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04-01-2013, 05:38 PM
Oh Boy - am I really excited about these photos…..


do whatever you like….go abstract, pointillism….or standard ….get wild with colors or be restricted to 2 or three……..so some cool crops….whatever……

Janet and Brian are gonna add a few more photos too…..so - we have two months to spend time with these.

I'lll say the dancer lady really looks like she would do well in a Beardsley style, eh.

04-01-2013, 05:44 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2013/88676-3236810740_87863c98bc_z.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2013/88676-3331353325_78eff62956_o.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2013/88676-3474487125_94597bfc8d_o.gif Valentina Blinova in L"Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) Balets Russes, Sydney 1936-37
Max Dupain - State Library of New South Wales collection

boy in mask - from A Diamond Fell From the Sky - Flickr

Telyn Gothic newydd i Christie Lee, 9oed, o Ros-y-bol - LIGC - NLW's photo stream -the commons flickr

Nationaal Archief's photo stream - Girl with young lions in Artis (Amsterdam Zoo)

04-01-2013, 05:45 PM
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Aberystwyth, The Parade and Beach - Francis Bedfore 1816 - 1894) National Media Museum's photo stream

The fire brigade is training in Stockholm - 1949 Stockholm Transport Museum Commons photo stream

04-02-2013, 08:09 AM
And here are some more. I took all of them myself, so there are no copyright issues:








04-02-2013, 08:41 AM
There are a lot of goodies here, so I'll only add three from the w/c library.
With the other threads, this should keep us very busy.




04-03-2013, 11:51 AM
Super photos!!

04-08-2013, 10:18 AM
Thank you for the references, Robin, Brian, Janet. Here are a couple.

Derwent drawing pencil and pitt oil base pencil


A colored pencil piece.


04-08-2013, 07:14 PM
Great photos Brian and Janet - thanks.....

Sandra - colorful cow, magic no doubt. I like the expressions on the woman & cub's faces.

So many photos I like - have to get busy:D

04-09-2013, 12:14 AM
Nice work thus far! I hope to make time to also participate.

04-10-2013, 10:45 AM
A brush drawing with simple homemade ink on a piece of scrap paper, hence the rather crude image, the bit of typing visible through the paper and the inevitable buckling of the paper. I draw mostly on scrap paper or cheap printer paper - one learns every bit as much and, well, it's cheap. :-)


04-10-2013, 11:06 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/88676-church.gif Brian - good one, she really looks young and hopeful.....the harp is so large but not foreboding......a happy piece.

here are two one with gel pen and one with ball point on pink http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/88676-giraffe.gif

04-11-2013, 12:50 PM
sandra...i really like the girl with the animals,,really nice piece.......brian...how do you make your homemade ink? love the harp,,,nice and bold......tyree:wave:

04-11-2013, 12:53 PM
robin.....that was bold to do that cathedral....is that what you would call a byzantine style ??? so nicely done.......and the giraffe is nice and bright and i love all his spots:D i too have spots:D ......tyree:heart:

04-11-2013, 01:12 PM
brian...how do you make your homemade ink? love the harp,,,nice and bold......tyree:wave:

One can actually hardly even call it ink, but works quite nicely. I wrote a blog post about it ages ago:


One can also make one's own Medieval style ink, and it's great, messy fun - if anyone is interested I'll post a recipe.

04-12-2013, 06:31 AM
brian...thats very interesting thank you for showing me....i would be interested in the other method too....tyree:wave:

04-12-2013, 11:07 AM
brian...thats very interesting thank you for showing me....i would be interested in the other method too....tyree:wave:

This recipe is based on the ink Medieval scribes used, except we use tea instead of the oak galls as they did (in Medieval Europe, tea was still unknown, but whether you use tea or oak galls, the "active" ingredient is tannin).

Here's how to go about it. First take a good quantity of steel wool, put it into an old glass or cup that you do not mind getting all messy, cover it in vinegar and leave it for a few days. The vinegar will dissolve quite a bit of iron (and there will also be plenty of rust forming). So after a few days you have vinegar with a lot of unappetizing gunk in it.

Then make some ultra-strong tea. Four teabags in half a cup of water works well, and let it steep for ten or twenty minutes - the stronger you get it the better. Such tea makes a quite attractive light brown ink in itself, by the way.

Now take some of the gunky steel wool juice and mix it with the tea. One has to experiment a bit to get the right mixture, because no two batches of tea or steel wool juice will be precisely equally strong (looking through Medieval manuscripts, I am always struck by the variation in the colour of their ink). A good rule of thumb seems to be about a 1-1 mixture of the two.

It is quite interesting to see: you put your tea in a container and drip in the steel wool juice, and you'll notice that where they mix, the mixture immediately turns blue-black. But even a very black-looking ink may still look rather pale grey or brown on paper; it does tend to darken with age.

At the school where I teach, I had some of the kids use this ink last year, to make their own illuminated manuscripts. Here's an example:


The ink has a rather strong smell of vinegar, and it isn't particularly archival because of the acid - apparently, lots of priceless Medieval manuscripts are falling apart as the ink they were written with eats through the parchment.

But it's great fun to draw with. Just one thing that I did notice. While the ink works well with a reed pen, it can be difficult to use with a metal dip pen. It tends not to flow very well. We found that adding a few drops of detergent to it helps to break the liquid's surface tension, after which it flows better. Once again one has to make a few batches and experiment.

04-12-2013, 11:34 AM
Brian, like the girl being small and the harp being big. Different take on the photo and it tells a story. Thanks also for the non-ink recipe.

Robin always love your buildings. They are always a little tipsy (like Wanda Gag) and a style of your own. The giraffe is neat too. :heart:

04-12-2013, 11:37 AM
Brian, the manuscript ink loos interesting too and I love to see children being creative. They are good at it.

04-12-2013, 02:03 PM
Brian, like the girl being small and the harp being big. Different take on the photo and it tells a story.

It wasn't really intentional: I hadn't tried drawing with this sort of medium in ages, and I was focusing so much on the medium that I kind of forgot about getting the shapes and proportions right. :lol:

04-15-2013, 06:26 AM
brian....thank you very much for the input....its very interesting reading.....!!!! tyree:wave:

04-16-2013, 01:58 AM
Brian, I was very interested in your recipe for hand-made ink. Also the illuminated manuscript from the child at school is excellent!!

Nice work everyone on the images so far. Sandra, I love the lady with cubs. Brian, good work on the harpist,. And Robin, I love the ink drawings, especially the giraffe.

I have saved a couple of photos ...but haven't made a start as yet!! Luckily its a 2-monther!!

04-17-2013, 12:04 AM
Brian, good contrast for the harpist.

Robin, the giraffe looks so comical.

The first one is Sharpie Ultra Fine marker and Mungyo oil pastel on deep pink cardstock 8.5 x 11 inch. I'm on a pink spree at the moment. The skin tone was a bit ugly. I'm glad I kept my Kimberly Watercolor pencils because it has the most sensible colors in a small pack.


04-17-2013, 06:20 AM
sandra....i like this one very much.....its so beautifully done....tyree:heart:

04-17-2013, 03:07 PM
Thank you, Susan.

04-17-2013, 06:24 PM
A few tries in ATC size paintings.





04-21-2013, 09:52 PM
Very nice, June. I like all of them. The middle one is very classy.

04-22-2013, 09:16 AM
Sandra I like the pink background and orange dancer, You wouldn't think it but the colors go very well together in this piece.

Yes, June, very elegant. I always liked the eye makeup on dancers, Very dramatic and you have nice eye lines on the second dancer. Black and white girl also very calm and beautiful. :heart:

04-27-2013, 07:30 AM
Sandra, I love your delicate ballerina. I think pink and blue go well together. She looks very caught up in her dance pose! It would be a lovely illustration for a children's book/story!!

05-09-2013, 09:57 AM
Here are a couple of sketches:



05-09-2013, 10:00 AM
Brian's tree in acrylic:


05-09-2013, 10:35 AM
Nice work, everyone; I'm glad to see my photos are of some use.

Me, I'm right in the middle of the daddy of all cold/flu attacks, so I fear it will be a while before I make so much as a quick sketch again.

05-10-2013, 09:15 AM
Brian...Have a hot toddy and get well.


I'll try to do a few more photos. It's fun, as always.

05-10-2013, 11:15 AM
great shapes and brickwork,,,,love the entertwining tree!!!! tyree:clap:

05-10-2013, 01:59 PM
Brian...Have a hot toddy and get well.

Oh, I have it all worked out. I get some over-the-counter flu medicine. It doesn't matter what symptom it is supposedly good for. What is important that it should be the kind of medicine that carries a warning that it will make you drowsy, especially if you take alcohol with it.

I then take a good dose of the medicine and combine it with a tot or two of sherry. It knocks me out within half an hour, I sleep twelve or more hours and the next day I feel like a new person.

Secret to beating off the flu? Get some good sleep. :-)

Nice painting! I'll see if and when I can get around to the paint along. I kind of prefer working from life. Reference photos always completely defeat me. :-)

05-10-2013, 05:39 PM
Janet, you have some zany cartonny pen work there. Very cute. I do like both of your trees.

Here's mine.

Colored pencils on black cardstock 4x6 inch


05-14-2013, 07:44 PM
Wow, Janet that wall is great!! I have one of that photo WIP - I'm pretty sure it won't come close to yours, though. Good job!!!

Sandra - I just LOVE the expressions on your cubs! Goofy, playful, FULL of Kitty cat mischief.

05-14-2013, 07:46 PM
June, the three ladies are all so beautiful - great facial shading. the one nuzzling the cubs is spot on!!!

05-16-2013, 07:00 AM
Sandra...good looking cubs. I like the dark look.

Robin...Waiting to see your stone wall. The fun of Photo is the different interpretations of the same picture.

I hope I can do more before the end of the month, :heart:

05-26-2013, 09:17 PM
Here is the stone wall and the kitty cat

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05-26-2013, 09:18 PM
and the space cadethttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-May-2013/88676-spacecadet.gif

05-28-2013, 05:34 PM
Janet, you are really on a roll. Very cute sketches.

Robin, the colors on the stone wall and the space cadet is really good.

Strathmore gray toned sketchbook 80 lb. Not sure why my Parker fountain pen with Pen & Ink waterproof india ink (non-clogging) feathers so badly on this surface. I had no problem with Uniball and Sharpie. I have to test this nib on other surface soon.


05-31-2013, 06:39 AM
Sandra - that is a nice sketch......too bad it bled out like that.

Have you tried the Noodler's flex nib? I got one for around $15 and it is the best ! They have 'em at Jetpens.

05-31-2013, 09:03 AM
Love the bird...such delicate lines, Janet. And the acrylic of the tree is wonderful.

05-31-2013, 09:05 AM
Sandra, the dark one of the cubs gives the image a completely different and interesting mood.

Robin, I love your wall and kitty but especially like the space cadet!

06-02-2013, 05:11 AM
Sandra, you really aced that beach scene...I thought it was almost impossible to do.

Robin, I do love your drawings. My wall is OK...but yours has a lot more personality (can a wall have personality? Why not?) and I always love ***** cats. :heart: