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09-26-2015, 05:42 PM
WDE 9-25-2015 Cat Named Puff
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal, photo reference by jlloren

Finished and posted the kitty!

Joan T
09-26-2015, 06:02 PM
Love the color on both of these cats!!! Great job!

09-26-2015, 09:14 PM
Wow! I love it

09-26-2015, 09:24 PM
Wonderful cat sketches.

09-27-2015, 11:20 PM
Purr thank you! I love doing cats. Today I skipped the third cat and went to the goshawk, have a few problems with the last cat reference being washed out. I may have to follow the photo closely with it or just make up his markings.

Till then...

5" x 7"
Daniel Smith watercolor on Bockingford watercolor paper
Photo reference by jlloren for 9-25-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

09-28-2015, 04:27 AM

09-28-2015, 04:15 PM
Love the eye on the hawk. Very expressive.

09-28-2015, 08:19 PM
Thank you! Shading his eye was tricky wet in wet work, I wound up layering three times and letting it dry and glazing over then shading into the glazing both times. I started with lemon yellow, then quinacridone gold over that, then some pthalo green into quinacridone gold and a little paynes grey into quinacridone gold for the last bits of shadow. Pupils in Paynes Grey done wth the brush, not a pen. White highlight reservd by brush. Outer rim needed two layers of Paynes Grey to be the right value.

It was fun. I haven't just gone overboard with watercolor like that for a while. Today I had home care come and painted faster - much faster. My cat posed so I grabbed a marker!

Ari Cat from Life
7" square
Paynes Grey Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker
Stillman & Birn Delta Journal

Done in about 3 minutes, I got a breakthrough on the mouth. His whisker pads are very dark at the center and shade lighter as they go around his face, but are shadowed, so they blur into the rest of his face and have reverse shading break the modeling shadows. Getting his cute mouth expression when that makes his mouth look small while still getting accurate muzzle was always tricky! Got it finally.

09-28-2015, 09:50 PM
Ari is one very regal-looking feline. :cat:

09-28-2015, 10:21 PM
Really great pictures! I know it's waterproof but the watercolours do seem to soften the brush pen in a way, creating a really nice effect.

09-29-2015, 05:32 PM
Wonderful Ari sketch.

Joan T
09-29-2015, 08:49 PM
Love the bird, but Ari came out purr-fect!

09-29-2015, 08:56 PM
Thank you, all three of you! LuckyLaura, the Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker is not waterproof, it's concentrated artist grade watercolour in a marker form with a brush tip and a bullet tip. It washes out beautifully on Bockingford paper especially to give light values and washes - but the marks made with the tips are like using Winsor & Newton Watercolour by dipping the brush right into the tube.

Controlling that is tricky but exhilarating. I love them for their portability, intensity and archival quality. When something comes out well like this it'll last sa well as if I'd painted it with my best watercolors, which is why I tend to use them on good paper.

This time I did better at getting good mid tones in the wash, between the washed out light values and the pure intensity of the darks. Another thing about this one that really makes me happy.

Had plenty of practice with this same cat, any of my old threads is full of him. lol

Today I went strange and almost minimal with another WDE piece:

3 1/2" x 7"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta 180lb cream watercolor journal
Photo reference by jlloren

The photo was tall and narrow with a gradated charcoal background. I was going to follow it. The flowers were overexposed and had no detail but the photo's beautiful as it is, check it out in the thread. I penciled it planning to use half the page for it and placed it with space above it. Decided to ink first and the wicked pen behaved for me - then when I started doing color, wham, it just up and refused to have a background wash at all. Needed to be left floating on an implied background, not so much as a line for the edge of the table. I recognized when to stop. The really important strokes on this one are the ones I didn't do that would have been too much!

Came out all graphic and elegant. Really like it but it's another snap ending surprise.

09-29-2015, 09:06 PM
Oh, I have that exact same marker. I like it enough though it doesn't activate as much as I'd like it to. You achieved a much better result than I have, really lovely range of tones. I was referring to the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen you used earlier which is a mouthful of a name which I thought was waterproof but still looks different (better) when you used watercolour.

I really like the orchid too, looks a bit like the old Chinese brush paintings (though maybe the subject matter informs this view).

09-29-2015, 09:46 PM
I really like the minimal orchid. I agree with Lucky Laura that it very much like Chinese painting

09-30-2015, 01:05 PM
Thank you! It struck me like that too just as I finished the pen work. The Pentel brush pen drove me nuts at first but I like it more now every time I use it. The tip really is that pointed and that's what made it so hard and so satisfying. I think of it as waterproof but discovered I can smudge it by erasing, so tend now to not erase or to wait till it's actually thoroughly dry.

Finishing up my latest WDE now, last layer is watercolor then I'll let it dry, photo and post it.

Well, it's done! Let's hope the photo processing and editing are finished before my hour for editing is up. White whiskers were a little dodgy and may give an impression this cat's looking up from drinking cream, but seem to have worked better than previous tries. White acrylic was a bit more opaque than watercolor.

Cat Popcorn from WDE photo by jlloren
7" square
Gouache, pen, watercolor and acrylic
Stillman & Birn Delta journal 180lb rough cream paper

YAY just in time!

09-30-2015, 03:26 PM
The orchid is satisfying just as it is. Sweet cat painting.

10-01-2015, 05:21 AM
I am grinning. The kitties are great. Lovely orchid too!

10-01-2015, 05:43 AM
Great kitty, I love the vibrant colours! And the orchid is almost abstract... Beautiful...

10-01-2015, 06:09 AM
lovely alert little cat :)

10-01-2015, 03:47 PM
Purr! Thank you! I was a lot happier with Popcorn once I was done than contemplating the photo, that overexposure was driving me nuts!

Today's daily art same WDE - the whale shark!
Whale Shark (from 9-25-2015 WDE jlloren photo)
7" x 3 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker Prussian Blue Hue
Stillman & Birn Delta journal

10-01-2015, 04:36 PM
The whale shark needs a Scottish name with that plaid look. :) Super sketch.

10-02-2015, 03:24 PM
LOL yeah, they do look like plaid! Even more so if i'd given more detail to the markings.

Today's I'm back to cats!
Panther and Squirrel (If you throw one more nut I'm getting up!)
7" square
Pentel pocket brush pen and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal 180lb cream paper
Photo reference by skappy for 10-2-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

10-03-2015, 05:42 AM
:) love the caption and expression!

10-03-2015, 08:07 PM
Purr thank you!

Autumn Trees
7" square
Watercolor on Stillman & Birn Delta journal, no reference

Started this with an exercise in foliage texture, ruined it but it was too pale and I was able to fix it. Keeping up daily painting.

10-03-2015, 09:47 PM
Oh, my! I love the Autumn trees. My favorite colors. The squirrel is so nonchalant about the panther. Just sitting there nibbling the acorn. LOL That panther is close enough to nip Mr. Squirrel if he really had a mind to. Love the expressions.

10-03-2015, 10:43 PM
Lookout squirrel lookout!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o

10-04-2015, 01:23 PM
Dawn Skyscape stage 1
Roughed in with basic colors and shapes, design planned.

Dawn Skyscape done
5" x 7"
Caran d'Ache Neopastel on Dawn Pink Canson Mi-Tientes
No photo reference, from design and memory.

Did this as a demo for an email student mostly to show the shape and proportion of the land for a skyscape, and to play with color.

10-04-2015, 01:44 PM
Marvelous sketches. Love the squirrel one.

10-04-2015, 08:27 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, there's some tension in panther and squirrel, he might be able to jump fast enough to catch the little guy. But I've seen them dodge before and they are so amazing fast - also a cat that warns a squirrel talking to it isn't really going to get as good an ambush chance. Probably just wind up with an awkward dangle off a smaller branch and the squirrel out on the twigs laughing. He's a big cat to go chasing something that tiny and quick!

10-04-2015, 10:33 PM
Elmo the Cat (photo with permission by his human Betty Smith)
7" square
Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils on Stillman & Birn Delta journal

My friend's planning a still life in pastel from a photo of her own setup. She's been planning it for weeks. Her cat Elmo climbed up into it and sat behind the silk sunflowers, just being a cat, with a cute expression. So of course that's the photo she's using. Can't wait to see her version. This is my first sketch of her cat to help her with cat sketching.

10-04-2015, 10:55 PM
Elmo the Cat, is beautiful.

10-05-2015, 03:43 PM
Purr thank you! I loved doing him and this is preliminary to a gift sketch for his owner. Probably switching out Black Eye Susans for the sunflowers.

Today's another WDE yelling cat! Younger and more irritated!

Great Tit, Annoyed Lion Cub and Rose
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Stillman & Birn Delta journal
Photo references by skappy for 10-2-2015 Weekend Drawing Event.

10-06-2015, 04:50 AM
Aaaaaaaw, love this Rob..

10-06-2015, 09:22 PM
Wonder sketches. Love the story behind the Elmo picture.

10-07-2015, 09:04 AM
That great tit is fantastic.

10-07-2015, 09:10 AM
These are all gorgeous Robert! No matter if you are using pen, pastel, or watercolor they all are beautifully done!

10-07-2015, 11:24 AM
Purr thank you! Linda, those seem to be my favorite mediums. I play with gouache and acrylic a little and have oils but haven't done much in them. But I keep going back to pen, pastel or watercolor or combinations. Used to do a lot of colored pencils but now that's mostly watercolor pencils.

7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Stillman & Birn Delta journal
Photo reference by hugashrimp for October 2015 Watermedia Challenge

Still loving the brush pen. Going to do something else with this emu too - the eye and proportions reminded me of a velociraptor so I'll have a go at changing that beak to a scaly muzzle and maybe play with the crest feathers to make them a bit more extravagant on the raptor.

10-07-2015, 12:48 PM
Today's art!

7" x 9"
Color Conte' on black Canson Touch sanded pastel card
Photo reference by DAK723

Did it for Pastel Spotlight which was on Shape - the linear accents are late refinements, most was in shapes of color.

10-07-2015, 04:40 PM
The emu is so cool. Great flowers.

10-07-2015, 08:51 PM
Today's third artwork after the pastel hollyhocks...

Leaves and Cat Gargoyle Page
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Black Prismacolor Watercolor Pencil (leaves life study)
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (cat gargoyle)
Pocket Moleskine Watercolor Journal, no references needed.

I think the weather was feeling kind to me!

10-08-2015, 04:12 PM
Inked the facing page today, which makes this count for today's art!

Mother Bird and Ari Portrait
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Pocket Moleskine Watercolor Journal
Photo reference mine and loose interpretation of a scene in a video.

10-09-2015, 12:33 PM
Finished this, inked back on the 7th but needed color!

Velociraptor (feathered small theropod dinosaur)
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal 180lb cream rough watercolor paper
Photo reference by hugashrimp for Oct. 2015 Watermedia Challenge

"I'm too sexy for my feathers! Ladies look at my bright crest, red wattle, great teeth, I am so cool. Good dancer too!"

10-10-2015, 06:06 PM
Today's quick study of snow and trees and water...

Winter Trees and Icy Creek
7" square
Monochrome Burnt Umber Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker
Stillman & Birn Delta journal (no reference, imagination)

10-10-2015, 08:44 PM
How super is this Rob!! :)

10-10-2015, 09:53 PM
Purr thank you! I'm happy with both, though I could improve on the landscape and just may have a go at a polychrome version.

10-11-2015, 07:10 PM
And another happy cat!

Maisy Cat Portrait
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal rough 180lb watercolor
Photo reference by Lucylove for Weekend Drawing Event 10-8-2015

Maisy is so pretty and looks like she's young and happy. Lovely tabby (lynx) point Siamese.

10-12-2015, 10:13 PM
Today's painting, a little bird out on a bush..

Small Bird
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and American Journey watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal 180lb cream rough paper
Photo reference by Lucylove for 10-8-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

10-13-2015, 05:50 AM
I so love your cat sketches :) Maisy is adorable.

The bird is absolutely gorgeous!!

10-13-2015, 09:07 AM
What a sweet little bird, utter perfection!

10-13-2015, 12:24 PM
Purr thank you! Just finished the Bird and Pen Page, though may do something more interesting for today's art than the life sketch of the difficult yet rewarding Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

Bird and Pen
7" square
Pentel pocket sketch pen and watercolor on Stillman & Birn Delta journal.
Photo reference by Lucylove for bird, pen from life.

10-13-2015, 03:51 PM
Wonderful sketches. I really like the little bird. It looks ready to fly off the page.

10-13-2015, 08:06 PM
Thank you! It was agonizing inking it, the pen never feels like I fully control it. Sort of the difference between riding a plow horse that knows the route or suddenly getting on some world class race horse that just wants to RUN and maybe try steeplechasing.

10-13-2015, 11:48 PM
Another journal page in the Delta!

Pear and Paint Page (from life)
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and American Journey Watercolor Triad
Stillman & Birn Delta 180lb cream rough watercolor paper.

10-14-2015, 06:35 AM
I like this a whole lot Rob. I love strange shaped fruit.

10-14-2015, 02:35 PM
Wonderful pear and palette. :)

10-15-2015, 04:58 PM
Purr! Thank you both! I love weird shaped fruit and spotted fruit and not so perfect fruit. It's a lot more fun to paint the odd ones!

Today I went back to the face I love the most! And finally, FINALLY got his white whiskers good!

White Whiskers (Ari Cat portrait, life and own photo)
7" square
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Daniel Smith watercolors, Caran d'Ache Neocolor II white with Alvin Ruling Pen on Stillman & Birn Delta journal.

Photo washed it out a little on the brown shading, could not compensate for that in Gimp.

10-15-2015, 05:07 PM
Stunning Robert! And the background is gorgeous!

10-15-2015, 10:04 PM
Ari is absolutely stunning! It's wonderful to see him painted full frontal face.

10-16-2015, 02:54 PM
Ari looks so regal. Great portrait.

10-16-2015, 09:30 PM
Purr! Thank you! I wasn't so sure about the background, but really wanted some color in it to show the white whiskers well. He has such sweet big eyes, he always has that big-eyed soulful wise kitty look that I adore. The pale edges of his eyelids sometimes look like he's got pale peach eyeliner against his black mask, it's a little stark in this medium but maybe in pastels it'll get the right feel. I might have made them a touch too wide but they're part of his look.

Today's sketches are for yesterday (Ari was for day before) and today, in two groups. I'm caught up now even if I just played with a book. I also cut ten sheets of Canson Mi-Tientes to size including Stygian Black so I'm really happy with today's progress - and that's why these are a bit crude compared to my usual.

Also today I found out I'm better at Drawing than Copying doing them!

Ari from Life and Ocelot Head

Tiger Skull and Snarling Tiger Face
9" x 12" sketch page
Tombow Dual Tip pens on sketch paper
Ocelot and tiger heads drawn from UK book on drawing tigers and big cats.
I think I'm better at drawing than copying!

10-17-2015, 07:30 AM
You are on a roll Rob. These are just awesome!!

10-17-2015, 09:42 AM
Thank you! Having fun with the cats book. More sketching later but today's art is a pastel!

Black Eyed Susans
9" x 12"
Rembrandt pastels on Moonstone Canson Mi-Tientes smooth side
Photo reference by DAK723 for October 2015 Pastel Spotlight challenge.

10-17-2015, 02:35 PM
Sketching a lot today! Page of preliminaries and then a demo of watercolor pencil fast sketch method for a friend.

Abstract Design and Pear from Life Page
5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Slate Green Derwent Graphitint pencil

Preliminary Value Sketches
9" x 12"
Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens
photo refs by DAK723 and chammi-kaiser for Pastel Spotlight and Animals Challenge.

10-17-2015, 03:24 PM
You got a lot done. Glad you are feeling well enough to do so. Great pages. Love the little sea critters sketch.

10-17-2015, 10:08 PM
Love the black-eyed Susans

10-17-2015, 10:51 PM
Thank you! i was just doodling with the sea creatures trying for prehistoric creatures in a loose abstraction. I might do more with those! And more pages just letting the pen wander and see what emerges, maybe adding color loosely or carefully or both.

Had fun with the Black Eyed Susans and may revisit the reference doing a single big flower crop.

10-18-2015, 03:08 AM
You have been busy!!

10-18-2015, 08:37 PM
Thank you! Yeah, yesterday was a good art day! Today's a bit smaller but still good. Got in a great little cat memorial - Croggers died untimely young and was very loved. Injured by cruel youths, surgery saved him but two years later his organs failed and he had to be let go. He was very loved. I had to paint him, skattycat moved me so much with the story.

Meditating Crogger
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" landscape
Derwent Graphitint tinted graphite watersoluble pencils
Large Moleskine watercolor journal
Photo reference by skattykat for 10-16-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

10-18-2015, 09:56 PM
OMG, this is so sad. Makes me very :mad: You have created a wonderful tribute to this beautiful kitty. RIP Croggers

10-18-2015, 11:05 PM
Yeah. I felt that way about the photo. He was a sweet, beautiful cat.

Second sketch of the day, demonstrating shadow direction and tree anatomy.

Crooked Tree Demo
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pen (black) on sketch paper.

10-18-2015, 11:32 PM
:heart: Scatty Cat.

Super tree!!

10-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Breaks my heart too. I can't understand cruelty to innocent animals. Makes me wonder who abused the children to make them so filled with hate for beautiful animals.

10-19-2015, 03:08 PM
Lovely tribute. So sad. Wonderful winter tree.

10-19-2015, 09:04 PM
Purr thank you! Oh yeah, Croggers was a total sweetheart and that photo moved me so much. It's just wrong.

Black and White Rooster
3" x 5 1/2"
Pigma Micron 02 and Pentel Brush Pen, Daniel Smith Watercolor
Large Moleskine watercolor journal
Photo reference by hugashrimp for Watermedia Challenge

Today's is from this month's Watermedia Challenge but inspired by the Next Sketch Is... thread. I didn't have any ideas so went with the challenge!

chammi kaiser
10-20-2015, 08:10 AM
The rooster is great Robert. Love those feet. You really are becoming an expert with those brush pens.

10-20-2015, 08:47 AM
Wow!! Rob I love that rooster....

10-20-2015, 02:32 PM
You totally got that roosters attitude. Great sketch.

10-20-2015, 10:27 PM
Purr thank you! Finished the page today with rose from life...

Rooster and Rose Page
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pen and watercolor, pen and wash on large Moleskine watercolor journal
Photo reference by hugashrimp (Rooster), rose from life.

10-20-2015, 10:57 PM
The rose is beautiful. They are not easy to draw at all. Well done.

10-21-2015, 04:10 AM
wow Rob your sketchbook is great, love the painting of Ari 10/15/2015 the colours really work well, and that rooster is fabulous.

10-21-2015, 08:31 PM
Beautiful rose.

10-23-2015, 05:21 PM
Purr! Thank you! I love that rose, it's silk but looks very natural and has a beautiful shape. I have a few others across the room.

Yesterday didn't draw but still within the 48 hour rule, did an abstract exercise. Then did another version of it just in black. So these count as yesterday and today's unless I do more.

Eleven Dots (abstract exercise)
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pen on sketch paper.

Eleven Dots Two
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pen on sketch paper.

10-24-2015, 03:35 AM
Thanks for the link Robert.
What a diverse range of subjects you cover! I have tried chickens from life :lol:. They don't stand still for 5 seconds do they :lol:.
You have done a wonderful job on all of these.

People, especially unoccupied youths can be cruel. We utilise that streak in the armed forces. Poor Croggers. I hope the 'much love' somehow made up for the some of the cruelty :(.
Your sketch book is full of lovely drawings and is a lovely record of your journey :thumbsup:.

10-25-2015, 01:07 AM
Wow, thank you, Jim! I have been doing chickens entirely from photos, though when I move I'll get the chance to try doing them from life. Cats don't hold still either, I'm getting used to what's needed to draw live animals.

Today's sketch another tree demo under yesterday's unposted cat sketch:

Tree Scene and Ari Cat from Life
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pen on sketch paper, life and imagination.

I've got another WDE cat to do so I might get to him tomorrow!

10-25-2015, 06:51 AM
Ari cat looks very comfortable just lying there. You do him so well. The tree looks perilously close to the cliff edge and wicked with those pointed branch ends :eek:. Could be used to Illustrate the forest that the wicked witchlived in her candy house. Either a book or a panto set. I do not think you have pantomime stateside do you? It's where cross-dressing is the norm. A wicked old woman is really an old man and the young man is played by a young lady :lol:. Reserved for Christmas time.
Fun for the kids!

10-27-2015, 04:44 PM
Jim, I love it! I've heard about pantomime, panto - oldrockchick posted some photos of one and it sounded so fun. All the stock characters and silly situations and the cross dressing, that's just great. We don't have that at the holidays but I often wish we did. Eh, if I ever get rich enough for vacations maybe I'll get to UK and visit you and see one!

Today's art and made up for yesterday's still in the 48 hour limit! So far that's working - I haven't missed catching up even once!

"Teo" cat portrait
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, American Journey Watercolor, Derwent ArtBar (white) liquefied and used with Alvin Ruling Pen for whiskers, eye highlights.
Moleskine Watercolor Journal
Photo reference by sundiver for 10-23-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

Candy Colored Playtime (abstract)
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
American Journey watercolor and Derwent ArtBars
Moleskine watercolor journal (large)

First, yesterday started the candy colored playtime abstract yesterday with the spattering - but I had to let it dry, so too tired to do anything more with it when I was done. Went back today with ArtBars and then washed those out. Thought of adding some cool colors and decided against that or pen work. It's too bright to turn it into a background for something but was a good experiment in textures and spattering and fun in itself.

Then today finally did the WDE cat! Have the rooster reference around so may get to that before the week's up. Really getting into mixed water media! Might play with oil pastels as resist on something too.

10-27-2015, 05:01 PM
Beautiful Teo cat.

10-27-2015, 05:16 PM
Purr! Thank you!

Another quick sketch from Next Sketch Is...

Imaginary Owl
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook paper, no reference.

10-28-2015, 08:25 AM
Ooooooowl soooooo nice!!

Gosh you have been busy!

Love all your sketches, your kitty ones are my favourites though :) :cat:

chammi kaiser
10-28-2015, 11:40 AM
Great sketches Robert. You certainly have been a busy fellow. Love the eyes of your lovely cat.

10-28-2015, 12:16 PM
I have recognition of your C&C of my pastel work on that page Robert.
I like Teo very much. He is so realistic, the abstract I am non-conversant with. The owl is wonderful and all from memory as well. Much better than anything I could do with a reference to guide me.

10-28-2015, 03:26 PM
Gorgeous owl.

10-28-2015, 08:30 PM
I love all your kitty paintings and the owl is great! I am inspired by all of your paintings. :)

10-29-2015, 06:05 PM
Purr thank you! I found out on someone else's thread that it's a Great Horned Owl, just forgot the name and remembered what it looked like. Was cool to find out it was something real!

Owls always remind me of cats turned into birds. It's those feathery ears, round heads and catlike bright round eyes!

Today's is from my own photo.

Blue Rose
5 1/2" square
American Journey watercolor on large Moleskine watercolor journal

And from imagination...

Broken Tree
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketch paper.

10-29-2015, 08:16 PM
Gorgeous rose..

I love drawing old damaged trees. The have so much character..

10-30-2015, 03:25 PM
Lovely flower. Poor tree.

10-30-2015, 10:08 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, I felt sad for them when I saw the real ones - though they survived beautifully. One that I saw, the half that cracked and fell over lived and started growing upward again from the former crown, hadn't broken completely off. But did send some new roots into the ground I think along its length or at joints.

White Horse
5 1/2" x 3"
Pigma Micron size 02 and watercolor (Lukas 1862)
Large Moleskine Watercolor Journal, photo by daughter Kitten's permission.

10-31-2015, 05:51 PM
Wonderful horse.

10-31-2015, 08:48 PM
8 1/2" x about 7 1/2"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on sketch paper, memory.

Testing out the Muted Palette set of Tombow Dual Tip pens. These new ones are nice and crisp with sharp points on the brush tip, unlike my worn often used sketch sets. Unfortunately the colors didn't really inspire me as much as I thought they would, that pumpkin looks more like a cooked squash. Eh, at least it's plausible. Just designs - currants, cranberries, gourd with knobbly wart stripes, squash-pumpkin and wheat. Actually it looks like it'd be just fine for Cooked Pumpkin! That's the one that fell in the bonfire maybe?

11-01-2015, 03:58 AM
Cool Harvest Rob

11-01-2015, 07:33 AM
I see what you mean about the colours not being so vibrant Robert. You have kept going all month though and that is good in itself. As has been said a good harvest - reminds me of harvest festival time :thumbsup:.

11-01-2015, 03:03 PM
Delightful still life. Nothing wrong with cooked pumpkin, especially in pie. :)

11-01-2015, 04:20 PM
Mmm thank you! Good point. It'd be a perfect color for baked apples too!

Today I finished up my Harvest page with one thing that just fit it - my left hand sketched from life. Surprised myself with that, it came out better than I've ever done it! I haven't done this in years and the last time I was not happy with results. This time it worked, even if the color's a bit light. I'm a bit more tan than that.

Hand and Harvest Page
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow Dual Tip pens on sketchbook, memory and life.

11-01-2015, 09:30 PM
Oh, I don't know. I think you've created a new hybrid pumpkin, Robert. :thumbsup:

11-02-2015, 01:57 PM
Thanks, Barbara! Yeah, you're right, some are darker than others. I should do one in watercolor though in detail, just get a good feel for it.

Autumn Pines and Sumac (trees demo)
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow Dual Tip "Muted Palette" pens set on sketchbook, memory.

Another demo for email student and a fond memory of bright red autumn sumac sometimes blanketing a whole area with bigger trees behind, especially if they hadn't turned yet. Among many things I didn't have cameras for when I was a kid or know how to sketch.

11-03-2015, 01:49 PM
Today's still more fall landscape sketch in Tombows!

Fall Foliage
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook, Muted, Landscape and Grays
Photo reference by BeeG for November Landscape Challenge

11-03-2015, 07:00 PM
These new pens are wonderful for fall type pictures. Great sketches.

11-03-2015, 08:23 PM
Your Tombow pens are sure getting a workout! Your choice of colors work well for autumn, as Debby pointed out. Do you like them better than the W&N brush pens?

11-03-2015, 10:20 PM
I have one Tombow, A double ended black. I love that it s not waterproof and I have some real fun with it sometimes.

11-04-2015, 08:45 PM
Purr thank you!

As for the two different watersoluble brush pens, I love them both. Tombows aren't lightfast, they're really sketch media. Winsor & Newtons are serious permanent archival supplies so sometimes they're a bit too good to use - also W&N blend out better into values, dissolve better even dry, more pigmented. But not as many colors or so disposable and cheap. On cheap sketch paper Tombows are it. I use them for things that may not be important years from now, but would really like the full range in W&N someday.

I can easily see working out stuff in Tombows and then doing it again in Winsor & Newtons.

Also want the non watersoluble full range Big Brush set of Pitt Artist Pens with all their light values, a perfect combo with the Winsor & Newtons... so cool.

So here's today's sketches... first one in the morning, second two pages done at the clinic waiting for the van:

Ari from Life, Two Views
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pigma Micron pen and Pentel brush pen with watercolor
Small Moleskine Watercolor Journal

Pigeon (from own photo)
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Derwent Graphitint pencils, washed, and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
Small Moleskine Watercolor Journal

Leaves and Flower from Life
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Derwent Graphitint pencils, washed plus touch of yellow from Derwent ArtBar
Small Moleskine Watercolor Journal

So, very productive day and I'm glad I got the replacements for the small pocket Moleskine Watercolor journal, now I don't fear filling it up!

11-05-2015, 02:29 PM
Glad Ari made another appearance. The graphitints are perfect for that pigeon. Awesome you had a productive day.

11-05-2015, 03:33 PM
Purr thank you! Today's page is from the bigger Moleskine. I tried the Watermedia challenge rose and stuck in a rosebud from imagination to fill the page. I like how the background worked especially after the wash, and the leaves on the rosebud as flat silhouettes in smooth hatching and washed. Sometimes it's fun using colored pens as pens.

If I worked a bit larger I could have a go with the pen end of the Tombows sometime, especially with all of them sitting around.

Rose and Rosebud
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Stabilo Point88 Pens, washed, on large Moleskine watercolor journal
photo reference by smudged-blue for Nov. 2015 Watermedia Challenge

11-06-2015, 03:46 PM
Lovely roses.

11-07-2015, 06:27 PM
Thank you! Today I went back to Tombows and puttering with pines.

Pines Sketch (memory)
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook.

11-08-2015, 09:11 PM
Dove right into my comfort zone today with Ari Cat using the Grays set of Tombow pens. He posed. That is how it happened. I wasn't even up to sketchng, thought I was going to catch up tomorrow - and then he looked at me with those big blue eyes!

Ari Cat from Life
Approx. 8" square (shown)
Tombow dual tip pens (Grayscale) on sketchbook

11-09-2015, 01:04 AM
Aaaaaaaaaw :cat:

11-09-2015, 03:21 AM
I can see that it's easy for one to get caught up in his world. Very nice indeed.

11-09-2015, 03:50 PM
Beautiful. :cat:

11-10-2015, 06:09 PM
Purr thank you! You're so right, Jim! How can I draw anything else when he just lays there like a Sphinx and looks at me like that? He's irresistible.

Caught up yesterday's art with the Tombows version, then did my entry for the current Blick contest on Facebook...

Leaves 1 (reference by smudged-blue)
8 1/2" x 7"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook

Leaves 2 (reference by smudged-blue)
8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pentel pocket brush pen, Prismacolor Watercolor pencils and wash
Large Moleskine watercolor journal

11-10-2015, 08:09 PM
Very colorful leaves! Did you ever hear back from the last Blick contest? All of our leaves are gone so I'm getting my fill of autumn color from your leaves. :)

11-11-2015, 02:38 PM
Delightful fall leaves.

11-12-2015, 02:43 PM
Thanks! I haven't heard back from any of the Blick contests. They only contact you if you win. Though I usually go back and look at my images. I's a random drawing so I don't go around drumming up votes or something. Really hope I win this one though, since I don't have any Luminance pencils and always wanted them.

Here's one making up for yesterday no art...

Pears from Life
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Neocolor II watersoluble crayons on large Moleskine Watercolor Journal

More to come...

11-13-2015, 11:53 AM
Yesterday's and today's sketches, under the Tombow leaves. Kyra the Kitten's Debut!

Autumn Leaves and Kitten Kyra
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook
Photo reference leaves by smudged-blue, kitten by permission of Kitten42

11-13-2015, 03:26 PM
Luscious looking pears. Hope they taste as good as they look. Kyra's debut? Is she going to get regular sketches too, like Ari? Sweet kitten.

11-13-2015, 06:25 PM
Lovely leaf and pear studies... and of course, always love you cats!!

11-13-2015, 06:27 PM
The fall image in #604 is really nicely done. I admire your marker work. Also the form on the pigeon and its movement are so nice.

11-15-2015, 06:39 PM
Wow, thank you! Actually yes, especially once I move back there I'll have her around to draw so often. I'm hoping to train her to leash walking so she can be a coming-with emotional support cat. Ari doesn't like going out much and has to be in the cat bag if he is, because he won't wear a collar and gets tangled in a harness and doesn't get it. He only likes going out if everythng's packed and we're moving.

Here's yesterday and today's daily art!

Tyrannosaur Hollyhock, stage 1 pen
Pigma Micron pen on large Moleskine watercolor book
photo reference by Joanne_N for 11-13-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

Tyrannosaur Hollyhock Page
Pigma Micron Pen and Watercolor on large Moleskine watercolor book
photo reference by Joanne_N for 11-13-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

I love this page. Best dino skeleton I've done, ever. Planning a reconstruction on following page!

11-16-2015, 03:36 PM
Awesome skeleton. Sweet flower and bee.

11-17-2015, 07:20 AM
I agree with Debby, awesome work.

Love the bee!!! :)

11-18-2015, 12:29 PM
Thank you! Working on something else with pears because I got another pear for lunch and posed it with my artifical one. Pretty pear and lumpy pear together. Using Neocolor II just got underpainting done letting it dry.

I got it to a certain texture and left it alone, just do not want to mess with it more. It has a stark abstracted look that sorta works. Better to halt than overwork it.

Pears from Life (one real one artificial)
7" square
Neocolor II watersoluble crayons on Stillman & Birn Delta journal

11-18-2015, 02:19 PM
Pears, like people come in all shapes and sizes. Really like the background you got.

11-20-2015, 11:23 PM
nice pears, esp the shadows!

11-21-2015, 01:32 AM
Yummy pears!!!

11-21-2015, 04:51 AM
great pears :)

11-24-2015, 04:49 PM
Robert, your sketches are excellent.

11-25-2015, 01:30 PM
Purr! Thank you! I really had fun with those. Have been busy working on and catching up with my Nanowrimo novel, so today's when I came back to sketching. Had a couple of earlier sketches on this page I decided not to post until I filled the page.

Life Sketches
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pen on sketchbook.

I've noticed this cheap sketchbook is almost full, it hasn't got many pages left. That is a really good feeling. I especially liked using the Tombows in it, lets me draw pretty big sometimes.

11-25-2015, 03:06 PM
Great page of sketches.

11-25-2015, 07:21 PM
Super pen and ink work.

I am slack sketching right now, I am a bit under the weather.

Keep inspiring me Rob!!

Joan T
11-25-2015, 07:39 PM
Leaves, pears, dinosaurs...oh, my! Nice sketches, Robert!

11-26-2015, 10:30 PM
Nice Swiss Army Knife!

11-27-2015, 07:45 PM
thank you! I finally did the dinosaur facing page, meant to do pen and wash but didn't wash it...

Dinosaur and Sake Set Page
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Dark Indigo Derwent Graphitint pencil on large Moleskine watercolor page.
Photo of sake set from Urban Sketching e-book exercise.

11-28-2015, 09:07 AM
The T-Rex is especially mean after he has too much Sake! That is where the term 'mean drunk' came from! :lol:

Nice job on both! You really could have the Rex holding the Sake. A friend who lives Dino's is doing hers in all sorts of funny ways, like dressing as little red riding hood!

11-28-2015, 03:29 PM
Interesting juxtaposition... who would have known that T-Rex likes sake? :lol: Great sketches.

11-28-2015, 07:38 PM
Love your Dinosaur Rob. Next Tuesday Sketchout I organise is going to be at the Museum and Science centre..

11-29-2015, 08:15 AM
LOL - I didn't even think of that but yeah, he would be a really mean drunk! I just used the space next to him for the next thing I wanted to draw instead of putting the sake set on the back of the page. I have yet to arrange these pages by theme or anything, it's a big deal just using the space effectively without funny shaped gaps and bad white space.

Yesterday did some sketching from life, inked with brush pen...

Cats from Life
5 1/2" x 4"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on large Moleskine watercolor book
Zouletta Serval is from Big Cat Hospital live video feed where she's recovering from belly surgery. I left off her transparent Cone of Shame, since I doubt the model would want that remembered.

I will be adding watercolor but want to finish the page with ink first.

11-29-2015, 02:52 PM
Beautiful page of cats. Sweet of you to leave off the cone of shame. :cat:

11-29-2015, 03:25 PM
:wave: I remember your cat sketches and Ari from the last time I frequented these forums. How nice to see you're still keeping it going :D Sorry I've only browsed the last 10 pages, but great sketches all round, I do love how you work with colour! Excellent! :clap: The autumn leaves reffed from smudged-blue are beautiful!

11-30-2015, 05:13 AM
Oh purr, thank you, Aiylah! So glad you're back!

Purr, Debby! Tonight i had the happy thrill of seeing Zouletta minus the Cone of Shame. Started out with her head out of sight and just her rear end flopped, then she stood and walked around, turned her face to the side... had several chances at her pretty face but all of them in motion. Settled on th profile because something kept getting her attention, she turned that way more often. Really interesting markings. i've still got the feed open and may do more. She was very frisky tonight washing herself, rolling, turning around, curling up in different ways. A moving target captured in pencil, pen, watercolor!

Cats from Life, Ari and Zouletta Serval
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolor
Large Moleskine Watercolor Journal
Zouletta drawn and painted from Big Cat Hospital (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigcathospital?utm_source=crowd-live-backend&utm_medium=visit-channel&utm_campaign=notifications) feed where she is recovering from surgery to remove an acorn from her small intestine. She's still live at time of posting and moved around quite a bit more last night, finally gave me a good profile!

11-30-2015, 06:42 AM
Absolutely fabulous sketches Rob.

11-30-2015, 03:19 PM
Lovely series :)

11-30-2015, 03:31 PM
Gorgeous sketches of Zouletta.

11-30-2015, 10:14 PM
I've been a follower for Big Cat Rescue for a long time. Got involved with Skippy, a bobcat. http://bigcatrescue.org/skip-the-bobcat-rescue/

Unfortunately Skippy died three years ago from a poison frog or mushroom.:crying:

The cats are so beautiful and so well taken care of. I love your tribute to Zouletta.

12-02-2015, 01:44 PM
Purr thank you! Barbara, that's how I got into BCR too - Skippy! I felt so sad when he died. He was such a beautiful cat, but he had a good life there and would have died on the road without his surgery. Three more happy years at BCR was well worth it.

I love Zouletta, she's still on camera and getting a little more lively. She's eating now and enjoying treats on a stick. Still concerned about her bowel movements but maybe she's past that and I just didn't witness it.

Today I got back to pastels!

Orange Tree
5" x 7"
Caran d'ache Soft Pastels on light blue Canson Mi-Tientes
Photo reference by DAK723

This was from the November Pastel Spotlight and sketched in November but I didn't have the energy to finish while working on the novel. I won Nanowrimo, got 51,000 words on the last day, did the last chapter yesterday and now finally back to art! All caught up again - writing counts!

12-02-2015, 01:47 PM
Of course writing counts. What was your story about this year?

Lovely fall scene.

12-03-2015, 03:39 AM
Your pastel painting is gorgeous Rob!!

12-03-2015, 09:49 PM
Thank you! This year's story was about vampires. It started out as an mm romance but that drifted to subplot and the main conflict was about one of the main character's newly connected brothers. MC found his new family and then had to face Hades, lord of the dead, to help his brother fully become a vampire instead of just a corpse.

So glad to be back to art though! I missed doing pastels and as I packed up some of my art supplies to prepare for fumigation, found my Inktense set. Had to play with those again, they feel new again to me as loved supplies always do after a rest. too many things got stacked on top of them. So I took them out of the tin and put them in a leather case, then put my Derwent watercolor pencils into their tin so they're safe.

Vase of Silk Flowers (Life)
5 1/2" x 3 1/2" approx
Derwent Inktense pencils on large Moleskine watercolor book, washed.

The big roses are actually dusty rose and dusty plum but I felt like doing them in blue, so they're blue. Turned the white lily red just to have a spot of warm color there. It needed that touch of warm!

12-04-2015, 02:37 PM
Finished the page with today's gecko from the Weekend Drawing Event!

Gilbert Gecko Page
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Derwent Inktense pencils and Pigma Micron 02
Large Moleskine Watercolor Book
Photo reference for gecko from 12-4-2015 Weekend Drawing Event by Dominic_M

12-04-2015, 02:47 PM
Great sketches, Robert. I love how you did the rose with the Inktense pencils. It looks so cool when done with those pencils. I've been thinking of getting a set of Inktense pencils and combining them with Pitt Artist Brush Pens when I get a new sketchbook.

12-04-2015, 03:06 PM
Sandra, that would be a fantastic combination! I'd love to see Pitt artist pens used with Inktense. The textures would go well together and the pen marks would not dissolve at all, easy to go over them with pencil ink washes.

12-04-2015, 04:47 PM
Sandra, that would be a fantastic combination! I'd love to see Pitt artist pens used with Inktense. The textures would go well together and the pen marks would not dissolve at all, easy to go over them with pencil ink washes.Robert, I'm definitely thinking of giving that a try. Though, that's anywhere from 3 to 5 months away (I've got 79 pages in my Pentalic sketchbook to fill up with practing gesture skethces and drawings in pen-and-ink and then I have about 90 watercolor pencils for another sketchbook). Working on both sides of the page, which paper do you see working best for this combination if Inktense were used with water?

12-04-2015, 05:01 PM
Lovely flowers. Very cool gecko.

12-05-2015, 02:20 PM
Purr, thank you both!

Any Mix Media or watercolor paper, Sandra. Inktense work well in journals with heavy paper. Strathmore Mix Media or anything that says "and light washes" can handle it, but the heavier it is the better. Rough papers like Stillman & Birn Beta or Delta journals are fun, easy to get broken color dry and the wash will still spread smooth if you haven't pressed deep enough for lines. You can even use Inktense for fabric painting or liquefy to do stamping, just paint on the stamp and use it fast.

Here's another Inktense painting done on Stillman & Birn Delta paper, 180lb rough cream color rag paper. The previous were in a large Moleskine watercolor journal, that's 140lb cold press. Different brands have different textures too. Inktense are fine with anything you can use washes in.

7" square
Derwent Inktense on Stillman & Birn Delta journal rough 180lb paper
Photo reference by Dominic_M for WDE 12-4-2015

Joan T
12-05-2015, 05:33 PM
Robert, it is always fun to catch up on your posts here, even though I've seen many of these on FB. Super work!

12-05-2015, 10:23 PM
I do love your inktense studies. I have some inktense here - oh my are they fun and so very vibrant.. :)

12-05-2015, 10:43 PM
Great henge sketch.

12-06-2015, 01:48 PM
Purr thank you! Having fun with these. Just penciled before a pen and wash treatment of two more WDE scenes - not posting these preliminaries on Facebook but they're here!

Pencil stage of Hawaiian Waterfall

Pencil Stage of White Horse on the Hill
both on large watercolor Moleskine book, facing pages. Mechanical pencil.

Photos by Dominic_M, these are the other two landscapes I really wanted to do and I just finished watchng Marc Taro Holmes on doing panoramic urban sketching. His method really helps! I might break the pen stage down to two like he does, use a Pigma Micron and then black accnts with the Pentel brush pen, then start pulling color off Inktense pencils with a brush or get out watercolors. Or just use teh Pigma Microns, depends on whether black accents would help it. I think the Hawaiian scene would look better with brush pen and the UK scene with chalk horse with finer inking, there's always just using different pens per scene.

12-06-2015, 02:35 PM
Robert, thank you. I though heavier papers would work better with them, but wasn't sure. The Stonehenge sketch turned out great. What I like about that sketch is that although you've done it in Inktense it doesn't look like Inktense pencils were used.

12-06-2015, 02:45 PM
Great sketches. Looking forward to seeing the ink.

12-06-2015, 05:00 PM
Love the Stonehenge :) Congrats on completing NaNoWriMo! I managed it one year, and attempted a couple more after that but didn't manage. Haven't tried the last few years now. It's quite the accomplishment, well done! :)

12-07-2015, 06:20 PM
Sandra, thank you! That's a challenge, you're right. Inktense have a particular look but I blended a lot of colors and knew to go lightly where I didn't want heavy dark color. I was looking for some light hues I thought I had, but they weren't in the set - they're in the watercolor pencils set. Not the same range at all! Inktense has about four different blacks, very few grays, and most colors medium or dark. Light value takes pulling color off with a brush or going so lightly it all dissolves.

Inked one of my two scenes, the tricky one is Hawaii and I'm really going to have to ink that carefully, maybe with more than one pen.

Ink stage of White Horse on the Hill
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pigma Micron size 03 on large Moleskine watercolor book.
Photo by Dominic_M for WDE 12-4-2015.

12-08-2015, 01:02 AM
Love what you did with stonehenge. Looking forward to seeing the others finished.

Must admit I looked at the horse on the hill and thought 'that's not the white horse!' I looked it up and discovered that there are loads of them! I only ever knew about the white horse at Uffington. It is the oldest one and I used to go past it in the car when visiting my nan. Well you learn something every day- I might have to visit the others at some point.

12-08-2015, 03:19 AM
Very nice stuff Rob!

12-08-2015, 12:03 PM
LOL Sydney, yeah, it'd be like seeing a photo of another henge! I love all the white horses and ancient monuments, they're fantastic!

Inked the other scene and got a photo of the two page spread too! Will finish today or tomorrow.

WDE Waterfall and White Horse Pages Together, Inked

Hawaiian Waterfall Inked(12-4-2015 WDE host Dominic_M photo)
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Sakura Pigma Micron pen size 01
Moleskine large watercolor book

12-08-2015, 04:14 PM
Absolutely lovely, both of the scenes.

12-10-2015, 11:33 PM
Purr! Thank you!

I finished both today! Got in the white horse earlier, just finished the waterfall...

Hawaiian Waterfall and White Horse on the Hill Pages Together

Hawaiian Waterfall
8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pigma Micron pen and Yarka Professional watercolors
large Moleskine watercolor journal
Photo reference by Dominic_M for WDE 12-4-2015

White Horse on the Hill
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pigma Micron pen and Yarka watercolor on large Moleskine watercolor book
Photo reference by Dominic_M for 12-4-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

Whew! Barely got it done by end of week. Had to pick a challenging pair on a difficult week, oh boy!

And also drew my cat in pencil today on a little ATC pad.
Ari Cat from Life ATC
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" landscape
Pencil on Borden & Riley ATC Drawing pad.

12-11-2015, 04:20 PM
Awesome finish to both of these. Ari is sweet.

12-11-2015, 06:53 PM
Wow, that is a beautiful waterfall... love that one. Nicely done.

12-11-2015, 08:23 PM
Really nice landscape sketches and paintings, Robert. Good of you to get a sketch of Ari in, after you've sketched him so many times. Keep going with these.

Joan T
12-11-2015, 09:25 PM
These came out great, Robert!!! The hatching on the waterfall is super!

chammi kaiser
12-12-2015, 06:56 AM
They are all really nice Robert but the waterfall is my favourite. It really is a terrific sketch.

12-12-2015, 10:52 PM
Purr thank you! I liked the horse scene but the waterfall just grabbed me. I had to do that one and get it right, then when I painted it was dead tired. I got looser with the watercolor than ever before and that really worked. I think this was one of the times I did one of my best without realizing it till afterward.

I may develop a larger painting from it later on, pastels or a bigger pen-watercolor version. This is something to remember and study to keep going with it! But that's one of the things this journal's for!

12-13-2015, 04:41 AM
Those are definitely some of your best Rob! Freer but considered, a great balance.

01-01-2016, 03:31 PM
Well, I would be making a post with today's art except technical difficulties with my new Asus Transformer kept me from getting the photo off my Kindle. I have no idea how to do it and am about fed up. Arrgh!

It's time for new thread anyway. Grr.

Joan T
01-01-2016, 08:23 PM
Sorry for your technical difficulties. Happy New Year!!!

01-03-2016, 06:41 AM
Oh dear! I am having to replace my old desktop (still using xp) and am not looking forward to the learning curve, problems and loss of programmes :(

I was going to buy a new one with windows 10 with a lot of trepidation after hearing so many negative comments. Think I'm going for a pre loved from a friend, on windows 7, though. It has good specs and he's a techie so knows his stuff and will set it up for me :)

Good luck and Happy New Year

01-03-2016, 09:25 AM
All my software, Photoshop, etc. is now on a nearly dead computer....I hear your pain, dreading trying to move it, as well as iTunes, etc. my other computer is a few years old one had been reserved for work.....

01-07-2016, 11:19 AM
Thanks. I got the old one set up now and just downloaded from my Kindle, but haven't even taken photos of half my recent sketches. Oh well. Still sorting things out. The download went crazy and took everything including hundreds of things like app icons and directional icons and hundreds of Washington Post logos. Gets real tired deleting Washington Post logos.

01-07-2016, 12:43 PM
More or less in order, here's everything I got photos of from December 2015. Still may have others to get photos of.

Wainscoting design drawn in pencil from Winton Hotel, Dec. 8th 2015, from life.

12-24-2015 Horses page in pen on largest Moleskine Folio, the really big one. All from life. May be painting these later.

Pen and wash Lichen and pine twig about 5 x 6" corner of giant Moleskine Folio. Life. 12-24-2015

12-26-2015 Arkansas Sky Study, Cretacolor Aqua Monolith over graphite sketch used dry, large Moleskine Watercolor Journal. (Not giant just the 5 x 8" size large).

12-26-2015 Donkeys from Life, sketched in monochrome Aqua Monolith on large Moleskine Watercolor Journal.

That's it for now but as I go through other sketchbooks I might find other December sketches I haven't posted yet. Life got entertaining during the move and while I was sketching something every day I didn't always get photos.

01-07-2016, 03:12 PM
Wonderful sketches. Love the page of horse studies.

01-08-2016, 05:54 AM
like that lichen :)

Joan T
01-09-2016, 10:36 PM
Nice sketches of the horses and the lichen!!!

01-12-2016, 10:44 PM
Purr! Thank you! I found a few more - took some more photos of the other small sketchbooks I carried around during December. So here are some more I managed to process and ready to post!

I am SO disorganized by this move! Hopefully I'll get sorted out by the end of this month and the 2016 thread stabilize.

December 17 - Seagulls and Trees double page. This was back in San Francisco.

Then there was December 19th, bunch of small ones that day!
Hat, glove and tree added on the 19th in the little plain paper Moleskine pocket journal. There's more!

Boy and Horse from Life, same journal facing page...

Horses Page (from life)
I was out riding around with Kitten that day sketching as she trimmed their hooves and shod them.

Horses Trees Page, same journal, same day. Just kept sketching!

01-12-2016, 10:52 PM
Three more now from later in December after I really got here.

December 28th
Two page spread, pen and watercolor. Small Strathmore journal about 3" x 5" size, 140lb watercolor paper. Color on the leaf was Cretacolor Aqua Brique blocks, I had fun using them like giant pans. The bowl and branch were Cretacolor Aqua Monoliths.

December 31
Chickens Cats Page. Pen and watercolor I think, might have just been colored pens on the chickens.

December 31
Pepper and pot still life, from life, fountain pen.

I think I might be all caught up now. Though if I turn up any more I'll come back to post them! Got a few for the January thread to post too.

01-13-2016, 05:27 AM
Catching up here Rob!! Super sketches.. :)

01-13-2016, 07:53 AM
Purr thanks! LOL yeah so am I, for not always even being online much while moving. I might be spending less time online overall anyway but will be doing a lot more plein air as I settle in.

02-02-2016, 03:28 AM
I just read through this entire thread and all I can say is WOW! I love your brush work and it's amazing to see how much your art has improved in just a year.

02-04-2016, 09:29 PM
Thank you! I don't always look back and that warms my heart. I'm used to what I'm doing now and sometimes get surprised at how good older pieces were - but also sometimes at their flaws or how something now easy wasn't always.

02-05-2016, 05:40 AM
More plein air will be great :)