View Full Version : Monthly OP Sketch Thread June 2013

Shirl Parker
05-31-2013, 05:41 PM
This sketch thread is open to all Oil Pastelists. You are invited to share any sketching you've been doing this month, be it detailed ones, quick ones, ideas for paintings or value studies. Basically, just show us what you're working on! There is NO time limit, so knock yourselves out!

It would be great if you could share with us the paper and pastels you are using, as well as the size of your sketch. We do love the details! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat Isaac
05-31-2013, 06:04 PM
Thanks, Shirl for setting this up. Hope we all have a good sketch month.


06-06-2013, 06:48 AM
I'm first this month? :)

My friend has been keeping this guy in her freezer for a couple of weeks until I was back from my hols and we could sketch him during our weekly "Drink & Draw" session. This took about 1 hr 40mins with Holbein oil pastels on a 12x9 sheet of Colourfix.


Next week we're going to draw his underside. After that, I might experiment with painting him in a style that's a little more wild and loose.

Pat Isaac
06-06-2013, 08:31 AM
Nicely done E-J. I really like the rusty color of the crab with the green background.


06-06-2013, 08:44 AM
Thanks, Pat. I was rather inspired by Van Gogh's wonderful crab studies http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldt6fqiYE11qbyk5qo1_500.jpg - though my own crab is quite subdued compared to his!

06-07-2013, 01:23 AM
its very nice.!!

I've started a new picture of one of my cats. Her name is Tiger Lily Blossom. The only other time I tried to draw her she ended up looking like Garfield. So far I'm liking where this one is going. I forgot to mention that this is Cray Pas Specialists on Canson paper

Pat Isaac
06-07-2013, 09:39 AM
This is a lovely start....not Garfield at all....lol


06-07-2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks Pat! :)

06-09-2013, 05:59 AM
Hello folks,

Long time again... thanks for hosting the thread as always, Shirl.

E-J, it is so nice to see your works here again. Great crab! Here we have many crabs in local market and your work makes me try them (for eating and painting both :) ) Looking forward to the underside and experiment.

thopolis, nice lovely sketch. I like the colour. Looking forward to the nest step.

Well, here are some of my sketches in this month. I also sketched a lot last month so I'll post them somewhere if I have a chance.

The 1st of June was my younger son's third birthday. Currently he is in Japan so I celebrated his birthday over FaceTime, a kind of internet video talk. I captured some images that time and I referred to one of them. Sennelier, Cray-pas specialists and neopastel on a pastel paper.

Small aubergine that is probably indigenous to Southeast Asia. I used them for cooking ratatouille. Sennelier and Cray-Pas specialist on a cheap sketchbook.

A hat from a local market in Bangkok. I realised that my had was for winter and I needed to have a summer one here! Sennelier and Cray-Pas on a sketchpad.

Bananas and rambutans on a plate. I love tropical fruits here. :) Sennelier, neopastel and Cray-Pas on a sketch pad.

A fan from a museum. Maybe it was made for a kind of event last year. Sennelier and neopastel
on a sketch pad.

This is a specimen of a Caribbean gastropod shell (queen conch). It produces a conch pearl. Sennelier, Cray-Pas and neopastel were used on a pastel paper.

Another shell specimen of Indian volute from SE Asia. It produces melo pearls. Sennelier, Cray-Pas and neopastel on a pastel paper.

Thanks for looking.

Pat Isaac
06-09-2013, 08:17 AM
Wonderful sketches, as always, Yusuke. Those shells are amazing!!! Happy Birthday to your son....time flies. Where are you now?


06-09-2013, 08:20 AM
Thanks, Pat. I'm in Bangkok, Thailand.

Shirl Parker
06-10-2013, 10:10 AM
Terrific work Yusuke, especially the shells as Pat says. :clap:

06-10-2013, 12:32 PM
Hi EJ, great job on the crab - I also like your background, gives the shell more prominence. Crab shells remind me of rust - so many cool colors to expose.

Hi Theopolis: I really like your choice of colors - her fur is looking nice and fluffy , great texture too!

Hi Yusuke: So nice to see your works again! Your son is so cute, love his smile! You get such great details, the hat is a great example - wow. My favorite are the sea shells, the pearl-like sheen and gorgeous soft-pastel colors are superb ~

06-11-2013, 08:44 PM
Thanks, Shirl and Mary.

Let me post more...

Sourdough roll from a bakery in my neighborrhood. Sennelier and Cray-Pas specialist on a pastel paper.

Black peppers in a container with a grinder. Sennelier, neopastel and Cray-Pas on a sketchpad.


06-12-2013, 07:18 AM
Wow, some amazing sketches. I particularly like the crab and the shells, I haven't had a chance to go back further in the thread.

I've got a question, though. With some of the expensive sticks you all are using, how come you choose to go with cheap sketch paper? Do you just happen to be swimming in greenbacks, or does cheap sketch paper have better archival qualities, in general, than I thought? I wouldn't be brave enough to just 'sketch' with a Selennier. ;)

06-12-2013, 10:20 AM
Yusuke, your work is just so incredible! Love the bread, your coloring and lines shows the wonderful crustiness one would expect with the bread. The pepper jar - great glass work and reflections. It's wonderful to see your sketches.

06-13-2013, 09:03 AM
theopolis, I like the way your cat's coming along there - and the use of purples!

Yusuke, your YOUNGER son's third birthday?? Where on earth has all that time gone? I love the variety of your sketches. The green aubergine is gorgeous - I would love to try ratatouille with a Japanese twist! The colours in the rambutans are amazing, too. Did you get such delicate lines by scratching through to other colours, or by sharpening your OPs? And you've captured the nacreous quality of the conch shell perfectly.

thevaliantx, I guess the paper you use ultimately depends on what you envisage doing with the sketches once they are finished, but if it's just for the joy of practice, who's to worry? And if we don't sketch with our Senneliers/Caran d'Ache/Holbeins, how will we ever get to know them and feel comfortable handling them? I prefer to use a traditional pastel paper for sketches, or Colourfix if I'm using Senns as they do tend to seep through thinner papers (and I have ended up selling some of my sketches). But I take the view that the only way to really waste materials is not to use them. :wink2:

"Drink & Draw" continues apace! Last night we flipped over our crabby friend and drew his underside. This is 12x9 and took 1 hr 45mins with Holbein oil pastels on Colourfix.


06-13-2013, 09:30 AM
Great crab E-J, the details really caught my attention. How did you manage those fine lines - use the OP, oil pencil or pastel pencil. They are really well done. Nice subtle color changes and great shadows showing him resting slightly at an angle.

Love your work on Flickr - beautiful portfolio!

06-13-2013, 12:48 PM
EJ, you're right .... I'm having a difficult time deciding WHY I want to sketch. Part of me says that it will only make me better, we all know that to be true. I'm not nearly as good at this point as I could be. I only say that because I know something is holding me back. I know that this all began for me because of a spiritual dream, and the need to express what I saw in that dream. Beyond that, I feel lost, without a purpose.

About the wasting of material. It's such a dilemma for me, the indecision, that I don't even sketch anything on the back of any material I'm using, because of the 'what if'. What if this is something that I want framed? What if both sides were worthy of framing? I WISH that I could just sketch because it's fun, but it's a chore for me. Part of me sees the challenge of mastering a subject through sketching, and part of me doesn't know when to stop with a sketch. If I go too far it becomes a drawing or painting, and now I've done that on a poor surface, whereas if it were on a better surface it would be wall-worthy.

You are SO right about using materials, making mistakes and LEARNING, rather than letting them rot and never getting to experience what comes out the other end of the brush (or pencil, pen or stick).

I apologize for all the drama. I took a break awhile back to get into figure skating (at the age of 40) and COULD have been really good at that (would never been able to do the jumps, though) and what I really enjoyed about it (besides the adrenaline rush and danger of it all) was that coach told me what to do and I'd just hit the ice (not literally, well that did happen a few times, and it HURTS) and do it. I did the easy part, the one that comes with so much danger. Coach was the one who had to figure out how to get me to where she felt I could be. With a paintbrush, stick or pen, though I'm in charge of my destiny. So many decisions to make. Each decision can take you in the opposite direction of where you intended to go, and runs the risk of being irreversible. With figure skating, pretty much anything can be reverse-engineered.

I'm out. Perhaps others here have a similar dilemma to mine, and I suspect there are many here who do. Art ain't easy for those who question their every move.

06-13-2013, 01:50 PM
I don't really think of it as "art" when I'm sketching something that I've plonked in front of me. That's one of the great things about the weekly drawing session I have with my friend, and I think it's the reason we always seem to come out at the end of it with sketches we're quite pleased with: neither of us aims for any more lofty goal than looking, really looking, at an everyday thing.

If you're worried about using both sides of your paper in case both sketches are successful, then only use one side (it's not a waste if it means it is available to be framed or given/sold one day). As you get more practised, you won't be worrying anymore that when you get a good sketch, it's a one-off that you can't repeat. You will be able to tackle that subject again if you want to, and you'll draw it faster because you already know it, and you'll be free to take it in one of the directions you didn't take it the first time. :)

You said, "Each decision can take you in the opposite direction of where you intended to go, and runs the risk of being irreversible." Yes, so you have the choice to either scrape it back to how you originally wanted it to be, or just go with the flow and let it take you to a new place of its own choosing. Have you ever read "Art & Fear" by David Bayles & Ted Orland? If not, I think you would find it illuminating. I've found it very helpful at times when I've done more hesitating and questioning and avoiding than actual artmaking. :)

06-13-2013, 01:53 PM
Thanks Mary! The fine lines were just flicks of the tip of an oil pastel.

Pat Isaac
06-13-2013, 05:16 PM
Missed those last few sketches, Yusuke.....I always love seeing your crusty bread, just amazing.


06-13-2013, 10:08 PM
I always love your bread sketches Yusuke!!!

Nice job on all of them.

Awsome crab EJ!

06-15-2013, 01:58 AM
E-J, incredible crab!! What great colors and texture.

Yusuke, your son's portrait is so cheerful, and lovely bread and shells. The hat has such great colors.

Today, I went to the painting retreat and of the 12 pieces I did, a few are oil pastels.

Make believe bird

watercolor and Caran D'Ache Neopastel on Stillman & Birn Alpha 9x12 inch spiral


Caran D'Ache Neopastel and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Alpha 9x12 inch spiral


Caran D'Ache Neopastel
Kraft cardstock 8.5 x 11 inch
Pentel calligraphy pocket brush pen


You could see the other sketches from this post here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19660752&postcount=815).

Pat Isaac
06-15-2013, 08:51 AM
Lovely sktches, Sandra....especially like the bird creeping by the grasses.


06-15-2013, 01:20 PM
Lovely art Sandra. The third piece has my eye - just offers a wonderful soft atmosphere!

06-15-2013, 11:23 PM
EJ, I love that crab. So beautiful. Iím looking forward to more, when you do the underside. My Chinese home carer looked on screen and explained how those are rock crabs with a hard shell, the other kind have a soft shell and one claw bigger than the other. She was fascinated.

Theopolis, Tiger Lily Blossomís going well! Good proportions and this is a great start. Looking forward to seeing more!

Yasuke, wow! ALl of your latest are spectacular. You were always one of the best oil pastelists Iíve ever known and now youíre amazing, you grew. I love the shells. I love the little aubergine and the fruits, the delicate way you got the hairs on the rambutans is cool. Your son is very handsome and his cake is spectacular, he looks like heís having a great birthday! Heís so big now! I love the shine on the shells though, thatís amazing. Breadís cool, WOW the black pepper in its bottle!

Sandra, your make believe bird is great. I like it. Sort of a swimming bird and that clump of vegetation behind it is great. I like that feeling of the water reflections and composition on this one too. Gorgeous. I love the dark bush too, thatís spectacular. The last one, the neopastels and calligraphy brush pen is so fluid and graceful. I love the way you integrated the paper color into it and created so much depth.

thevaliantx, I did stock up a lot of artist grade materials, especially surfaces. One thing that helped was indulging in some very high quality journals by Stillman & Birn. I sketch in them, but the journals are archival on heavy watercolor paper. I don't take anything out of them but the entire journal's archival and will last. I could remove a piece from framing but I don't feel bad if a frameworthy page remains inside.

There came a point that I just made sure every sketchbook was at least acid free Ph neutral decent paper and just went ahead and used good materials. My sketches may be worth something and worth preserving even if the page has a mass of different ones. A lot of historic sketchbooks are like that. So why not just keep them in that form, bound?

It's good to use the good artist grade supplies. Doing a lot of smaller pieces helped me learn more than doing a series of large ones that used up massive amounts of Senneliers, so that was how I kept cost of using good pastels down. I work fairly small. If I did want to do a large piece I'd work it out first in a small version and then redo it on a larger piece of the same good surface.

The other thing I realized was that sharp eyed bargain hunting, buying online, using big deep discount coupons, watching for artist grade supplies in Swap Shop or on clearance helps as much to keep supply large and costs down as it does to use student stuff. Also sometimes buying in bulk on sale is good if I know it's something I use all the time and will last stored well until needed. I have loads of good supplies and I think my spending money was about comparable to most people with jobs provided they never ate out and that went into art supplies. Past a certain point any good supplies I used would pay for themselves and then some. One subject mastered competently, for me it was dragons in pen and ink, it can support everything else.

06-16-2013, 04:45 PM
Thanks, thevaliantx, Mary, E-J, Pat, Lostjedi, Sandra, Robert.

E-J, Yes, time flies. :) As for the thin lines of rambutans, that is not sgraffito. Just drew the lines with the edge of a stick. Quite simple.
Your sketch of the crab is very nice. Great modelling.

thevaliantx, I agree with E-J about papers. I sometimes use good expensive papers but usually medium to low quality papers since I use them everyday. If they are not very thin, I don't mind the brands.

Sandra, I'm amazed to see the variation of your painting styles.

Robert, what a compliment! Thanks I have to improve more.

Now mine...

Browny from a coffee shop in the office building. Mainly Sennelier on a sketchpad.

Coins of Thai bahts. 5 bahts (left) and 10 baths (right). Neopastels, Cray-Pas and Sennelier on a sketchpad.

I bought this Thai snack with 15 bahts. :) Sennelier, Cray-Pas, and neopastels on a sketchpad.

I opened the snack. Filling (this one, egg) on glutinous rice wrapped in leaves. Neopastel, Sennelier, Cray-Pas on a sketch pad again.

Specimen of a South African Turban (Turbo samarticus) shell. It has iridescent parts on its surface and it was fun to express that iridescent lustre and colours. Sennelier, neopastel, Cray-Pas on a pastel paper.

Thanks for looking.:wave:

Pat Isaac
06-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Just wonderful, Yusuke. That brownie looks as if I could pick it up and eat it and the leaves covering the snack are amazing.


06-16-2013, 08:03 PM
Fabulous sketches one and all! Sandra, Yusuke, E-J, Theopolis!! E-J what ARE you drinking in the Drink and Draw? I may want to start one in my neighborhood!

Robert! Welcome back!:clap:

If you don't mind, I'm posting my Oil Stick sketch (6 x 8 canvas board) done on my porch this afternoon while talking to my honey. About 40 minutes of work/play

It HAS been a fabulous weekend!:clap:

06-17-2013, 12:31 AM
Hello. . . Robert, welcome back to OP forum! YAY.

EJ, those crabs are cool, I admire both views.

Sandra, nice work. The last one is so soft and oriental feeling that I especially like it.

Linda, lovely painting. The colors are beautifully done in both the plant and the background/shadows. It looks like you had fun.

Yuzuke. . . pardon my language but. . . damn, you are good! Those shells are just absolutely wonderful. Love the one of your son, adorable. And the pepper bottle and well, they are all wonderful.

Such beautiful work being shared this month.

Pat Isaac
06-17-2013, 08:43 AM
Lovely hanging plant, Linda....and only 40 miutes! Glad you had a great weekend and I managed to get some more garden work done.
Off to the studio today to get ready for my classes tomorrow. These will be the last ones for several weeks as my DH is going in for knee srugery.

Have a great day!


06-17-2013, 09:54 AM
Yusuk, and there you go again with some more amazing pieces for us to admire. I love the Thai Snack - so delicate with the flow of lines and beautiful greens.

Linda - oh my your Sunday afternoon sketch is fantastic, the hanging flower basket is so beautiful - love the colors! 40 minutes? Wow, nice work!

06-17-2013, 10:13 AM
Linda and Yusuke, AWESOME work! Linda, your piece really makes me want to break out the canvas. Am I good enough yet to do that? Yusuke, sometimes I have an itching to go back to doing detailed graphite work. I love a challenge, and so I might try doing small pieces like you are and see how detailed I can get them. Better do your best! :D

06-17-2013, 03:48 PM
lalflen I like the potted flowers. Allow me to post some neopastels here.
I would appreciate any comments and advise

06-17-2013, 04:07 PM
Hi Nikki, wow - these pieces are wonderful! Very nice to see how you worked each painting differently. Wonderful floral arrangements, the first excites me for the variety of flowers, colors and fluid lines. You go the table just right. The second is simple, not overworked and delicate in appearance - love this. The sea has my attention, because who doesn't love a gorgeous sunny day at the shore - so great that you made it active with the little girls looking for shells, etc. Wow nice work on their hats and dresses, plus their body forms were very well done!

These are beautiful first OP pieces, congratulations.

06-17-2013, 04:50 PM
Yusuke, your latest are wonderful! Brownie makes my mouth water, the Thai snack is gorgeous and makes me want to try strange foods. The Turban shell is fantastic, I love it when you do shells. Iridescence is a hard thing to convey and so beautiful when you get it. I'm wowed.

Linda, very cool hanging plant in oil sticks! Sigh, you make me miss my oil sticks. So painterly, powerful and loose!

Nikki, these are great paintings. I love the one on black the most, it appeals to me and calls to me. I love how flowers on dark background looks. They have such strong expressive strokes and such a lively rendering.

06-17-2013, 05:37 PM
Nikki, all very lovely. The girls on the beach is most appealing to me but also like how the flowers on the black really pop. Curious, what is the support you are using on these?

Pat Isaac
06-17-2013, 05:45 PM
Very nice pieces, Nikki. I, too, like the girls on the beach.


06-18-2013, 05:58 PM
Thanks, Pat, Linda, Rainy, Mary, thevaliantx, and Robert.

Linda, Nice work! It seems that the thickness of OPs differs and it makes the flower more realistic and attractive. I like the fence in the background too. I tried canvas boards for OP but I couldn't manage to utilize them fully.

Nikki, Nice strokes and colours! You captured the reality and beauty so well. I like all three but especially, I prefer the flower petals on the first one and the olives (right?).

I sketched onions. I found onions are the same in Thailand, Mongolia, Japan and the other places in the world where I have stayed, by sketching. :) Sennelier, neopastel and Cray-Pas on a pastel paper.

Passion fruits juice in a bottle. Sold on streets in Bangkok. sketched with Sennelier and neopastels on a sketch pad.

06-18-2013, 10:53 PM
Yuzuke, you are a marvel with texture. These are lovely.

06-19-2013, 12:59 PM
Great set of sketches Yusuke - love your onions, the skins are wonderful!

Pat Isaac
06-19-2013, 01:08 PM
Amazing onions, Yusuke.....I could peel them.


06-19-2013, 05:34 PM
Thank you, Rainy, Mary and Pat.

I bought a chocolate cake at a bakery in the office building. I can't survive a week without a discount Wednesday! Sketched with Sennelier and neopastel on a pastel paper.

06-20-2013, 12:36 AM
Yusuke that's not fair! I'm hungry now for that great looking chocolate cake and I have no chance to score some anytime soon :( Always good work, maybe I should sketch what I eat so the hunger becomes inspiration.


06-20-2013, 10:05 AM
Yusuke and now first thing in the morning my chocolate urge is raging! Great sketch, especially good work with the tin container from shine to ribbed sides.

Shirl Parker
06-20-2013, 10:20 AM
Amazing onions, Yusuke.....I could peel them.
And if Yusuke painted the peeled versions, I know they would make me cry :cat:

06-20-2013, 11:31 AM
Yus the man. :D

It doesn't seem possible that you could fool the viewer into thinking there is a see-through lid to that container, but you did.

06-20-2013, 03:38 PM
Yum, great chocolate cake. . . the aluminum pan is awesomely real. Stunning.

06-20-2013, 04:49 PM
Thank you, Rick, Mary, Shirl, thevaliantx and Rainy.

"Hunger becomes inspiration"... nice words, Rick. :)

I removed the transparent cover. Sennelier and neopastels on a pastel paper.

06-22-2013, 12:43 AM
Thanks for comments everyone.

Nikki, the softness of the beach scene is superb.

Yusuke, I love the onions and the tin foil for the dessert is incredible. And you did it even twice. :clap:

Today I experimented with more pages of a Westward migration book and a couple has oil pastels in it.

Mungyo oil pastel first
Then Daniel Smith watercolor and Bruyneel colored pencil


Mungyo oil pastel first
Then Daniel Smith watercolor
Daler Rowney Simply soft white sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inch 65 lb
This paper continues to surprise me that it takes soft and oil pastel beautifully and light watercolor wash without buckling.


06-22-2013, 03:58 PM
Thanks, Sandra. Your works show your another style, I think. I like the landscape. Nice composition.

I sketched a shell again. This is a winged pearl oyster (Pteria penguin) that produces mabe pearls. It's a lot of fun to challenge iridescence! Sennelier, Cray-Pas and neopastels on a toned pastel paper.


06-22-2013, 04:53 PM
Lovely pieces Sandra! Beautiful rich scenes - interesting narrative on the Daniel Smith watercolor paper. How thick are your layers? And how many layers do you think it's taking?

Gorgeous oyster shell Yusuke! Really like the iridescence, works beautifully here. Very nice shine w/the specs of pinks, blue, greens and yellows.

06-22-2013, 05:37 PM
Thank you, Yusuke, Mary.

Yusuke, you only used white, correct? You didn't use any irisdescent colors?

Mary, it's Daler Rowney's Simply sketchbook with a bit of texture that is more for charcoal and pencil. I only put 2 layers of light wash on top of the oil pastels rather than putting wash first knowing that it's not watercolor paper.

But even normal yellow manila paper which this paper resembles could take some watercolor. Some artists/authors in fact use manila paper for watercolor and acrylic.

06-22-2013, 05:58 PM
I think you are right Sandra, about Yusuke not using iridescent colors - I was reading too fast! He mimicked them real well though through his color choices.

Thanks for the information on Daler Rowney's Simply sketchbook - I have one and would have never thought to use it for OP sketches. Learning something new everyday.

I think on the weekly challenge I'll be using all my pastel papers - can't stand them for OPs and this would be a good way for practice painting sessions w/o burning through my good boards and watercolor papers.

Pat Isaac
06-22-2013, 06:03 PM
Incredibly gorgeous shell, Yusuke.
That is another style for you Sandra. I like the everyday slices of life.
I have been using up my sanded papers for classes and quick sketches, as I much prefer the boards now.


06-22-2013, 08:33 PM
Nice to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't like sanded paper for oil pastels. Those paper eat up the oil pastel so much and you have to put so much more effort to cover the valleys.

06-22-2013, 09:23 PM
Nice to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't like sanded paper for oil pastels. Those paper eat up the oil pastel so much and you have to put so much more effort to cover the valleys.

I'm confused by this. Don't the boards have even MORE tooth? If it's not pastel paper and some of you don't like canvas boards, then what type of surface out there allows for layers without eating up the OP's? I'm missing something here.

06-22-2013, 09:33 PM
Right, I'm confusing you. Sorry. Boards may have more tooth depending on what primer - pastel ground, gesso, pumice, marble dust etc...that they put on. I just don't like sanded surface. Period.

06-23-2013, 10:48 AM
Quite a bit of tension around these parts. I'm out, for now.

06-24-2013, 04:54 PM
Thanks, Mary, Sandra and Pat.

Sandra, I have iridescent colors but there's no chance to use them! I think they are not for this kind of realistic expressions. Yes, I try to express the iridescence by selecting colours carefully as Mary says.

Well, as for the sanded/rough surface of papers or boards, I felt difficulty to paint on a canvas board because it was so slippery when I used Senns. I like rough surfaced papers because they hold the pigments well when OPs are rubbed into the paper but the boards are not holding colours except for inside their "teeth", I think.

And if Yusuke painted the peeled versions, I know they would make me cry :cat:
I tried to sketch a half-cut onion but it seems that I have to try again later. I myself didn't cry while sketching! Sennelier, neopastels and Cray-Pas were used on a sketch pad.

Half-eaten ciabatta. Sennelier, Cray-Pas and neopastels on a pastel paper.

06-24-2013, 11:42 PM
Yusuke, the bread texture inside is phenomenal. You really should sell your work to these bakeries and grocery stores!!

This one is Holbein oil pastel on Daler Rowney Simply 5.5 x 8 inch sketchbook.


06-25-2013, 08:18 AM
Yusuke, I like your onion - the skin is great in color and thin skins. What has me is the tip - beautiful in color choice and texture. The bread is your signature - I'm going to a bakery today, your breads are making me hungry for hard-crusted artesian breads.

Sandra, I love your painting - there is a whole different feel to it. Lighter (not in colors, I'm referring to overall feel) perhaps? The color choices are fantastic and is the body form.

06-25-2013, 09:20 AM
Yusuke, I know a bit about ciabatta bread. Quite a bit, actually. :D

06-25-2013, 09:27 AM
Here is what I have been working on. I wish that I had more energy, haven't been feeling good for some time. Expressionists on Canson XL, except for the juggling balls which were done with Holbeins. They are approximately 1/4 of the page. The one of the juggling balls was done in about ten minutes (took me about 12 minutes). I'm trying the 10-minute drill suggested by Tisha Wood What I am doing is picking a subject, setting the timer and then just going as fast as I can. The soda is a Coca Cola one, couldn't find the right colors to use. For the sketching I used one of my wife's skewers from the kitchen to scratch out the image on the can of the pitcher throwing the ball. SSShhhhhh..... hopefully she doesn't skewer me with the thing. The box is a cardboard one sitting across from the bed. The juggling balls were cuddled up together on the blanket beside me.

06-25-2013, 03:55 PM
Just passing through ... wanted to share crab #3 ... 12" x 9" Caran d'Ache and Senns on Art Spectrum Colourfix. I was trying this time for more expressive colour, but I've been dealing in straight realism with my recent paintings on the pet portrait course, and the habit is hard to break.


06-25-2013, 04:41 PM
How are you all cropping the images of your work? I'm using Windows 8 and don't have money to spend on something that can crop. Also, what image dimensions are you all using?

06-25-2013, 05:37 PM
I post my images to Flickr (free account), which allows you to view and save your picture in various sizes.

06-25-2013, 05:46 PM
EJ, very nice work as always and I'm missing ME w/these wonderful crabs. I like the burnt sienna's, red or magenta's and bits of blue - it all works beautifully for the shell patterns. Those claws are excellent!

TVX, hey - Windows 8 has a crop function, the software actually has all the photo editor that it had prior to Windows 8. Go to your picture, r-click and scroll down to open with (it will call up a small menu), select "photo gallery.

From the photo gallery your photo should be central, look at top of screen - select edit, organize or share.

Select your photograph again, and now you are into the editing portion of Windows 8. Look at top of screen: crop, color, exposure, etc. it's all at the top. Play around with it and you'll quickly learn how to use.

Very nice sketches, happy to see you posting your work.

06-25-2013, 06:36 PM
Thanks, Mary. I have cropped those images, maybe they will look nicer for everyone else.

06-25-2013, 11:32 PM
Oh, wow. . . that shell is just amazing. Love, love that Yuzuke! The textures of that piece of bread are perfect. Bravo on both.

Sandra, really cool beach scene. Its so soft and lovely lighting effect and color.

Valiantx, that sounds like a great exercise. . . and sure hope you feel better soon. I mostly use a mac and so just crop with preview or iPhoto. But on my PC laptop, I have Photoshop. I also have Gimp which is FREE and works quite similar to photoshop. You might download and give that a try?

EJ, another wonderful job on crab!

Thought I'd post this here too as its is a sketch I did for the weekly thread but not everyone is aware of that thread I think yet. It was a word challenge to choose one: Yellow, Watermelon, or Towel.

WATERMELON Daiquiri (Pentel and Portfolio on Canson)

06-27-2013, 09:25 AM
Love the Watermelon Daiquiri RainySea - looks so refreshing. Great job on the liquid and glass, wonderful little touch adding the slice of watermelon!

06-27-2013, 03:44 PM
Thanks, Sandra, Mary, thevaliantx, and Rainy.

Sandra, another story? Hunted beast? It seemed like a mountain landsape when scrolling down the page but the work surprised me a lot!

thevaliantx, ah you spent your energy on these sketches, right? And now I see why you have been talking about the papers...it seems it was hard to stabilise the colour on it. I like your sgraffito. Did you under-paint for scratching?

E-J, wonderful work I love it! I see that you are trying to change your style by the colour selection but your strokes still tell how accurately you modelled the shape. I also liked the way you change the tone between the lower left and upper right corners. Strong contrast of the shadow and the background is so dramatic, enough to show the fact that the crab is really there. I also like the "aquamarine" colouróbest choice for the marine creature!

Rainy, nice selection of the mid-toned and less saturated background. Very effective to make the watermelon daiquiri vivid. It seems like it has fluorescence in that orange pink! Of course nice details, too!

I sketched a torch twice. Both are with Senneliers and neopastels. Very limited colours only! :) Papers are still cheap sketch pad I bought here in Bangkok.



06-28-2013, 12:01 AM
Thank you for comments, Mary, Rainy, Yusuke. The bison is resting. I haven't figured out what to to with it yet.:lol:

Valiant, I like your cardboard box. It has great folds and colors.

Yusuke, superb torch lights. The light shine on the black is so realistic.

E-J, I like this crab just as much. Rich colors.

Rainy, I just noticed the swirl in the drink itself. Nicely done.

I didn't do much op these two days. But this is the first time I used this canvas board and tinted the background with Holbein oil pastel. Didn't realize how pretty oil pastel could be on canvas like this. I also did some details and shading of the flower village with oil pastels on top of acrylics. Added Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brush pen.

6x6 inch

Flower village that came to me in a dream.


06-28-2013, 11:16 AM
Real nice sketches of the flashlights Yusuke! You really nailed the shine and reflections of the black bodies - to the point where the surface mimics the plastic perfectly, especially the top of the flashlight where it is slightly rounded. Real nice work on the light emanating from the glass top, is great!

Sandra, I'm loving seeing this painting - there is a freshness, a vitality that is hard to miss (it's not lost on me, a reflection perhaps of where you are). Your dreams have given us a wonderful abstract quality to your floral village - the flowing lines and color choices are perfect. So happy to see this piece!

06-28-2013, 08:39 PM
Thank you, Mary.

I practiced from a facial expression book.

Simply Daler Rowney sketchbook 9x12 inch hardbound
Gallery Oil Pastel

Since I don't use soft pastel, conte or charcoal anymore, this oil pastel is my favorite go to medium for its thickness and hardness.



I did one on Bogus Kraft Paper from Bee Company 9x12 inch.

A portrait of myself blowing up my cheeks. Holding that position for more than a few seconds is hard.:lol:


06-29-2013, 07:02 AM
Gakinme, if you hold you breath long enough there's no telling what sorts of color or compositions you can come up with. You'll be painting under the stars. :D

Yusuke, I wish that I could say that I underpainted. All I did was lay down, as best as I could on this strathmore paper (will never buy that stuff again), and I guess I didn't lay it down thick enough (or was it the Expressionists, I can't remember if I used them on the soda can sketch) because when I went to scratch away the red to reveal the silver all I got was the white of the paper. The can looks like it's about to explode, that's how off the proportions were.

06-29-2013, 09:21 AM
Thanks, Sandra and Mary.

New styles again! Pretty nice "surrealistic" flower village and face drawings.

Amazed to know that June is finishing...
I sketched two shells today.

Gold-lipped Pinctata maxima that produces South Sea Pearls. I heard that it is rare to harvest round golden pearls. Sennelier, neopastels and Cray-Pas as always on a pastel paper.

Scallops. Probably Orange Lion's Paw (Lyropecten nodosa). Same condition.

Pat Isaac
06-29-2013, 09:32 AM
Love that colorful painting, Sandra.
Amazing sketches as always, Yusuke. Nice transluscency in those shells.


06-29-2013, 12:11 PM
Those are cool faces, Sandra. The expressions are certainly coming across! Love the one of you holding your breath. . . were you looking in a mirror? You captured it wonderfully. Nice job.

Yusuke, more beautifully done shells. Just amazing. Really like all the colors of supports you are using for these. They make the shells fun and pop so well

06-29-2013, 02:11 PM
Hi Sandra, what a great exercise in learning how to draw faces. I like it because it forces you to consider muscles and bone structure being used depending on the expression used. You nailed each one, even with a one-color choice for each face - because of your lines and how you toned the various muscle structures.

Yusuke - you never fail to amaze me with your gorgeous sea shells. They have a beautiful sheen to them, pearly, with your limited choice of color and how you lay them down. The scallop shells are beautiful - the lines and value ranges of your colors are very nice.

06-29-2013, 03:53 PM
Thank you, Yusuke, Rainy, Valiant, Pat, Mary for comments. Yes, I held my breathe while looking into a mirror and it's tough to do it more than 5 seconds and draw at the same time.:eek:

Yusuke, your oyster shell is marvelous. The sheen is so real. Love it!! How big is this piece of pastel paper? Is it sanded surface?

06-29-2013, 05:15 PM
Sandra, I bet!!!

Yusuke, I just noticed even your writing of the text (date) on these is artistic and well done!

Shirl Parker
06-30-2013, 11:28 PM
Time for a new sketch thread. Click here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19685101#post19685101)