and quickly took a few photos for reference. I do want to do a water colour of it as the soil was so red. For now just this pen and ink sketch. I must get some waterproof ink for my Lamy pen.

04-20-2013, 12:28 PM
wow! The last sketch is very very beautiful!!

My youtube channel about sketching:

04-20-2013, 03:10 PM

04-20-2013, 03:40 PM
Marvelous pen & ink. Bet it'll look wonderful in watercolor as well.

04-21-2013, 10:08 PM
I'm glad you were able to get the last sketch done, Eileen.
Some of my "best sketches" were never done because there was no place to stop. That can be frustrating.

04-22-2013, 12:38 AM
LOVE the house. . . nice shading, great ink sketch. well done!

05-08-2013, 10:02 AM
I struggle so much with watercolour. I am trying to get back into it. Thanks for the comments. I have done one or two more sketches lately, this one in the garden.
I need to spend more time on this one.

05-08-2013, 01:01 PM
wow!!! Its beautiful the sketch in the garden!!

05-08-2013, 03:20 PM
Lovely pen & ink of the garden.

05-10-2013, 04:55 AM
Another 'waiting' sketch, while my husband is at the dentist!

05-10-2013, 02:42 PM
A great "waiting" sketch.

05-11-2013, 02:01 PM
One of our favourite place is Forna. It is a picturesque village in the mountains overlooked by its ancient castle.

05-11-2013, 03:06 PM
So cool you have a castle to sketch.

Joan T
05-24-2013, 04:11 PM
I love what you can do when you're waiting for someone. I really like that garden sketch.

05-26-2013, 04:55 AM
I have worked more on the garden sketch, the garden is always there. I guess I should update the sketch.
Yes, I live in a place where I have some wonderful scenes to sketch. We went recently to Cordoba and Seville. Came back with a horrendous cold, hence my absence from WC, however a couple of sketches I managed. I could go and sketch there forever, but had to make do with coffee breaks and free time. I am scanning them now and will post soon.

05-26-2013, 02:47 PM
I like what you've done to the garden sketch.

06-09-2013, 09:03 AM
Got in a quick sketch while enjoying a coffee in Córdoba on our visit there recently.

06-11-2013, 11:28 AM
Coffee and sketching. The only thing better would be tea and sketching. :) Great sketch.

Joan T
06-13-2013, 09:30 PM
Nice sketch of the coffee shop!!! I'll have a decaf!

06-14-2013, 06:26 AM
Nice one

06-18-2013, 11:20 PM
Eileen, really like your big worm. Great colors. And Forna is so dramatic.

07-21-2013, 06:45 AM
On our trip to Cordoba I had the opportunity to sit in the Mosque and sketch. It was such a lovely interlude.

07-21-2013, 04:11 PM
Lovely architecture.

08-23-2013, 11:06 AM
From an American village a old house front. Quite an interesting shape.

08-23-2013, 04:40 PM
Great sketch. Reminds me of visiting my grandparents.

Joan T
08-24-2013, 08:17 PM
Super job on all those arches!!:thumbsup: Love the house too.

05-01-2014, 05:48 PM
Been away ages, but I had eye surgery with complications and still suffer with double vision, which makes reading text on a computer, or reading anything very difficult. However, I get some work in when I can....cannot give up sketching. Hard to see the end of my pen or paintbrush. Its a bummer.

05-01-2014, 08:38 PM
So sorry to hear about your vision issues. That's got to be tough. I'm surprised you are continuing to sketch under the circumstances. That is a sweet toy sketch.

05-02-2014, 04:17 AM
I hope it settles soon it must be awful. What was the surgery?

05-02-2014, 05:11 PM
It was for cataracts. I had both eyes done, a month apart and on the completion of the second eye I noticed that the image that always was slightly double was considerable worse. The fear is an old eye injury to the nerve has cause the problem. It is hardest when I get tired. I have on image above the other...it is strange working out where the point of my pencil or paintbrush is....I have to blink alot! :confused: However, I shall persevere as I adore sketching.

05-03-2014, 02:16 PM
Hang in there. Eyes supposedly heal quickly. Hope your vision settles soon.

thom futrell
05-03-2014, 05:12 PM
that looks great!

Joan T
05-09-2014, 05:01 PM
Sorry about the problem with your vision. That makes being creative a challenge. Love this sketch...so cute. Did you stop your sketching blog? When I click on it I get some of your images and other images too. It doesn't look anything like your blog.

05-10-2014, 04:18 AM
Do they think it will settle? Or your brain adjust and compensate? I do hope so.

I remember a programme where someone was put in glasses that made him see everything upside down and after a while his brain flipped everything the right way up. Fingers crossed that one way or another your vision settles.

I had vision correction laser surgery just before Easter.

06-22-2014, 06:28 AM
I have to keep sketching, getting withdrawal symptoms.


06-22-2014, 02:22 PM
Darling rabbit. Can't have you suffering withdrawals.

06-30-2014, 09:11 PM
Great rabbit! Love the accuracy and beautiful stipple shading. Gorgeous pen style you have. Stippling takes such patience but gives glorious values.

07-02-2014, 06:54 AM
Makes my eyes cross but I find it very therapeutic. Thank you for your kind comments

07-02-2014, 09:31 AM
I love bees and cannot stress how important to us enough. We really need to take their survival seriously.

07-02-2014, 02:36 PM
I agree. In fact I've kept bees. They have all died off now. :( DH and I will work on setting up the hives again when we can devote more time to them. The drawing is stunning.

07-03-2014, 10:48 AM
Thank you for your comments. I love bees.

07-03-2014, 05:50 PM
Great bee! I love bees and while I'm not good around them - never been stung but not really capable of the kind of physical labor needed to take care of them - I love honey. It's a staple in my life. They are the canaries in the coal mine. If they're dying off it can't be good for everything else including mammals and us.

07-06-2014, 12:26 PM
Without bees Einstein says we have 4 years and that's it!
We need to care about them and save them to save ourselves!

07-18-2014, 07:05 AM
A sketch of the well at Benidoleig in Spain.

07-18-2014, 02:07 PM
Wonderful sketch with pen and watercolor.

Joan T
07-18-2014, 09:05 PM
Marvelous work on the rabbit and the bee. You are doing amazing work considering your eye problem, Eileen. Wow!

07-24-2014, 09:56 AM
I wear glasses to help my eyes focus and I am able to draw again. Thank you all for your kind comments.

07-25-2014, 05:24 AM
Great bee!

And yes, no bees equals no crops equals no people

07-25-2014, 09:37 AM
Great sketch! Love the way you used the watersoluble pens to create those lovely loose washes. I've got some Stabilo pens that are great for that, your color choices are elegant too.

With you on the bees. It's insane, they've identified the cause of colony collapse disorder and yet they're still trying to amp up the pesticides and fight any legislation against it. I would think that food conglomerates would grasp the connection and adapt what they're doing, but I guess corporations lack any common sense.

07-26-2014, 12:37 AM
Looks good, well done! I have never sketched in public...maybe I should give it a try.


You should. Just start with something simple and quick like the tv or reception desk

08-02-2014, 08:39 AM
The bee is stunning!

08-05-2014, 07:23 AM
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Jenny, Robert, the Betty, it is great encouragement.