View Full Version : Sketches this autumn

10-02-2014, 09:08 AM

A softly coloured feather in coloured pencil. Such soft colours it wasn't easy to do. I need some small sketches for a show so thought I would do some feathers.

It's on moleskine cream paper and I cut a very rough mat from thin white card to see how it would look matted.

10-02-2014, 05:12 PM
Definitely soft.

10-08-2014, 10:11 AM

not actually done this autumn but up on the website now - this was a commission from Derwent as they were revamping their website


and here (http://www.pencils.co.uk/en/gb/4407/inktense-pencils)it is on the site :cat:

A couple of years ago they used one done with their Artbars for their first art competition, which was nice as it was in art mags for weeks beforehand

10-08-2014, 02:03 PM
Congratulations. Brilliant color.

10-08-2014, 11:10 PM
Beautiful colors and that feather is so soft looking, nice work.

10-09-2014, 06:32 AM
One checking out my new Sailor Flude pen :)


and one using it for one in the Harlequin series


10-09-2014, 12:58 PM
oh....these are beautiful.

10-09-2014, 01:39 PM
Fun checking out new toys.

10-10-2014, 10:25 AM
it is!

10-12-2014, 06:56 PM
Vivien, love the feather! It's so gorgeous. I thought I'd seen that flower before, it's so dramatic and powerful! Congratulations on your Derwent commission. Great painting. Cool little abstractish things in pen.

10-13-2014, 03:19 AM
You have sort of seen the flower before as it was based on a large canvas :-)

:). That was oil and acrylic though and they wanted something using Inktense. Also that long format.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2014/53888-image.jpg This one

10-13-2014, 07:31 PM
wow, your use of color and style is beautiful. I actually see the head and neck of a bird.

10-14-2014, 05:19 AM
Thanks Zebby. I hadn't noticed that!

And another in the Harlequin series, A3 size.. These with the more feminine colours and patterns are actually about Columbine .... another Comedia del Arte character, sometimes Harlequins love interest.


10-14-2014, 05:23 AM
Thanks Zebby :). I hadn't seen that!

Another in the series (Columbine)


I just posted this once but it disappeared into yhe ether so forgive me if it returns and appears twice!

10-14-2014, 02:17 PM
this is a test

10-14-2014, 02:18 PM

10-14-2014, 07:54 PM
Oh wow, Vivienne... now I see it, the patches... these are great! I was wondering why they were just patches of fabrics sewn together but the Commedia characters expressed in slightly different fabric patterns and designs, that's awesome! Very cool Columbine and yes, she's much more feminine. Beautiful works.

Inktense flower is awesome too, very different from the big canvas one but it's got a strong sense of shape and power there. The yellows are a bit less distinct in the Inktense version, but overall it's got a great texture.

10-15-2014, 05:18 AM
Thanks Rob. I did try one incorporating actual fabric but didn't like the finished piece so cut it up to re-use elements. It got too heavy looking. I still want to do this as I go along, integrating them so that at first you don't realise some element is real. I have used a little bit of stitching with gold thread on a couple of drawings and like that.

10-22-2014, 07:04 AM

A quick demo for a mixed media workshop yesterday from a slightly battered allium seedhead. Talking about op drawing with washes of watercolour, then little bits of cp and gouache.

Joan T
10-22-2014, 09:58 AM
Great assortment of works here. I love the intense color in the one you did for Derwint, as well as the softness of the seed head and the feather. Your Harlequin series is lovely. It looks almost like fabric pieces.

10-22-2014, 03:59 PM
The seed head is lovely.

10-23-2014, 12:25 PM
Thanks Joan and Debby :)

Another demo from the Tuesday workshop. S&B beta sketchbook, watercolour and cp.


10-23-2014, 01:49 PM
You do such great feathers.

Joan T
10-23-2014, 05:58 PM
The soft look to your feather makes me want to reach out and stroke it. Lovely!

10-24-2014, 12:50 AM
Gorgeous seed head and wonderful feather! I love the textures you get and wish I'd been able to do the workshop. That is so cool. I study your works too in order to improve mine, both accuracy and textures.

10-24-2014, 05:28 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments :)

I do these as much to show the messy starts to work as to show the mixed media or colour etc. I find students give up on things they think are messy, that only need a bit more work and thought to get a good result.

11-07-2014, 06:23 AM

another in this series in an A4 S&B sketchbook - deep blue acrylic base, then oil paint and metallic/pearlescent oil pastel. Lots of scratching through to earlier layers going on :)

11-09-2014, 03:22 PM
love your easy on the eye style, and the Harlequins, yes yes, birds and fishes, love the allium seedhead, enjoyed muchly looking :D

11-09-2014, 04:47 PM
Thanks :)

I've just been enjoying your updates!

Joan T
11-10-2014, 09:19 PM
Sooooooo textural!!! I love it!