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E-J
10-05-2003, 02:54 PM
Another week, another weekly sketch thread :)

For the benefit of newbies who don't have a clue what the thread's about, the objective is to pick up your pastels and paint as many times as you like during the week, but within a given time limit, eg. 25-30 minutes, 40-45 minutes, or one hour. Time yourself, and as soon as your time's up, STOP, and share your efforts with us here!

The idea behind the set times is to get the essentials down on paper without fretting about detail. The exercise is probably most valuable if you can sketch from life but you should feel free to use a reference photo if you prefer. Please also feel free to post any other works done during the week which took you an hour or less, even if you didn't do them specifically for this thread.

EVERYONE is welcome to participate, whether you're new to pastels, a seasoned professional or somewhere in-between. No critiques will be given unless you ask for them, so this is a safe place in which to develop your pastel skills, whatever your level.

A link to last week's thread:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=135505

Pastels are the perfect medium for sketching, so please do join in!

Mz_Sketch_Pad
10-05-2003, 11:02 PM
hey guys here's my pastel sketch for today. comments / critiques are always welcome

E-J
10-07-2003, 03:52 AM
hey Mz ... Hard to tell on my monitor just how much colour you've put into your bird: could be that there are pale pinks / mauves in there but they're very faint ... or you may have taken a stylised approach, with the outline being more important than achieving a 'solid' look ...

Works on mid-toned paper photograph better, you know ;)

Well done for heading up the week!

E-J
10-07-2003, 05:59 PM
I saw this harlequin squash in the supermarket this evening and couldn't resist.

This is a 1hr sketch on the textured side of dark green 9" x 12" Tints paper.

Shadows driving me bonkers ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2003/13865-harlequin.JPG

Dark_Shades
10-07-2003, 06:13 PM
Originally posted by E-J
I saw this harlequin squash in the supermarket this evening and couldn't resist.



:confused: ...... whats one of them?

E-J
10-07-2003, 06:16 PM
Originally posted by Dark_Shades
:confused: ...... whats one of them?

Sort of a green pumpkin ... or a round marrow :)

Dark_Shades
10-07-2003, 06:27 PM
aha! .... thanks :) ..... been meaning to ask you lol, next time you are whizzing about in Europe..... bring me back some Liptons Yellow label Tea Bags please lol ..... (check out the Daily Scumble) ;)

melaleuca
10-07-2003, 09:30 PM
Mz - Nice sketch. Would love to see that bird on a darker background - those pinks & mauves would really pop.

E-J - love the squash - those shadows and the texture are great.

Here are a couple of mine -
a landscape on the textured side of some yellowy-tobacco whatever (?) coloured paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2003/4826-tree2_Oct5.JPG

and a back-to-basics study of form/shape - a teapot
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2003/4826-teapot-Oct_5.JPG


Like I mentioned in last week's thread - I've been going berserk. :D

We have the teapot now what's all this about Lipton's Yellow Label Tea bags?? Most intriguing. Must check the Scumble.

Mz_Sketch_Pad
10-08-2003, 01:14 AM
thanks guys for the comments- the paper at home is white, so to me they look bright--- i'll try it on a darker paper

cjkelly
10-08-2003, 03:11 AM
First time posting to the weekly sketches.
This one was done on the holey side (my mistake) of a half A3 sheet Canson in about 35 mins (just for something to do till I had to get my daughter off the school bus :) ). Don't normally do conventional still lifes.
It's definitely not going any further - I've had to throw the guava away as it was over-ripe and now my little art room stinks! :mad: .....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2003/26542-Daisies_&_Guava.jpg

cjkelly
10-08-2003, 03:27 AM
Not having any luck with the uploader (*scratching head*) :confused:
So I will attempt to attach it instead.....

Dark_Shades
10-08-2003, 03:35 AM
Originally posted by melaleuca
Mz - Nice sketch. Would love to see that bird on a darker background - those pinks & mauves would really pop.

E-J - love the squash - those shadows and the texture are great.

Here are a couple of mine -
a landscape on the textured side of some yellowy-tobacco whatever (?) coloured paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2003/4826-tree2_Oct5.JPG

and a back-to-basics study of form/shape - a teapot
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2003/4826-teapot-Oct_5.JPG


Like I mentioned in last week's thread - I've been going berserk. :D

We have the teapot now what's all this about Lipton's Yellow Label Tea bags?? Most intriguing. Must check the Scumble.

this is really nice work Mel ..... nice teapot :) ... really like those trees, great compliment colours....... very nice indeed, reminds me of KarenU's work

I really like the vase you have there CJ..... very solid

E-J
10-08-2003, 03:41 AM
mela, those are delightful sketches! Your teapot has real solidity and shine :clap: Will you leave it like this or are you planning to paint in a cloth or other background?

cj, I believe this is the first time that guavas have ever put in an appearance in the weekly sketches :) Great still life for just 35 mins.

Craig Houghton
10-09-2003, 01:49 AM
Hey everyone. I've been spending all my time playing with oils, but I did manage a couple of quick things.

This is a random no-ref idle soft pastel on a piece of scrap velour. it's about 1 x 6 inches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2003/21273-velour_strip.JPG

And, this is supposed to be a figure on 5x7 black velour, but I'm not sure if it looks human :P

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2003/21273-lightfigure.JPG

Great work everyone! Sorry I've been awol :P

-Craig

Alan Cross
10-09-2003, 03:03 AM
Lots of nice work in here....
Alan :)

E-J
10-09-2003, 02:34 PM
It's that Houghton again, this time managing to produce intriguing and unusual stuff just by 'idling' and with no reference pic!! Who else wants to vote him out of the thread for being too good? ;)

I've only once used soft pastels on velour and didn't much enjoy it ... those furry edges drove me crazy. Can tell your study of clouds really pays off when you paint from your imagination :)

Alan ... join us ... JOOOOOOOIN UUUUUUUUUUUUSSS ...

Alan Cross
10-09-2003, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by E-J
It's that Houghton again, this time managing to produce intriguing and unusual stuff just by 'idling' and with no reference pic!! Who else wants to vote him out of the thread for being too good? ;)

I've only once used soft pastels on velour and didn't much enjoy it ... those furry edges drove me crazy. Can tell your study of clouds really pays off when you paint from your imagination :)

Alan ... join us ... JOOOOOOOIN UUUUUUUUUUUUSSS ...

LOL how could I refuse?? I just have to have more time!!
Alan :)

pampe
10-09-2003, 09:42 PM
Craig, you've outdone yourself this week:clap: :clap:

Why is alancross in here....LOL.....says he never does pastel.....:confused:

EJ...love that squash...great contours

off to Pasadena...have a great weekend, chalky folks!

Mz_Sketch_Pad
10-09-2003, 10:28 PM
here's my close to the end of the week sketch

E-J
10-10-2003, 04:42 AM
Folks, don't believe what Mz says there as it's nowhere NEAR the end of the week and you still have three days (two and a bit for those Down Under) to get your sketches into this week's thread :)

Mz, your style is becoming very distinctive ... I'm still itching to see what you can achieve on a coloured ground. I know, I'm going on and on about it ...

I played with the shadows in my 'squash' pic till I was happy with them:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2003/13865-harlequin_detail.jpg

Well, I've taken a day off work to paint, so I'd better go and crack the pastels open and get started ... will leave the door open here in case Alan wants to come back in ;)

Mz_Sketch_Pad
10-10-2003, 08:57 AM
sorry guys, you've got plenty of time to post more
EJ, i'm going to try this colored paper and btw- you squash looks great!!!

E-J
10-10-2003, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by Mz_Sketch_Pad
sorry guys, you've got plenty of time to post more

LOL between the two of us we might be able to get them all sketching :D Hup! Hup! (What's got INTO me lately?)

Originally posted by Mz_Sketch_Pad
EJ, i'm going to try this colored paper and btw- you squash looks great!!!

Thanks. It's such a strange and pretty object it makes a great table ornament ... I'll have to eat it before it goes off tho!

Alan Cross
10-11-2003, 02:45 PM
Ok here is mine....not sure I like oil pastels.....but its all I have
Alan :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2003/13186-Pastel_apple.jpg

Craig Houghton
10-11-2003, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by E-J
It's that Houghton again, this time managing to produce intriguing and unusual stuff just by 'idling' and with no reference pic!! Who else wants to vote him out of the thread for being too good? ;)


lol. i wish.

thanks everyone and pampe :)

e-j, those peaches are just too fuzzy -- well done. the shadows look great btw - very reflective

alan - i can't stand the ops myself. they certainly look appealing though when you use them. i like the warm and cool approach you used. Very nice

many thanks
-Craig

E-J
10-11-2003, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by Alan Cross
Ok here is mine....not sure I like oil pastels.....but its all I have
Alan :)

Alan :clap:

Nice colours! It looks from the texture as tho you've got one of the cheapy brands of oil pastel: Panda or Mungyo or Reeves, perhaps...? Try a stick or two of a good brand like Caran d'Ache and you will be astounded by the difference in handling. Even with cheap op's there are techniques you can use to help them do what you want them to do ... such as using oil or another medium ... check out the op thread!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=98103

I'm really tickled that you decided to join in :)

Alan Cross
10-11-2003, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by E-J


Alan :clap:

Nice colours! It looks from the texture as tho you've got one of the cheapy brands of oil pastel: Panda or Mungyo or Reeves, perhaps...? Try a stick or two of a good brand like Caran d'Ache and you will be astounded by the difference in handling. Even with cheap op's there are techniques you can use to help them do what you want them to do ... such as using oil or another medium ... check out the op thread!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=98103

I'm really tickled that you decided to join in :)

Thanks E-J I will try some better ones...but I think I might like chalk ones better...thanks for your help....

Alan Cross
10-11-2003, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by Craig Houghton



alan - i can't stand the ops myself. they certainly look appealing though when you use them. i like the warm and cool approach you used. Very nice

many thanks
-Craig

Thanks Craig...for your comments..much appreaciated
Alan :)

melaleuca
10-12-2003, 08:12 PM
Did not get much more time to do sketching but just wanted to check the posts.

Craig... You're too good. Wish I could "idle" as beautifully as you....sigh.

Mz - I like you're style too and am sure you'll enjoy the coloured paper.

E-J, wish I could do shadows like you do.

Everyone's trying out OPs! Must get myself some of those Neocolor II. Certainly look forward to seeing more of Alan's OPs.

Alan Cross
10-12-2003, 08:20 PM
Ok here is my second of the week....about 25 minutes...
Alan :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2003/13186-Pastel_clouds.jpg

crazyartist2000
10-12-2003, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by Alan Cross


Thanks E-J I will try some better ones...but I think I might like chalk ones better...thanks for your help....

I had the oil ones..yuck...that is why I went and got the chalk kind(soft pastels) :D

sundiver
10-12-2003, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by Alan Cross
Ok here is my second of the week....about 25 minutes...
Alan :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2003/13186-Pastel_clouds.jpg

This is great!

Oil pastels take some getting used to, but they can be a lot of fun. You can use turps on 'em, pile 'em on thick and it's like a more immediate oil painting. I started them because I'm allergic to dust. These days I enjoy using them on mattboard or wc paper sealed with pastel ground- it's gritty and just grabe those o.p.s

Happy Thanks giving btw! :) And you too, crazy!

Alan Cross
10-13-2003, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by sundiver


This is great!

Oil pastels take some getting used to, but they can be a lot of fun. You can use turps on 'em, pile 'em on thick and it's like a more immediate oil painting. I started them because I'm allergic to dust. These days I enjoy using them on mattboard or wc paper sealed with pastel ground- it's gritty and just grabe those o.p.s

Happy Thanks giving btw! :) And you too, crazy!

Thanks glad you liked it....and also thanks for those tips...and the best wishes to you also!
Alan :)

Mz_Sketch_Pad
10-13-2003, 01:13 AM
sun.. what a fluid drawing. i like oils too, but i don't like turpintine