View Full Version : Spring and summer 2014 miscellaneous sketchbooks

04-26-2014, 04:33 AM

Not the greatest sketch, done of my grandson, bottle in hand multitasking, watching children's TV while playing a game on his mother's iPhone. It's in a little Derwent journal book 6.5 x 4.5 inches, smaller than I like really. Done with his pencils we'd just been drawing with.

04-26-2014, 04:32 PM
Multitasking so young! It's a great sketch.

Joan T
04-28-2014, 08:55 PM
He has grown so big since you sketched him the last time. How great!

05-08-2014, 07:35 AM
Yes he's shooting up at the moment.


An ink sketch of the stuff sitting on my desk.

I ended up using grey and white inks with sharpened stick and brush to draw with.

It's the eye drops I'm still needing post op and the temp reading glasses and sun glasses.

05-08-2014, 03:07 PM
Great accidental still life.

05-09-2014, 04:29 AM
thanks Debby

When my eldest was a baby, my parents didn't live nearby and I used to do cartoons of her in letters. I've done it a bit over the years, especially in the books I did for the grandchildren. I decided to do some more.

So on the page facing the sunglasses sketch are 2 cartoons of the resident panther. A dmanding little monster when he wants something.


Thia one is my furry clawed alarm clock who wakes me up most mornings by curling up purring at waist level and if that doesn't work pats me repeatedly with claws slightly out.

And then he'd played out in the rain and came in soaking - straight onto the cream chair - the round and round my legs with cold very wet fur :(


05-09-2014, 11:08 AM
And yesterday I went to a mini workshop with a group I belong to. Peter who was running it, always has great original ideas,

He had his grandaughter to model for him.

He handed out sheets of typing paper marked up with these blue and red lines and ballpoint pens, which we had to draw with.

Then he hung a red line from his grandaughters neck midway, going down her torso. In the middle square on the left we had to draw from neck (where he'd tied a blue line) to knees (where he'd tied another blue line), positioning the figure between the red and blue lines on the paper and only drawing that middle section of the body.

Then he changed her arm position and we had to repeat .... and a third time.

That was taken away and we were given a new sheet marked up the same way.

Next we had to do 3 poses with just head and neck in the top row, again lining things up with his ribbon markers and really looking at scale and position.

Then 3 poses where the legs moved and we only drew from the knees down, in the bottom row, again with those lines to consider for placement and scale.

Then we got our centre section back and had to see if it all lined up!

Each bit was a 4 minute pose, so not beautiful drawings - but fun and a challenge , with lots of concentration :)


05-09-2014, 03:29 PM
Love the kitty cartoons. That does look like a challenge. Great job.

Joan T
05-09-2014, 04:53 PM
Fun way to sketch a model!

05-18-2014, 11:39 AM
:) Thanks Debby and Joan :)


Flowers from the garden on my windowsill. From life.

Watercolour and some cp. I rarely do flowers and I struggled with the left hand flower in particular!

I simplified the window frame down to tonal shapes with no detail.

I the 7x7 S&B beta book.

05-18-2014, 03:10 PM
Very pretty flowers. I think you did great.

05-25-2014, 06:44 AM
Thanks Debby :)


This is how it finished. I decided to deepen the shadows to push that contre jour feel with the strong backlighting and deep shadow. I like playing with lost and found edges. The white of the paper is actually whiter than the photo shows.

Then this month an art magazine here turned the whole issue over to light and quoted Edward Seago (https://www.google.com/search?as_st=y&tbm=isch&as_q=&as_epq=edward+seagto+paintings&as_oq=&as_eq=&imgsz=&imgar=&imgc=&imgcolor=&imgtype=&cr=&as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=) as saying that he handled brightly lit subjects in two ways

deepening the overall tone, emphasising the drama of lit elements
doing the whole thing high key

He favoured the first option for backlit subjects :) as I had done

and I've been sketching students


This one was trying out some felt pens a student had brought in




and these in watercolour and cp

All in the S&B books - beta and zeta

05-25-2014, 02:56 PM
Beautiful finish on the flowers. Great sketches of students.

Joan T
05-26-2014, 09:19 PM
Your flowers are gorgeous!!! Nice sketches of the students.

Carole A
05-26-2014, 09:57 PM
I'm very interested in your life drawing with the grid lines. Can you explain a little about that process.


05-26-2014, 11:05 PM
I like the gridded girl studies. And the hair on one of your students (reddish brown hair, blue top)

05-27-2014, 03:50 AM
Carole it was a just a very speedy exercise in building the poses in sections, the torso staying in the same pose but the arms, legs and head being moved. Each grid section drawn separately and joined up at the end to test our accuracy, as described above. Only having 4 minutes per grid section meant working FAST!

06-07-2014, 06:31 AM
Abandoned sketch ...

I stopped to sketch in the woods yesterday but only had my inktense and pens with me - meaning I couldn't work back light over dark easily. Then the light changed totally in a very short period of time - the trees with dappled light and lovely textures that interested me became silhouettes :>(

In my A4 S&B Beta

So I called it a day and left it as it is. Some bits I like, like the trees, but the dappled, tangled undergrowth got too fussy. I needed oils or gouache to rescue it.







next time I must take my oil paints, more about it here (http://vivienb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/swithland-woods-in-june-sketch-with.html) with some other pieces done in the area

06-07-2014, 01:22 PM
Even partially done sketches are valuable. I like the texture you got on the bark of the trees and the leaves do not look overworked to me, I rather like the leaves.

Joan T
06-08-2014, 09:28 PM
Love those sketches of the trees!!!

06-09-2014, 11:57 AM
thanks :)


played with a bit of gouache to simplify that fussy foliage and bring the lights back cleaner - I like it better now. I did it in class as a demo of rescuing mistakes!

06-09-2014, 06:40 PM