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Mishi
11-16-2013, 05:07 AM
Hi all,

In order to improve my drawing and painting, I've realised that I need to do much more observational drawing. I've recently started a sketchbook/art journal to help me do this.

My sketchbook is just a hardback journal from Rymans - I liked it because it has an elastic string to keep the book closed and a ribbon marker. The paper is nice for drawing on, but it is a little too thin to do a good job with watermedia (not that that's stopped me so far :clear: ).

10th November. Playing with watercolours :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/977663-20131110_watercolour_testing_small.jpg

10th November - 12th November
Some sketches of my cat :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/977663-20131110_20131112_tyson_sketches_small.jpg

13th November
An observational pencil sketch of a big old sycamore tree trunk. I added the leaf sketch later, referenced from a photo I took at the time.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/977663-20131113_sycamore_small.jpg

Hopefully I'll be able to make journalling/sketching into a habit (I've always trailed off before :( )

C&C always welcome!

Thanks for looking,
Michelle

DrDebby
11-16-2013, 02:43 PM
Welcome Michelle, to the Art Journal forum. Your sketches are delightful. Love the kitty. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

Mishi
11-17-2013, 02:36 AM
Thank you! :) Haven't had much of a chance this weekend to do anything more so far, but I'm hoping I can get some time to journal this afternoon

eyepaint
11-18-2013, 03:49 PM
Nicely done! If you run out of ideas on what to sketch from life, pop over to our "Artwork from Life" forum where we have a sketching scavenger hunt with a new list every 9 days. It gets you drawing objects you never would have done otherwise. There should be a link in my signature line.

JennyMK
11-19-2013, 01:34 AM
The cat is so cute, and I really like the combination of text and image in your pages!

Mishi
11-19-2013, 02:44 AM
Thanks eyepaint and Jenny!

Thanks for the tip about the scavenger hunts - I'll be sure to check those out! :)

Joan T
11-19-2013, 09:59 PM
Nice sketches of the cat and I like the page on the sycamore tree!

Mishi
11-21-2013, 03:03 AM
Thanks Joan!

I've fallen behind a little bit in the last few days - I had a dressage test to prepare for and that took up a lot of my free time. Here's a sketch of my hand, done yesterday morning :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2013/977663-20131120_hand._small.jpg

DrDebby
11-21-2013, 03:35 PM
Great hand study. How'd you do on the test?

Joan T
11-26-2013, 04:44 PM
Good job on the sketch of your hand.

Marmsk
12-09-2013, 11:47 AM
Your sketches are very good.