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01-06-2015, 09:36 PM
Hello all!
I know it has been a while since I have last posted in the Art Journals forum, but seeing the sketches Robert and Joan and a few others were doing in 2014 has made me want to try to do sketches in 2015. So, I wanted to start a thread for all of my sketches for 2015.

Right now these are on loose sheets of paper as I am trying to use up the pads of paper I have and the colored pencils we have at home, but eventually I hope to move on to pen and ink work.

These are the sketches I did this past weekend, all done on Canson Mi-Teintes paper and with a mixture of Prismacolor and Caran D'ache Supracolor pencils.
Day 1, January 2nd. Sunset, sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Day 2. Today I went with my mom to her hair appointment and did sketching of a flower in the hair salon while she was getting her hair done. This is not my best sketch (I would consider it a pretty poor sketch) but the reason for the child-like style of the sketch is that I was using the "chicken" texture of the paper and did not realize this until I was into the sketch.
Day 3. Another Sunset, done at about 5:10 pm (when I was doing the previous sunset I thought of doing a series of them while I have enough blue, purple, and pink pencils).
C&C welcome, as comments and critiques help me learn and get better at drawing and sketching.

01-06-2015, 09:41 PM
Here is a sketch of the sunset I did today, this time it was between 5:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. as I was trying to do the sketch so it would have roughly the same coloring as my previous sunset sketches and it was a nice of using pinks and purples that I normally do not use when sketching.
This is again on Canson Mi-Teintes paper, done with mostly Prismacolor Premier and some Caran D'ache Supracolor (Supracolor pencils used dry).

As alwasy, comments and critiques welcome as they help me learn and improve.

Jack Giesen
01-06-2015, 10:09 PM
Those stacks of loose paper can be a lot of fun. :) Keep it up!

01-07-2015, 08:37 AM
Great colors in your sunsets. I really like that first one and the last one you did, where you're doing it with a horizon over the sea it's very rich and beautiful.

01-07-2015, 02:25 PM
Glad you were inspired and are taking action. Lovely sunsets.

01-07-2015, 05:39 PM
Jack, Robert, and Debby, thank you all for your comments.

Robert, what you wrote means a lot coming from you. You are one of the artists here that I am taking inspiration from.

Debby, I am glad also. While I realize art will not be the main thing in my life, it can be a hobby that I enjoy and it would be fun to see improvement over time.

Jack, I want to thank you for your encouragement.

I am gong to go for a walk shortly and am planning on taking the Mi-Teintes pad and colored pencils with me, hoping to do more sketches. I might do another sunset sketch if I get home in time to have another at it (so far I have been starting them when pink/purple were popping up and finishing them in near darkness, drawing them from home).

Joan T
01-07-2015, 09:54 PM
Glad to see you were inspired to start sketching again. Isn't it fun to be able to capture what is in front of you like the marvelous colors of the sunset? Keep these coming.

01-07-2015, 11:42 PM
Joan, thank you. I find that I have to agree with you on it being fun to capture the colors right in front of our eyes.

Here are one of the sketches I did today.
I went on a walk today to the municipal building in Monterey and when I got to it, I found a few spots where I could and sketch. I ended up choosing a spot near a few shrubs and a tree and spent most of my sketching time sketching the shrubs and flowers nearby. Toward the end of my sketching time (I only had about an hour after I got there before I needed to get home if I wanted to sketch the sunset, which I didn't get to), I started doing a tree study that would have required more patience than I had at that point since I didn't really finish it. Nevertheless, here it is:
I am hoping to find time tomorrow to sketch the sunset as those are turning out to be a lot of fun to sketch. As always, comments and critiques are welcome.

01-08-2015, 02:45 PM
Sorry you missed your sunset. Observing life and sketching is a great way to go.

01-08-2015, 04:01 PM
Since you are using Supracolors, have you tried wetting them? They have brilliant color. Experiment. Have fun.
drawing from life is the best training. There's a challenge that says walk 20 steps, stop and draw whatever you see, walk another 20 steps and sketch something else, etc etc etc.
Most important is to have fun.

01-08-2015, 11:56 PM
Debby and pezk, thank you both.

Debby, I was not too sad that I missed the sunset. My mom, my brother, and I had a fun time at a coffee shop and then with the shopping my mom and I did.

pezk, I have not tried wetting the Supracolors, but I did try wetting the old Derwents. I remember not having much luck blending the Derwents dry after laying them dry on top of the wetted Derwents; perhaps this was the reason I did not try it with the Supracolors. Also I wanting to get back to using pen and ink (Pitt Artist pens) but since I am the only one in our family who does any type of art, I have a boat load of colored pencils (that are mostly watercolor pencils, but I am not sure if we have the brushes) to use up first.

Today I did a neat sketch of the sunset and started another sketch that I will probably post tomorrow. I might post today's sunset sketch tonight though.

01-15-2015, 12:58 AM
Here are the sketches I did at the end of last week. The first sketch, done Thursday of last week, was another sunset. This day my usual sunset sketching part of the sky was cloudy, so I ended up sketching the sunset in the eastern part of the sky.
The next day I did a sketch of the shoreline of the neighboring town.
I ended up not fully finishing this sketch as at one point I saw the gorgeous sunset colors and just had to sketch the sunset.
As always, comments and critiques are welcome and would be appreciated.

01-15-2015, 01:03 AM
This is a sketch I did today. This time I was sketching the morning sky as the scene looked a little like how I expected the sky to look right after a sunrise.
This sketch, like the previous one was done using a mixture of non-watercolor pencils (using regular colored pencils) on Arches cold-pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper.

As always, comments and critiques are welcome.

01-15-2015, 03:37 PM
Getting a lot of color combinations in your sketches with the pencils. Good job.

Joan T
01-17-2015, 06:08 PM
You are on the right track by sketching often and lots of different subjects. I find I can sit in one spot and just rotate slightly and find something else to sketch. Keep working!

01-20-2015, 04:56 PM
Joan and Debby, thank you. Your comments are helpful and encourage and motivate me to keep going.

This past weekend my family and I went on a ski trip, and naturally I took my pencils and my drawing pads with me. Most of the sketching that I did was done while we were driving (when I was in the back seat of the car, no less), but even then I was surprised at how much the view can change from one sketch to another.

Joan, like you, I found even the same view can provide several sketches as by the time I was finished with one sketch, it changed enough that when I started sketching it again, it looked like a totally different view, even though it was the same spot.

I ended up doing a total of fifteen sketches. I will try to upload them later today.

Joan T
01-23-2015, 04:56 PM
I'll be watching for your sketches from your trip. I never get to sketch from the car since I'm usually driving. lol

01-26-2015, 02:07 AM
Love those colors you used in your sketch of the sunset! I like what Joan said about sitting in one spot and rotating vision. good idea!

01-27-2015, 08:51 PM
There are such wonderful sunsets in your neighbourhood. Well done!

02-02-2015, 01:07 AM
Joan, zebby, and eyepaint, thank you all for your comments. They really encourage me.

Joan, I think in one of the sketches I would be doing I will try the idea you suggested "about sitting in one spot and rotating vision: (to use zebby's words).

02-02-2015, 01:20 AM
I finally got around to scanning the sketches from our ski trip. The trip itself was a lot of fun.

These are the sketches from day 1 of the trip.
This was the day when we drove to Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which was the destination of our ski trip. I knew that sketching while we were driving (I was in the back seat of the car) would be challenging from I remembered from my California sketchbook, but sketching with colored pencils (these were watercolor pencils used dry) while moving was even more challenging.

A little further on the way, I saw pine trees and started sketching one. As usual, I ended up only getting the outline while looking directly at it and had to finish the sketch partially from memory.
I will upload the sketches done during days 2 and 3 of our trip as my next posts in the thread.

As always, comments and critiques are welcome and appreciated. I find your comments help inspire me and keep me going and improving.

02-02-2015, 01:36 AM
Here are day 2 sketches of our trip. The first page has sketches that were done on the way from the hotel to the ski resort. is a sketch of the day's sunset, which was done from memory.
I first saw this sunset when we were about to go have dinner at the resort and the colors of the sunset stuck in my mind so much that when we got to our hotel room, I had to sketch them. Also, while doing sketch of the sunset, I also decided to try my hand at sketching apple core (after I had eaten the apple, of course).
I do not have any sketches of the mountains, as I did not have my colored pencils on the mountains (my dad was taking pictures though). Also, this was my first time and I was just learning how to ski downhill.

Comments and critiques are welcome, as always.

02-02-2015, 01:45 AM
Day 3 sketches of the trip are sketches of the sunset.
What amazed me with these sketches is how the sky would change during the time it would take me to do each sketch. With these sketches I would start doing them while looking directly at the sketching spot and finish from memory of it. By the time I was done with one sketch, the sky had changed enough that I was able do a sketch, which looked quite different from the previous sketch. Though I sketching mostly the same spot in the sky.

Today I had a slightly better day learning to downhill ski and thus was not able to do sketches of the mountains. Though, the views of the mountains were majestic and I will not look at the mountains the same way ever again.

Comments and critiques (and criticism, if constructive) are welcome and appreciated.

02-02-2015, 01:37 PM
I'm amazed you got so many sketches done while on holiday. Great job.

02-05-2015, 02:44 PM
Thank you, Debby. Though I have to say it was only because I was sitting in the back seat of the car (my brother was in the front seat or driving) while I was doing the sketches and I only did a few each day while we were driving.

02-08-2015, 03:21 PM
Great holiday sketches! Definitely cool you were able to sketch riding in the back of the car. That can be difficult but you're growing a swift and steady hand.

Joan T
02-13-2015, 09:13 PM
:thumbsup: I'm impressed that you were able to do so much sketching from the car. Things pass by so fast that you do have to rely on memory a lot. Good job!

03-28-2015, 03:51 PM
Robert and Joan, thank you both. Robert, I was a science major as an undergrad and am studying science in grad school, so that helps having a steady working hand, I think.

I have had school and other stuff get in the way and have not been able to comment as much. This month has been a slow month sketching-wise for me, but I'll try to get some sketching done today and will try to post it tonight.

12-02-2015, 06:37 PM
So, with school getting busy between March and the fall season, I've not been able to do sketches at that time. Decided to get back into it at the beginning of November, but I have not gotten around to posting them until now. Here they are.

These first two pages are from the day my mom and I went shopping and I decided to take my 9.5*12" drawing pad and Caran D'ache Classicolor watercolor pencils with me.
These sketches were from the time my dad and I went shopping for fish. Still in same drawing pad and with the same pencils.
There are more sketches I've done in November and I will upload them next. C&C appreciated. Thank you.

12-02-2015, 07:05 PM
The next two sketches were done on two consecutive days. First is a rough sketch of the roses I received for my birthday
and second is a sketch of a sycamore leaf my mom and I saw near a restaurant where we had dinner.
This next sketch was a sketch done from memory of a tree near the Fisherman's Wharf in one of the previous sketches.
These three sketches were in my 9.5*12" drawing pad with the Caran D'ache Classicolor watercolor pencils. With the exception of a couple of sketches that didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, these were the final sketches in this drawing pad. The next sketches I will upload are in my smaller drawing pad.

C&C are welcome and appreciate. Thank you.

12-02-2015, 07:12 PM
I am not sure why that sycamore leaf got uploaded upside down. Mods, can you fix it?

12-02-2015, 07:24 PM
I wanted to move on to my 8*10" Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Pad, still continuing to use colored pencils. First sketch is of a fruit bowl with me sitting a few feet away from it.
The following sketches are from our day trip to Point Lobos with my dad's friend, all done using Caran D'ache Swisscolor colored pencils.
C&C are welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

12-02-2015, 07:31 PM
Heeding my dad's advice on improving my drawing skills, I went back to my Pentalic Sketchbook and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, brush nib in shades of gray. Here are a few more recent sketches:

The first sketch is a sketch of one of the fall leaves my mom brought home from her dental appointment.
Next are sketches of a fruit bowl (mostly persimmons) and crackers. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2015/226500-img028.jpg
And here is another sketch of an area near Fisherman's Wharf here in Monterey, California. Hard to believe the tides have been so large that they've had to build a sand wall that I tried sketching.

As always, C&C are welcome and appreciated and help me improve and decide on which direction (regarding ideas and materials) to take my sketching in next. Thank you.

12-03-2015, 04:10 PM
Good for you picking the sketching up again. The answer to your question about direction and materials is a very personal one. Only you can decide. So I ask you, what direction do you want to go? Loose, sketchy abstracts or more realistic? Do you want to draw or paint? Do you have more fun using pens or pencils? See, only you can answer these and other questions. :) You will figure it out by continuing to work on it and trying different media. Paper or support plays an important role in the choice of media as well.

12-03-2015, 06:44 PM
Debby, thank you. I know that the question about direction and materials is a personal one, but I thought the comments from the members here would be of help to me when deciding about the direction to go in and materials to use.

While I have fun using pens and pencils and in the past watercolor and oil pastels, I love the impressionistic look of Impressionism paintings. I would like to start emulating that look in my sketchbooks and journals. I think the pens and pencils each have their uses and it is by continuing to work in my sketchbooks and trying different media that I'll figure this out. So, thank you for encouraging me with this.

On a different note, I found out yesterday that my Caran D'ache Swisscolor colored pencils are watercolor pencils. This means that while I can use in my Strathmore 400 Series 8*10" Drawing Pad dry, I have no sketchbook where I can use them wet, so after I finish my Pentalic sketchbook I'll get a sketchbook where I can use watercolor pencils wet.

12-03-2015, 10:38 PM
Nice sycamore leaf! Also I noticed your yellow roses were starting to show a tonal approach with stronger color in shadowed areas, making it more 3D. You can go darker than bright yellow and stay basically monochrome usng a gold or yellow ochre in the deeper shadows, when doing a rose or another yellow flower. You'd be surprised how dark the shadows get on white or light colored objects when you match the values accurately.

The other leaf you've done is even better than the sycamore. Following the veins as you did breaks up the broad interior into smaller areas to color, which can eliminate long-stroke streaks in colored pencils. I'd suggest you try that one in colored pencils, use a brown for the lines you've done and a yellow or yellow-gold for the shading. it'll stand out well.

The fruit bowl with persimmons is great too. So is the sand wall! You're getting a lot better at drawing, more accurate and more controlled.

Watercolor pencils are fast and easy. If you buy anything more, get a Niji water brush. Or a Sakura one, but I've tried several brands. Those two and Derwent are my favorites. The new Niji one are even easier to fill, just squeeze it under water stream and let the bubbles out and refill - I don't have to take the black flow meter bit out of the handle now.

That and watercolor pencils on a watercolor journal or mixed media book makes it so easy to get bold effects and even smooth color. One thing I like to do is use strong lines in the darks, then pull color out with the water brush to get the lighter areas. It won't dissolve the strong lines completely.

Other techniques you might like for sketching, get a waterproof pen like a Pigma Micron. You can pencil lightly, make corrections and then ink ,or draw directly with pen and color.

I love my Stillman & Birn journals for using water mediums, but Strathmore Mix Media is good, there's a Pentalic Nature journal that's for light washes, many types of journal can take watercolor or washes. How much water you use affects it too.

When using a water brush, some heavy drawing papers put up with it too.

For small books I love Moleskine Pocket Watercolor books. That's good heavy watercolor paper that I can use both sides and little enough to shove it in my pocket. Plus the cover's sturdy, plus it's classy and has that little pocket n the back to stick train ticket or ID or anything you want in it. I use it sometimes when people give me business cards, I don't lose them if I stick it in the back of my current Moleskine.

What I love about watercolor pencils is speed. I can get a line sketch down and pull color in from the line with th water brush into shadow areas, leaving highlights dry. You can also do the same thing with water soluble pens. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner's good for that. Sheaffer fountain pens with washable blue ink are glorious for that. I mean the cheap medium or fine point ones, not the heavy chisel calligraphy ones or more expensive fountain pens. Sheaffer is the tutorial level fountain pen, hard to destroy, especially if you stick to water soluble ink cartridges so that clogs can rinse out with water.

For actual drawing skill improvement try drawing very fast with ballpoint pen without penciling first. just sketch on any kind of paper. Backs of printouts or a folder of printer paper can work. The main thing is draw fast, get it down in only two or five minutes without stopping or worrying about whether it's perfect and give yourself more tries at it. I do these gesture drawings now with brush pens because I like them, but there is also something to be said for cheap or free supplies and not worrying about wrecking good stuff.

I'll also add that it's fine to keep trying all kinds of supplies and let new pens or color mediums or tone mediums excite you. Sticks like Conte crayons or hard pastels are good for sketching loose and large. Oil pastels are fun. That sort of thing is great for sketching large. I've also come to really like my Tombow Dual Tip pens for sketching. A black and a gray one are good for preliminary sketching, or a light and a dark gray and a black.

Try to get the outer contour of objects and then outline the shadow, then wash over to fill the shadow area. That can always look so cool. Or fill it in dark for a stark light and dark look. It's also a fun exercise to try drawing something three dimensional just by drawing its shadows as dark shapes. if the light is from the side you can even do a recognizable face that way.

12-04-2015, 03:36 PM
Rober, thank you for your detailed reply. You've given direction and given me lots to think about.

Yesterday, my mom and I picked up lots of leaves (though she was picking hers for a present for one of her coworkers) and since I have 4 sheets left in my Strathmore drawing pad, I'll save one of them for a monochrome drawing like you suggested. I'm curious to see how it'll turn out. I'm definitely thinking of getting a Niji waterbrush for when I start using watercolor pencils wet and also either a Pigma Micro or one of the non-brush Pitt Artist pens since I can see how I'll start combing pen-and-ink and watercolor pencils in my sketchbooks later on.

Your suggession of using ballpoint pen and doing quick gesture sketches resonates with him when I think about my dad's advice regarding my sketching. This suggestion has given me something to think about and definitely gave me a few ideas of what to do in my next sketches.

12-04-2015, 03:38 PM
I joined a Drawing and Painting group here in Monterey and this Sunday we're doing a sketching event in Pebble Beach that I'm going to, so weekend sketches might be with different media than these sketches have been.

Joan T
12-05-2015, 05:40 PM
You have nice strong lines in your b&w sketches. Nice!

12-05-2015, 09:31 PM
Joan, thank you.

12-05-2015, 10:20 PM
I have enjoyed looking through your thread Sandra.

Keep up the good work girl :)

12-09-2015, 07:01 PM
Thank you JJ.

This past weekend was quite prolific for me in terms of sketching and I've gotten more sketches done in one day than I typically would in an entire week. It'll take me a few posts to upload them all, but I'll try to upload as many as I can.

This first sketch was a sketch of a sunset last Thursday
and this sketch is a leaf I found on the ground sometime last week.
I will upload the sketches from the weekend next.

C&C are more than welcome and appreciated.

12-09-2015, 07:09 PM
Here are the first three sketches of the Sketching Horses meetup this weekend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img032.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img033.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img034.jpg in this page of sketches, the top right right now is a sketch of a kitty whose head was blocked from my view by a fence rail.

C&C are more than welcome and appreciated.

12-09-2015, 07:17 PM
With one my next sketches, it is not uploading correctly (it is uploading sideways, but it is right side up on my computer, so I am not going to post that sketch).

As with my previous two posts these sketches are in my Strathmore 400 Series 8*10" Drawing Pad with Classicolor colored pencils. More sketches from the meetup are below:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img036.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img037.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img038.jpg

C&C are more than welcome and appreciated.

12-09-2015, 07:28 PM
With one page left in my drawing pad, which I wanted to leave for experimentation, I then switched to my Pentalic Sketchbook and using ballpoint pen in it.

Sketches with my ballpoint with black ink in my Pentalic Sketchbook:


C&C are welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

12-09-2015, 07:37 PM
These next two sketches are the remaining two sketches from the Sketching Horses meetup this past weekend.


This was my first time sketching horses from life and I loved it but found it challenging at times, both with getting the proportions right and with keeping myself from getting bored, hence the various sketches of cats, dogs, fences, and trees.

On Monday I went to my volunteer interview and while sitting in the waiting area for my TB test I decided to sketch one of the poinsettia petals. The sketch of it is here http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2015/226500-img045.jpg and I had to finish sketching it from memory. Below it is a sketch of another leaf.

C&C are more than welcome and appreciated.

12-10-2015, 03:39 PM
Good job on these.

12-10-2015, 04:44 PM
Thank you Debby.

12-10-2015, 06:33 PM
Oooh sketching horses from life must be tough! Good for you working on these! :)

Joan T
12-10-2015, 11:00 PM
Nice pages!

12-11-2015, 07:44 PM
Joan and eyepaint, thank you both.

12-12-2015, 06:24 AM
You have been very busy! Go you!! :)

01-02-2016, 08:36 PM
JJ, thank you for your comments.

Thank you to everyone who has commented on my sketches this year and provided encouragements, suggestions, and directions. I liked doing this and I would like to continue sketching in 2016, so I'll probably start my thread for 2016 sketches in the next couple of days.

01-30-2016, 02:31 AM
I know it is late, but I felt like I should post my last sketches from 2015 before posting the thread for my sketches for 2016. So, here they are.

The first group of sketches are sketches I did using ballpoint pen in my Pentalic 5.5x8.5 sketchbook of things around our apartment and my mom's elbow.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2016/226500-img049.jpg (not sure why this is uploading sideways)

C&C are welcome.

01-30-2016, 04:47 PM
Good practice. :)

01-30-2016, 08:20 PM
Debby, thank you.