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02-24-2017, 10:16 PM
I’m setting out to do a daily 10 minute drawing. I’m using a Canson softcover 9X12 book and graphite—HB or B. The subject matter will be life, still life and maybe some landscape elements. My objective is to get faster, stronger and more decisive in my initial layout phase for other work—mostly watercolor at this point. The goal is to produce a “complete” drawing with some light modeling—so, about, 5 minutes of constructing and correcting, 5 minutes of bringing out (some) form and texture.
I’ve done similar exercises on other websites and have found the practice to be highly beneficial. Any and all criticism is welcomed and will be greatly appreciated!
02-25-2017, 02:50 PM
OK. . . there appears to be a 1 hour deadline to edit posts! So, sorry for the redundant upload-- I think I've got the "MAC workaround for the uploader tool figured out. . .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2017/2000124-Crane_Truck.jpeg
02-25-2017, 06:39 PM
OK. . . Day Two and I'm violating my criteria-- forgot my pencil case. . . so did today's 10 minute drawing in ballpoint. . .
Woman With a Phone
02-25-2017, 09:16 PM
DLander, welcome to WetCanvas!
Love your sketches! I also made this pledge years ago to draw or paint daily and it does make a huge difference in how our works turn out...fewer mistakes and more confidence. Bravo!!!
02-26-2017, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the drop by and the kind word!
Knowing that someone might look at these tweaks my ego to do the best with my self-imposed 10 minute thing. . . and helps hold me to my daily commitment.
St. Francis Figurine
02-27-2017, 09:06 PM
02-27-2017, 11:28 PM
Hello! What a great challenge you've set for yourself :) I particularly enjoy the faucet :)
02-28-2017, 08:49 PM
Hey eyepaint-- thanks for weighing in! I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting much shading/modeling/texturing done on these-- I keep going back and restating and structuralizing to make the line work more accurate. . . then, bang! The 10 minutes are up.
But. . . I'll get faster in the 1st Five. . . it'll happen!
. . .and. . . breaking my protocol again-- forgot my Canson SB. Fortunately, this, I guess is an electronic "journal" so how can I pass up drawing a dog in Starbucks just because I don't have my foo-foo real SB?
Woman With a Dog in Starbucks
03-01-2017, 12:12 AM
Great work! I've found most dogs seem to be aware that I'm sketching them and they shift in discomfort that they are being "studied" :)
03-01-2017, 08:39 PM
Yeah. . . he was in a real charming sitting pose. . . until I got my drawing stuff together. Then he spun around into a twisted pile of dog butt with a paw sticking out. Because he was a Black Lab puppy, a really black one, it was hard to figure out just WHAT paw/leg anatomy I was looking at in the dim light under the table!
Storage Compartment With MagLite
03-02-2017, 05:30 PM
Sketching with a time limit is a challenge, but you seem to be handling it well. Nice!!
03-02-2017, 10:19 PM
Hey Joan T!
. . .yeah. . . it's a little frustrating! But, the desire to make some degree of "complete" picture really makes you make choices. Surprised I got as far on the skull below. Though, the other items were easier. . . boxier. . . what have ya!
Skull Scanner Windex
03-04-2017, 01:44 AM
Gah! Long day. . . lots of computer issues-- including using an outdated version of Gimp to process the following on my backup laptop. . .
03-05-2017, 12:55 AM
Towel On a Door Hook
03-05-2017, 12:56 AM
03-05-2017, 07:06 PM
Parking Lot With Cart Return
Looking good, I like how you're taking ordinary everyday objects like faucets and cart returns and making them into art. That's fantastic.
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03-07-2017, 12:45 AM
Thanks vmrs! It's proving to be a challenge to NOT keep going past the 10 minutes. (I'll have to do a mod contact on that edit. . .)
03-08-2017, 12:30 AM
I really wanted to spend the 10 minutes today on an extended drapery study-- focus on the piece of clothing, neglect the figure. But. . . 3 minutes in. . . my victim bailed. Dinked around for another 4 minutes doing a little clean up.
Abandoned Drapery Study
03-08-2017, 09:19 PM
Issaquah Safeway Starbucks Fireplace
03-08-2017, 09:40 PM
I am enjoying your work
03-09-2017, 09:49 PM
You are really getting a lot done in 10 minutes. Nice!
03-10-2017, 01:11 AM
I'm glad you like it! Any feedback helps keep the discipline on track.
Joan T: It's tough. But, it forces me to madly edit mentally to try to make some sort of coherent picture. To that end, I think the skull I did with the Windex and the Scanner actually came out better than when I tried the whole 10 minutes on it. I'm still a little frustrated that I'm, largely, busting out, mostly, line drawing with little "mass drawing" as Harold Speed would refer to more shaded stuff.
But, I think the game will pay dividends in my slower more sustained watercolor paintings.
03-10-2017, 01:20 AM
Well done working on this project. I like the towel sketch.
03-10-2017, 10:41 AM
DLander you are doing great, keep it up and keep them coming.
03-10-2017, 03:07 PM
eyepaint: Yeah! I like the towel, too, because its simplicity allowed me to move forward in rendering some "mass," which I'm hard pressed to get to in most of the drawings under this regime.
Monastic Bat: Thank ye for the encouragement! Spending time trying to improve my watercolors, I realized I wasn't "drawing" as much as I used to. This thread is the antidote to that. Amazing how the 10 minute increments are adding up. . .
Again. . . the victim of my studies shifted about 4 minutes in. .. so, again, did a bit of clean up. . .
Abandoned Drapery: Pant Legs
03-11-2017, 06:11 PM
Cowboy Hat Reader
03-12-2017, 08:55 PM
03-13-2017, 08:53 PM
These last few are really good! I like the cowboy with the hat especially.
03-13-2017, 10:12 PM
Heh! That's one of my "willing victims" at a favorite sketch stalker site. I do believe I spent more time on his hat-- the lost and found curves in a cowboy hat always fascinate me.
The last Caesar statue drawing was kind of derpy looking. I was going to do kitchen utensil still-life, but I got lazy and got attracted to the aerial view of Caesar on the floor-- so, I decided to work, mostly, with the side of the pencil to get a little more mass and mood.
03-14-2017, 12:17 AM
Oooh mass is great :)
03-15-2017, 01:49 AM
That's kind of what I'm shooting for, overall, eventually, with this exercise. Unfortunately, my light wasn't as good, my subject was a bit squirmy, and I started out with an overly dull pencil. . . so I didn't have as good a mass tool for the attempt at a live human below. . .
The Apple Eater
03-15-2017, 04:53 PM
Disappointed with the above one because of not having enough exposed graphite to avoid running into the wood while turning the pencil on its side, I worked over my pencil with a pocket knife. . . um, somewhat better. . .
03-16-2017, 09:24 PM
03-17-2017, 05:36 PM
NOT a 10 minute drawing. . .
Haven't done today's, yet. But, figure I'll occasionally post "developments" of the 10 minute subjects.
Caterpillar 303.5e2 Excavator
03-18-2017, 02:31 AM
Bag and Bucket
03-18-2017, 03:49 PM
liking the cowboy one especially :)
03-19-2017, 02:20 AM
Hey vhere! Thanks for peeking in!
I like that one too, but the hat kept me from getting much done on the other clothing in my 10 minute game.
I took another whack at St. Francis and his animals with one of those woodless pencil shaped graphite things (4B). Tried the mass/tone thing again. But. . . I think I need a broader tool (maybe an actual square graphite stick) to evenly lay out areas of mass like I'm shooting for. . . and some more practice working in tonal passages.
St. Francis 2
03-19-2017, 05:44 AM
Why not try some water soluble graphite sticks and a waterbrush? you can get masses of tone down really quickly and it keeps you drawing freely
03-19-2017, 06:08 PM
Nice new sketches especially of the people.
03-19-2017, 06:10 PM
Hey again vhere!
Thanks JoanT! I got more predigested monkey tricks for drawing people than excavators and such. . .
Based on your suggestion, I checked out some YouTube videos on soluble graphite. It looks VERY intriguing! But. . . for this daily book, I don't think my 60 pound Canson paper would hold up to it. . . but I have been contemplating binder clipping several pages together to see if I can use the Canson book for impromptu watercolor field sketches.
What I've veered into trying to do, here, is somewhere between Reilly "quick-sketch" and a subtractive charcoal technique I saw in a Douglas Graves book. I think I can pull it off in dry media with better shaping of the pencils. . . and maybe experimenting with Blue Tack for more aggressive "subtraction."
Lately, I've been grinding away at teaching myself watercolor portraiture. And, I'm getting a bit insane making "drawings for watercolor"-- essentially spending 20 minutes to an hour mapping out "paint-by-numbers" line drawings that I can paint. Hence, the 10 minute sketch to mix things up!
NOT a 10 minute. More like 30 or 40. Paint-By-Numbers-Vlad-Putin
03-20-2017, 02:46 AM
03-20-2017, 09:48 PM
For the landscape below, I exposed more graphite on a 6B Tombow with a really sharp penknife. It was a little easier to lay in broader areas of tone. . . .still needs a little more shaping. . .
03-22-2017, 02:54 AM
Well. . . trying to get more massy. . . found some cheap pastels (Pro-Art) that I'd been ignoring. . .
Skull 3 Rear 3/4
03-22-2017, 06:28 AM
i really like the line weight on the skull.
u might wanna get some jumbo graphite pencils and sharpen with a knife and sanding paper. they are awsome for shading but also precise for really fine lines.
03-23-2017, 02:51 AM
Hey bgviper! I liked the look of that one, too. Though. . . the accuracy was way off on that one!
Today. . . I'm gonna cheat a little and say the preliminary pencil work for the below watercolor "cafe study" counts as my 10 minute drawing for the day. (Painting was probably another 30 minutes. . .)
Woman (Pencils ONLY as 10 minutes. . .
03-23-2017, 09:01 AM
nice job! At the first quick glance, it reminded me of Angelika Merkel :wink2:
03-23-2017, 10:55 PM
Thanks! I think I have some actual Merkel images in my (growing) collection of internet images I use to practice watercolor heads. . . maybe one with her and Trump. . .maybe do that next in the w/c book.
So. . . I wanted a darker more massy subject to play again with the cheap violet pastel and decided on a Douglas Fir. Started at the top. Only got a 1/4 of the way down in the 10 minutes.
Top 1/4 of a Douglas Fir
03-26-2017, 02:43 AM
Well. . . had my first MISS of the Daily SB, yesterday. Got on an extended phone call with a friend from Chicago. . . just crashed out and went to sleep. ..
But, what I was going to do was a value chart with the cheap chalky pastels. So:
And. . . for continuity.. . I'll stick in a W/C flesh tone chart that I did do yesterday, then I'll do an extra 10 minute drawing tomorrow to make up the miss. . .
03-26-2017, 11:55 AM
Yay watercolour flesh tones. I like the paint-by-numbers Putin :) (I thought he looked familiar)...
03-26-2017, 10:01 PM
I think I've nailed down a decent, workable Caucasian formula (all Daniel Smith): Hansa Yellow Medium and Perylene Red as the base. Desaturation with Phthalo Green Yellow Shade. And, darkening/toning with Burnt Umber.
I'm still wrestling with Vlad's "hooded eyes"-- a key characteristic. . . and. . . maybe I'll get there. . . or, maybe I'll start another one!
The next whack at a subject with the Cheap Chalky Pro-Art Pastels went better than the skull, though, it has a lotta accuracy and value issues. But. . . I kinda surprised myself with what I could do in 10 minutes. But. . . it's really dusty-- I'd have to spray this one for it to survive in the book bag. . .
03-27-2017, 08:43 PM
Good job on these!!! I like your recipe for flesh tones. They look really good.
03-28-2017, 02:52 AM
03-28-2017, 05:43 PM
Reflections: So. . . where am I going with these 10 minute Daily exercises? Well, I still want to get faster and bust out something that looks like somewhat finished art in 10 minutes. Lessons learned?
*It seems that I can lay out either in mass or line. But, each seems to be at the expense of the other. (But, thicker "mass-ier" tools help get more of both).
*My knowledge base helps with speed. E.g., I have more predigested tricks for drawing "the human head" as opposed to "the shower head."
*Forcing myself to shoot for (somewhat) completeness in 10 minutes is great for deciding, on the fly, details to eliminate or subordinate.
*Traditional black chalk might be a VERY powerful and quick medium to take into Life Drawing.
-10 minutes a day won't be enough to get speedier-- I need to do multiple short drills several times a week-- as in the drills done by typing students.
-Alternate short drills: 5 minutes of line, 5minutes of mass might be helpful.
-Thinking quickly in "modified primitives" and creating my own "how to draw the bunny" strategies, on the fly, are things to shoot for--in essence, spend a little time mentally mapping out the subject before placing pencil to paper.
-And. . . spend time during the day to "mentally map" things while away from the sketchbook.
03-30-2017, 01:02 PM
Hmmm. Looks like last night's upload didn't post. . .
Pedal Steel Guitar Player
03-30-2017, 05:03 PM
Thank you for posting this. Your self-assessment was helpful to me in coming up with daily goals for myself.
Inspiring work, I will enjoy revisiting often
03-31-2017, 02:25 AM
I'm glad my ponderings can be of use! I'm going through a phase of, finally, tightening my work up to the point I can practice professionally. I think my (extended) drawing skills are fair to middlin'. But, these (and other) exercises, though not always very pretty, aim at enhancing my production speed. Though far more extensive than represented here, I've been doing a LOT of those color swatch things to build a "vocabulary" of colors so I don't have to think so much when I'm painting.
Fudging a little for today's 10 minute study-- it was going to be a long pencil drawing. But, the subject, an elderly Asian woman reading a book, just up and left unexpectedly. I wasn't timing, but the "mannikin" and table were probably done inside of 10 minutes. I sawed away a bit on that chair to the left to work on some perspective issues. . . then she came back from the bathroom and moved THAT chair before she left! I was done. . .
Abandoned Study, Woman Reading
04-01-2017, 02:34 AM
Hmmm, I don't know about this one. . . was watching TV with a friend.
TV and Stand
04-01-2017, 06:49 PM
It's really cool seeing your ten minutes exercises. It seems like an interesting and effective way to practice.
04-02-2017, 02:37 AM
It's a bit maddening! Trying for some sense of completion in 10 minutes, I really bump up against the edge of where my skills fall apart. Normally, I can freehand straight lines a bit better than the TV stand of yesterday. But, the time thing is messing with me. I was thinking about this drawing on a walk today-- thinking It would have been better to work in a loose gestural rectangle, then lay in some dots for the corners (based on the proportions I'd established), eyeball their squareness, then connect the dots.
Or. . . I could just use a ruler. . .
I did a repeat, today, from memory, trying the above concept. Um, the screen squares up a little better. But. .. the stand's kind of wonkety. From life, I could gauge the perspective shape of the right side better. Here, I was "shooting" at an imaginary Vanishing Point. . . not so good!
TV and Stand II (Memory)
04-02-2017, 01:16 PM
It's a bit maddening! Trying for some sense of completion in 10 minutes, I really bump up against the edge of where my skills fall apart.
Isn't that just so frustrating, hey, but I'm sure you'll work through it and past it when you continue on this path of practice :)
04-03-2017, 02:54 AM
It's a pleasant sense of frustration! This is kind of like a runner mixing up his training regime: intervals, hills, long slow distance, cross training. I'm shooting for getting stronger in initial layout. Guess I'll see how it pans out!
Dental Arch (Skull Model)
04-04-2017, 02:51 AM
04-05-2017, 01:59 AM
NOT 10 minutes. But. . . I'll say the 10 were subsumed in this. Not sure how long. But, I'm going to start using the Daily to do an extended study a couple of the days each week but keep doing 10s the rest of the days now that I've got the daily training ball rolling.
I've tilted the skull and rotated it into a "not yet 3/4" rotation that you often see in photos of people's heads. That's practical for study. And, it forces me to visually measure. . .A LOT! I'm glad I've already done a quick study of the dental arch and jaw. Those parts are really messing with me at this point.
I'm going to keep working the line drawing and shape mapping until this either fails-- "it's not a mistake until you CAN'T erase it"-- or until it's ready for lay in of values.
Tilted Skull II (B graphite)
04-06-2017, 03:03 AM
Back to 10 minutes
Charlton Heston (from Dick Cavett rerun)
04-06-2017, 09:05 PM
You are really doing well with these!
04-07-2017, 03:19 AM
Hey JoanT! Ahh, even if they misfire, I can say "well. . . they're just sketches!";)
I usually try to post these with no real explanations. But, this was so gestural because of all the elements, I'll explain. It's from this screen capture from the Nelly Furtado video "Turn Out the Light" that has these muscular men in hoop skirts dancing in a small room and kicking up clouds of flour(?). I don't know if this is a real cultural "thing" somewhere, or if its just something odd they did for the video. . .
04-08-2017, 02:08 AM
Watching Fargo on DVD with some people. . . one dozed off. Time to draw for 10 minutes!
04-08-2017, 07:09 AM
Your exercises are awesome!
04-08-2017, 07:32 PM
I'm considering the previous Tilted Skull pencil to be a fatal failure. I ended up drawing substantially larger than sight size. This is something I really DON'T like doing, and it was messing with me in developing the details. So. . . I started another one. . .more than 10 minutes, but, again, I'll say the Ten is subsumed in the effort for the day's post.
Not 10. . .Probably about 30
Tilted Skull III
04-11-2017, 02:52 AM
Gurney had an old-school Daffy Duck model sheet posted on his blog. So. . .
04-11-2017, 01:31 PM
Love this one in particular :)
04-12-2017, 12:44 AM
eyepaint: I really like that one, too! The foundation of what ability I have rests heavily on Nicolaides's concept of the gesture. And. . . that one's really gestural. But. . . it's clean enough that I could take it beyond the 10 minutes and work it into a pretty good drawing. And. . . maybe I will!
This next one was going to be an extended study until the three people left or moved substantially. Ironically, they got up and left at the 10 minute mark! The "focus" is a little different because I was shooting for tight accuracy and dealing with the depth issue instead of trying for semi-completion in the 10 minutes that I had.
04-14-2017, 03:07 AM
LAST 10 MINUTE DRAWING BEFORE TRANSITION TO BI-WEEKLY
Ok, I've decided I've met my goal to establish the habit of a daily drawing. I've diagnosed that I need to do quicker construction drawings in shorter periods (and more of them) to meet my ultimate goal of producing stronger layout work inside of 10 minutes.
I'm going to keep up the 10 minute study period. But, I don't want to junk up either my good SB or this thread with the fast loose crap I'm going to do on printer and scrap paper. So. . . despite the "Daily" in the title, I'm going to post TWO extended studies per WEEK, here, and try to take it up to THREE, eventually. These'll be longer--40 minutes to an hour.
But, for now. . .
Dirt Devil Vacuum
04-17-2017, 04:38 PM
As part of the NEW bi to tri weekly, this one went 15 to 20 minutes, max, before the victim woke up. . . .
Sleeping French Student
04-17-2017, 09:30 PM
Good shading/tonal hatching.
How do you know he was a French student?
04-19-2017, 02:26 AM
Thanks, eyepaint. He had a one of those thick books of 501 French Verbs and another textbook looking French book. (But, he could be a teacher or professor.) He's one of my usual victims. . . always naps out for a bit.
Note to Self: Gah! Figure out a better lighting scheme for these pictures!
Unfortunately, before joining W/C, I bought a pad of Canson XL 140# Coldpress--a paper universally hated by those in the know, it seems!
Oh, well. . . I made a couple of wheels with my current palette--one with my saturated colors, one with unsaturated. All Daniel Smith. . . all, more or less, mixed to a milky consistency and applied to the wretched surface with a synthetic Princeton Elite 4850R #4 Round.
[I'm used to my Strathmore 140# Cold Press hardbound sketchbooks which are FANTASTIC!] The XL stuff? It has a weird grain to it. . . appears to have a different back surface--which may not be meant to be painted upon. . . the painted dots dimpled a bit. (Strathmore wouldn't do that.) I'm bulldog clipping the top sheet and treating the pad like a "block." Eh, we'll see. . .
04-19-2017, 10:44 AM
Woo hoo! Colour charts look at you go :)
French verb books, yup sounds like a good guess.
04-20-2017, 05:49 PM
Good people and gesture sketches.
04-25-2017, 02:05 PM
This is actually from yesterday. My goal was to keep the pencil sketching rough and to try to carve out the details with paint. I spent about 40 minutes total. But, due to a person interrupting me; movement of the figures; and a big fat guy putting himself between me and my subjects, I probably only had about 25 to 30 minutes of actual work. I focused on the central figure. Then. . . they all got up and left.
04-25-2017, 08:36 PM
Yahoo! Great to focus on one character :)
04-27-2017, 02:56 PM
I got a strong drawing on the next one, but the victim and her friend took off before I could start modeling tones in watercolor. I don't like to continue modeling without the actual reference present. But, I might push this one as an exercise. So, I'll post before I wreck it!
04-29-2017, 04:31 PM
I love your sleeping victims, and stunning gestural dancer drawing. I like these longer ones very much.
05-01-2017, 02:58 PM
Yep. . . the journal is evolving towards my goals.
Below is a "paint by numbers" for a Cersei Lannister photo ref. It took 20 to 30 minutes of work/rework to get some semblance of a likeness. (I didn't have room to sight size the neck because I'm recycling a cafe sketch page out of cheapness!)
05-02-2017, 11:09 PM
Well, I've got Cersei looking a little less cartoony than the unfortunate cafe victim she's crammed onto the page with. . . But, this is the stage where I can really start to wreck a painting. I need to clean up some pencil lines, push some form, bring out more texture in the hair. . . fix the ear color. . . etc., etc.
05-03-2017, 01:14 AM
DLander, welcome to the Art Journals corner of Wetcanvas. I this your sketches are really good for being only ten minutes. With time you can only get better. Keep going.
05-03-2017, 01:26 AM
Great progression in sketches, DLander. It's great to know that you thought the Strathmore Hardbound 400 Series Watercolor sketchbooks are fantastic. I've been considering them once I get through my Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook and for when I transition to watercolors/watercolor pencils. So thank you for posting your thoughts on the sketchbook you're using.
05-04-2017, 03:02 PM
Nice sketches of the people. Sometimes it is hard to get a sketch of a person or a small group done before someone moves off. How rude of them! lol It happens to me all the time.
05-17-2017, 07:19 PM
Thanks, I will! And. . .yep! The Strathmore books are fantastic.
Heh! It's funny. . . I DO find myself "blaming" them for being uncooperative, too! Can't shoot 'em and stuff 'em. . . . or, can you?:evil:
This next one is part of the new slow/better images. (I've had several abandonments. . .but still going to shoot for a couple good ones to post per week.) I probably spent 30 to 40 minutes on this, yesterday. Maybe an hour--total--of waiting for her position to "reset" for my visual data. (And, I had a friend using me to cheat on his NYT Crossword. . . so--some dead time, there!)
05-17-2017, 09:37 PM
Super progression of your skills!
05-21-2017, 08:46 AM
Love the great pose you captured in the woman conversing.
05-22-2017, 02:50 AM
Great sketches and I can see how youve come on from when you first began your Sketchbook! Well done!
Have you checked out the "Artwork from Life" Forum? They have a Scavenger Hunt of subjects to draw, a new one posted about every 10 days - a list of about 20 subjects to be drawn from life. Its an excellent drawing curve and if you are like me and always trying to think up things to draw, its well worth it. I thoroughly recommend it. :thumbsup:
05-22-2017, 12:03 PM
Very nice work, keep them coming! :clap::clap::clap:
05-22-2017, 10:40 PM
eyepaint: It's my watercolors where I really need to drill harder!
Joan T:Thanks! Her mouth returned often enough to that position to allow me to attempt an open mouth portrait. . .often they end up looking really weird. . .but, it kinda worked!
Vivien: Yes! On the radar re the Scavenger Hunt. . . Progress can be a bit deceptive! These are starting to be extended 30 to 60 minute studies. (I'm a little skimpy on posting some of them because the victims left before I could get very far! So. . .trying to post the better ones. . )
Greg: After I get my writing thing out of my system in the other forum, it'll be all drawing and painting for my WC time!
I drew this guy mid-day today. About 40 minutes to 60 minutes. But, he kept getting up and going to his other computer at another table. So. . .drained on my time to flesh out the full drapery, hand and figure. . .all in 4B.
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