View Full Version : 2016 sketching. Vivien

01-22-2016, 11:06 AM

Sketching with friends at the museum this morning. Mechanical pencil in S&B Epsilon a5 sketchbook.

01-22-2016, 03:22 PM
Rawr! Great sketch.

01-22-2016, 08:55 PM
Love the scribbles for the spine :)

Joan T
01-22-2016, 11:05 PM
Great pencil sketch!

01-25-2016, 12:47 AM
Vivien, great pencil sketch. I really feel you got the likeness across well.

I know in the past there've been opacity issues with S&B Epsillon sketchbooks (Roz's review comes to mind and I've read a review on dickblick.com about this as well). Do you notice any opacity issues with the S&B Epsillon sketchbook now with the different media you have used in it?

01-25-2016, 02:33 AM
Hi Sandra. No no problems. With the epsilon and zeta I use mainly ink and pencil because of the smooth paper. I prefer the zeta but that's just because I like heavy weight paper. For watercolour I prefer beta and delta or alpha and gamma.

Thanks for the nice comments everyone :)

Deborah Susan Hill
01-25-2016, 07:09 PM
Excellent Dinosaur skull Vivian. I'll bet they honked like geese and cranes. When I see a flock of blue herons or sandhill cranes fly over my pasture and hayfields I always think of how Pterodactyls must have flown the same skies millions of years ago.. and how birds, their descendants are very much the same in smaller packages. The dinosaurs didn't go extinct, they just downsized and donned feathered suits..

01-25-2016, 11:10 PM
I'm looking forward to following your art journal. I admire the fluidity of your sketches!

01-26-2016, 04:52 AM
Thanks Blooming

Yes they think lots of dinosaurs were feathered even before they evolved flight now don't they? Have you seen the recent incredibly massive one found recently in South America, way bigger than any previously found.

Playing with watercolour and Inktense


Also in the epsilon

It may find itself as part of a collage soon :)

01-26-2016, 06:38 PM
Hi Vivien,

Nice to see you are still here and posting. I have been away from the site for a couple years, and did little art during that time as well. But I'm back and hope to be very active on the site again.


01-28-2016, 07:10 AM
I've just had a look at your recent birds John, lovely :). Nice to see you back

Joan T
01-28-2016, 10:05 PM
Nice experiment!

01-30-2016, 08:23 PM
Vivien, good sketches. It'll be interesting to see the page where you played with watercolor and inktense turn into a collage.

Thank you for getting back to me about the opacity of Epsillon paper. That's good to know that you don't experience issues with its opacity.

01-31-2016, 11:01 AM
You are welcome :)

Playing on the iPad. I went to a still life studio day yesterday and someone had this mask. I photographed it and then played about with the image It could be another element in an ongoing project :)


Katie Marie
01-31-2016, 12:50 PM
The dinosaur sketch is awesome.

01-31-2016, 02:28 PM
Cool mask.

01-31-2016, 08:16 PM
Cool mask experiment, one of your mixed up things that work so well. But you GOT me with that pencil dinosaur. So lively a pose! I love them, you must know that. I'd probably have tried to draw every detail and maybe gotten it - but you captured the gesture, gave a sense of the living animal's speed and ferocity. That was wonderful. That was something that could lead to a reconstruction.

Happy sigh, wish I could draw them that well. Getting there.

02-01-2016, 04:10 AM
Thanks Robert. He was looming above me while I sketched. This was the third attempt! I tried using the iPad but it wasn't feeling right, then I started one with charcoal pencil and it couldn't so the soft changes of tone, so ended up with the pencil. Then we all had coffee and passed sketch books around. May go again this coming month as people enjoyed it. The museum has a great display.

02-05-2016, 12:39 PM

Playing with the iPad ... Done with a programme called Harmony by mr doob (http://mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/), then put through the Etchings app.

That Harmony programme makes such lovely marks.

02-05-2016, 03:39 PM
Thanks for sharing your explorations into digital art.

Joan T
02-05-2016, 08:18 PM
I like what you did with the mask. The etching program looks like it is fun!

02-06-2016, 04:48 PM
Thanks Joan :)

I was at the gallery today for our exhibition. I was asked to take sketchbooks and my iPad to talk about to visitors. Too busy talking to much work but I did manage to add to that iPad sketch


Apologies to Alan who was doing an ink demo as the flier here is cut off.

A day of lovely conversations :)

02-07-2016, 02:40 PM
I really the mask image. Digital art is something I never thought I would try, but I dabbled in a couple of the programs and it's something I think I'll go back and try some more. It is convenient at times to just have a stylus and a tablet and go for it.

02-07-2016, 03:32 PM
Sounds like a fun day.

02-07-2016, 11:58 PM
Cool mixed media and iPad sketches, Vivien.

02-09-2016, 10:42 AM
It was fun :).

Back to real sketchbook. An A3 moleskine and another play with the rags to riches theme. This is just a part of it.


Collage, cp, ink, oil paint, copper scraper board etc

02-12-2016, 04:40 AM
The one above is progressing but last night was something very different.

A member at one of the groups I belong to is a member of a Tudor re-enactment society and expert on herbs and Tudor clothing. So she came as her alter ego, Lettys, to talk to us about these and for us to draw her. She was moving her head and arms as she talked - so not the easiest and figures are out of my comfort zone anyway! but this is what I did and I wrote some of the things she said so I'd remember them. I love real life history like this :) Her character is a herbalist in early Tudor times.



fine pen

02-12-2016, 03:41 PM
What I wonderful experience! Great pages with the sketches and notes.

Joan T
02-13-2016, 06:21 PM
Love the sketches of the woman in costume! Sketching someone while they are doing a presentation is hard when they keep moving.

02-14-2016, 05:52 AM
Thanks :) it was so interesting.

Yesterday I was life drawing - very very quick poses but I've put those in a separate thread.

And today I did a bit more to the latest abstract one, it slowly grows




in A3 moleskine sketchbook

Joan T
02-14-2016, 09:05 AM
Love seeing the steps for this!

Deborah Susan Hill
02-16-2016, 05:53 PM
Vivien, I have a question regarding your digital artwork. Do you have a stylus that you use for more precise delineation or are you roughing it all in with your finger? I have tried some digital drawing on my IPAD using the free PicsArt program and have found it difficult to get the lines to stop or start at the exact place I want them to.

If you use a stylus or several different ones could you comment on which you have and how well or not it works for you? I doubt that I will ever replace my paper and brushes and pens and other art media and go strictly digital. Thanks in advance for any pointers that would improve the digital art experience for me. As always, Deb Hill

02-17-2016, 03:40 AM
Hi Deb. I've got a Dagi pen stylus - one of those with what looks like a biro point and a flat clear disc that protects the screen. The fine point means you can see exactly where you are drawing.

Like you digital could never replace my paints etc but it does have its own place in my work. Ive used it for a long time now on a pc. Whatever medium I choose is because of the marks I can make with it. I use layers a lot with painting, drawing and digital work. So I use the Sketch club pro app, recommended by Doug. I have other apps but that is my favourite.

Deborah Susan Hill
02-17-2016, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the info.! I just looked around and found that I could make a stylus out of a bic pen tube, a foot of copper wire and a 4 inch long piece of kitchen sponge. I went to work and made one in around ten minutes this morning. It works well enough for my purposes. Some day I may spring for one that is from a retailer, but for the moment this works just fine. Here's what it looks like. I disassembeled a non functional bic pen and took out the ink cartridge. then I cut a thin sliver of sponge around 4 inches long and a piece of copper wire around a foot long and threaded them through the pen at this point I put all the pieces back together and wrapped the excess wire around the exterior of the barrel of the pen to make the contact for my hand. my fingers/hand needs to be in contact with that metal for the stylus to work. The sponge needs to be damp as well. If it runs dry, you simply put it in a glass of water or run it under a faucet to replenish the sponge so it is conductive and there you have it, a stylus for under a dollar, or half a Euro... whatever the rate of exchange is..

Deborah Susan Hill
02-17-2016, 12:40 PM
Here's a quick scribble that I did with PicsArt to test it out and make sure it worked.