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Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 03:03 AM
Hi everyone! I have a couple of sketchbooks/art journals going right now so I thought I would start one thread for everything and hopefully I'll keep working on art more often to keep this going. :)

Feedback/Critique is welcome, I'm here to learn!

I'll start with some stuff I did earlier this year when I was doing daily sketches (unfortunately school didn't allow me to keep those up :()

Some of these will have been x-posted in the WC Gallery On-Going Sketch thread, but I kind of wanted to compile everything here in one thread. I also can't find the sources for the reference pictures I used for these, but I'll try to include those from now on.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-2001dave.jpg Dave from 2001: A Space Odyssey 3/17/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-astronautsketch.jpg 3/18/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-punkgirlsketch.jpg 3/19/14

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 03:21 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-dancersketch.jpg 3/20/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-loisnclark.jpg Lois & Clark from Smallville 3/21/14 & 3/22/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-iguanasketch.jpg 3/23/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-dailysketchnasa1.jpg 3/24/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-coopersketch.jpg Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks 3/25/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-miasketch.jpg M.I.A 3/28/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-bmwsketch.jpg 3/28/14

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 03:28 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-surferpaint.jpg 3/30/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-bowiesketch.jpg David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth 4/1/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-trueromancealabama.jpg Alabama Whitman from True Romance 4/3/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-superherogirl.jpg 4/4/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-dailysketchnasa2.jpg 4/5/14

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 03:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-anyaphillipssketch.jpg Anya Phillips 4/7/14
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Sep-2014/1948934-dystopiagirl.jpg 4/24/14

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 03:42 AM
Here are some sketches I did at the circus on Thursday. I wanted to practice doing gestures, which I found out are a lot harder than they look. Once I decided to switch from pencil to charcoal they really improved. Just another lesson in what difference the medium makes. I really feel like my sense of "space" improved through the night.

I plan on doing things like this a lot more, it was so scary at first and then became a lot of fun!


09-21-2014, 09:43 AM
Some of these I've seen before, others new to me - wow! Love the gestures you did at the circus. I'm still getting used to doing those, in pen or pencil, developing them later with color and pen work.

Gorgeous finished drawings and everything along the way!

09-21-2014, 10:27 AM
A good start :). I particularly like the ones from life, you really should do more of that. Are you thinking of going on to study art at college?

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 11:51 AM
Rob:Thanks, I didn't even think to work on the circus ones more. I'll definitely have to try that and see what happens.

Vivien: Thank you. I've always been afraid to do them because I don't like working in publics, but now I think I'll be doing this more often. :) I'm actually going to a community college for art now and plan to go on to a 4 year school.

09-21-2014, 02:15 PM
I don't understand the American school system! So not quite clear on how you are studying.

What I do when I want to work further on free sketches is scan and print or photocopy them first. Then you keep the freshness of the original whilst being able to experiment without redrawing and losing the spontaneity. And saving time in experimenting :). I stick them in the sketchbook, hinged, as extra pages often, keeping them all together. ( if you look in my my thread of sketches done in Cornwall earlier this year, you can see where I did it with a conte sketch of the beach .... 2 further versions developing colour, with different colour and mood)

The nerves about drawing in public get better the more you do it :)

09-21-2014, 02:45 PM
Welcome to Art Journals, Katie. These are fabulous. I really like your circus drawings.

Katie Marie
09-21-2014, 06:43 PM
Vivien: I'm basically getting all the hard stuff (math, english, science) done locally along with basic art classes for 2 years and then I'll move on to another school for the other 2 (maybe longer) years to really concentrate on the arts. :)

As for scanning I wish I could but unfortunately my scanner is broken so I'll have to settle with awful phone pictures for a while. :( It would be great to have the scans for comparison...

Debby: Thank you very much :) I can't wait to do more gestures.

Katie Marie
09-25-2014, 03:33 PM
I'm obsessed with this bridge!

Got a new Kona Classic sketchbook and really wanted to give it a try. :)


09-26-2014, 01:45 PM
New sketchbooks are awesome. Great sketch.

Katie Marie
09-28-2014, 05:48 PM
Debby: Yes they are! Thank you. :)

Here's a sketch of Sebastian taking a nap on the sunlight

Conté crayons on 6x6 Kona Classic paper


09-29-2014, 07:38 PM
Sweet cat sketch.

Katie Marie
09-30-2014, 03:08 AM
Thank you DrDebby! :)

Katie Marie
10-10-2014, 12:47 AM
Sketch of the local riverfront done with conte on cardboard... I've decided I want to do a lot of "journaling" on cardboard. It really is fun to work with.


10-10-2014, 02:22 PM
Great perspective on this one. :)

10-12-2014, 06:51 PM
Gorgeous Conte sketch, love the way you got so much depth and perspective in it. The strong lines are elegant and the values great. Conte has its own special texture. Cool that you're fooling around on cardboard, there's always lots!

Katie Marie
10-12-2014, 09:24 PM
DrDebby: Thanks!

Rob: Thank you, I've had this little box of Contes sitting around forever and never tried to use them and I'm glad I did. I love the texture of cardboard. :)

10-14-2014, 08:16 PM
Oh that rocks! Which little set is it - the four color Matchbox or the six color tin they have now at Blick? I meant to get the Matchbox for a pocket set but fell in love with the little tin when I went to order it and got that instead - the tin is very portable and good for protecting them in my pocket.

Katie Marie
10-14-2014, 11:45 PM
It's the little matchbox, which is so simple I love it. I'm considering getting a color set of contes too.

Katie Marie
10-21-2014, 11:14 AM
Here's a quick sketch of a squeezed paint tube. I did this one to test the time lapse feature on my phone. It's so much fun. Here's the video (http://vimeo.com/m/109557382).


10-21-2014, 01:50 PM
Great sketch. :)

Joan T
10-22-2014, 10:20 AM
Katie - These are great sketches. I especially like the gesture ones from the circus. Like several people said, sketching in public gets easier the more you do it. Nice work with the contes. I like your lines on that squeezed tube!

Katie Marie
10-22-2014, 09:11 PM
DrDebby: Thanks :)

Joan: Thank you! I definitely need to make the time to go do more gestures like the circus ones.

Katie Marie
10-27-2014, 07:28 PM
Sketch of a statue at a local WWII memorial.


Joan T
10-27-2014, 09:56 PM
Lovely sketch of the statue.

Katie Marie
10-28-2014, 02:10 AM
Thank you :)

10-28-2014, 02:47 PM
Interesting perspective on the statue. Well done.

10-30-2014, 08:41 PM
Great video! I love the bent tube sketch and seeing it in time lapse rocked. You really shine with Conte! I think you'll love the color set. I carry a 12 color set in my vest pocket all the time when I'm out, it's perfect. The colors are all good mixers like that and the texture exactly the same.

Wonderful statue rendering. It's so powerful and has such great volume.

Be careful with the new boxes on color Conte though. They redesigned them and the lids don't stay closed. Also the slotted foam that replaced the styrene tray is so thin it distorts just by the weight of the sticks. I couldn't slide them back into place after the box tipped once. Very big problem with my new 48 color set.

I'm considering moving my 48 color set into a different box, more compact without slots, just held flat by foam on top of them. It'd be more compact too like their old 48 color box. Wish I still had the old box instead of leaving it behind. Temporarily, it helps to put tape over it to hold it closed or use a rubber band or two, because they do snap open unpredictably and then it's chaos.

Fortunately I have a 12 and 24 set in old boxes. They also have a sliding drawer cube of 18 color at Blick that's in good containment, suitable for carrying along. I might experiment with recycling a 24 color colored pencils tin for the 48, just put them two to a slot and then lay thin foam over it to keep them in place, rubberband it shut for security. I could use the top or bottom foam from the box the 48 came in for padding over the pencils' styrene tray, that might work.

Katie Marie
10-30-2014, 11:29 PM
DrDebby: Thank you! :)

Rob: Thank you! I love Conte and just ordered a 12 color set and can't wait to get them. I'll definitely make sure to get some rubber bands to make sure it stays shut, that seems like a really annoying and messy problem. :(

Katie Marie
11-06-2014, 05:58 AM
A very tired self portrait.


11-06-2014, 01:15 PM
Great sketch. Now, get some rest.

Katie Marie
12-20-2014, 05:46 PM
Got a Sennelier Aqua Mini from my boyfriend for Christmas (yay early Christmas gifts!) so here's my first little sketch using it. Just kind of messing with different techniques. I have a lot to learn about watercolors...


12-21-2014, 03:05 PM
Nice boyfriend! I'm sure you'll do fine learning about watercolor. Nice gaming set up. :)

02-05-2015, 03:11 PM
I'm enjoying seeing all your sketches, Katie, just super work on each one! Your figures especially are nice.

02-08-2015, 02:58 PM
Great self portrait, Katie! You captured "tired" so well in it, especially the bag under your eye on the shadow side. That's the sort of thing that makes a powerful portrait, not just skipping anything that might be unflattering. Way cool.

Love the little watercolor sketch with your new Sennelier Mini! Nicely done. Looks like it came with quite a small brush. I wound up having to buy a larger travel brush separately to go with my pocket watercolors since they usually include a very small round brush. Nice loose style with it and great accuracy on the machines.

Love to see you try a landscape with those watercolors. If they get too frustrating, sketch in pen first with a waterproof pen like a Pigma Micron and then do washes over the pen drawing, that always works for me. Watercolor is incredibly convenient to carry around places and seriously annoying to control, it's got the biggest learning curve of any medium. But your boyfriend is too cool getting you that! He rocks. Doesn't just love you, he KNOWS you! Way cool!

Joan T
02-13-2015, 09:15 PM
I like your self-portrait! Yay!!! Gifts of art supplies are so great to get!!!