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08-01-2017, 06:49 PM
I've decided to get back into sketching and sharing my work. I believe that a sketch should take minimum time or it becomes a painting or a finished drawing. I will try to keep my sketches to 30 minutes or less.
This is a sketch of our now defunct railroad depot. I rushed this as my wife thought I was going to town to just buy bananas.
I work with WN pans, a Lamy safari pen and a water brush. No pencil
pre- drawing. Arches 10"x7" Travel Book.
08-02-2017, 11:36 AM
Bill, your quick colored depot is fantastic! Great shadows too on the front. I think our spouses have learned to be patient. Our old depot was torn down but I did get a photo of it.
08-02-2017, 05:10 PM
This is the oldest church in town. I rushed this one too as this time I was in town to buy potatoes. The important thing is to get the perspective as correct as possible.
08-03-2017, 01:43 AM
Great sketches Bill. It's great to see how these look without any pencil line work.
08-03-2017, 04:42 AM
Thank you Kay and Sandra. Working directly with a pen forces me to look more closely before I put it to paper.
08-03-2017, 10:28 AM
Bill, these are very nice sketches. I look forward to seeing more of your Pen and Ink work.
08-03-2017, 10:50 PM
Thank you, Greg, for your kind words.
08-04-2017, 06:42 AM
fun to have rules - but personally I don't do rules! my sketches are anything from a couple of minutes to an hour - the line between sketches and finished work is a blurred one for me :)
08-04-2017, 08:14 AM
Rules can only be personal, Vivian. I set this time to force myself to look keenly and sketch rapidly. Definitely not finished works but just a personal challenge. My pen and ink drawings take many hours.
08-04-2017, 08:24 AM
Bill, I like your sketching.:)
I understand what you mean about sketching directly with a pen, Bill.
I sometimes find that when I draw directly with a pen I achieve to better results. Maybe because with a pen one has less margin for mistake, ergo the concentration and atention to the subject are higher.
08-05-2017, 12:33 AM
A quick sketch to keep it going. about 5" x 7"
08-05-2017, 07:30 AM
08-05-2017, 12:58 PM
This is from this morning after the post office.
It's a section of the town elevator. I like all the textures and shadows and wonderful shapes, About 5"x7"
08-05-2017, 02:10 PM
Excellent sketches. I am very fond of the head on view in the last post. Nice brickwork suggestion. :thumbsup:
08-06-2017, 10:48 AM
Love this building painting, great texture.
08-06-2017, 10:52 AM
I like this one, Bill.
You now what your drawing lines remind of? Sempe's.
08-06-2017, 11:18 AM
Thank you all for your comments. Maria, I don't deserve such prestigious company, but thanks for the compliment.
08-06-2017, 11:21 AM
Don't underestimate yourself. He could have done your sketches.:)
08-06-2017, 02:25 PM
Front porch bout 5"x7" lamy pen and WN pans.
08-06-2017, 03:13 PM
Well done Bill. I agree with Maria. :clap::clap::clap:
08-07-2017, 04:38 PM
Great sketches, Bill. I love the luminosity you're getting in your sketches. What paper are you using and are you WN pans Artist or Cotman range?
08-07-2017, 05:22 PM
Greg, thank you for being so kind,
Sandra, Thank you for the compliment.
I am using a 6"x10" Arches' sketchbook, which has 140 lb. paper.
My pans are artist quality. Cotman's are okay, though. My friend, Doug (Yorky) uses a Cotman set and paints beautiful scenes with it.
08-08-2017, 08:15 PM
I'm still trying to suggest stone and brick properly.
this is about 5"x7", WN artist pans, Lamy pen
08-09-2017, 08:18 PM
Hydrangea in my backyard. Arches sketchbook, WN pans, watercolor pencils and Lamy pen.
08-10-2017, 02:56 AM
Bill your sketches are really sweet. I very much enjoy your style.
08-10-2017, 02:11 PM
Maria, thank you.
This is another view of the town elevator. A quick sketch while in town getting popcorn for the loved one.
08-10-2017, 02:14 PM
All is there!
08-11-2017, 07:59 PM
Love the hydrangeas, such a simple but gorgeous sketch.
08-11-2017, 11:07 PM
I enjoy your glimpses. It makes me think your town must be an interesting place to walk around and look at the buildings.
08-12-2017, 01:15 PM
Well, I guess I must repeat myself, but I do love the way you suggest brickwork. Really nice additions. :thumbsup:
08-12-2017, 05:01 PM
Thank you Marie, Otherworlder and Munin Raven for you kind words.
This is a 20 minute sketch of our backyard fairie. About 1 1/2"x2 1/2", lamy pen and WN pans.
08-12-2017, 05:17 PM
Bill, I enjoy looking at your sketches! Thanks for sharing.
08-12-2017, 06:40 PM
Thank you so much, Carol. I so appreciate comments.
08-15-2017, 12:12 AM
Really nice sketches. I especially like the hydrangeas and fairy statue as they are so delicately rendered.
08-15-2017, 05:28 PM
I went through your thread from the beginning (seems like the secret to get you painting is to send you shopping for fruits and vegs! :D ). I like your sketches, especially the translucent colours and the way you render brick/stone.
08-16-2017, 05:54 AM
You are welcome, Bill (please, it is Maria, not Marie:))
08-18-2017, 12:15 PM
Your broken lines and minimal colour make the statue look almost fragile. Very nice.
08-21-2017, 04:06 AM
That statue is very nice.
I find it is difficult to draw those.:thumbsup:
08-24-2017, 09:47 AM
Love them all! I love glimpses into buildings/life in another location :)
08-28-2017, 02:10 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments.
This is a sketch I did moments ago after mowing my front lawn. While resting I thought this view from my garage door had an interesting balance. As usual, Lamy pen and WN pans. I'm not presently using the water brush for lack of
08-28-2017, 05:19 PM
08-28-2017, 05:33 PM
You are right, Bill.
Beautiful, balanced composition. It is very relaxing, too.
08-28-2017, 06:34 PM
Wonderful little study :)
08-29-2017, 11:40 AM
Great little study, and a neat way to cool off. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
08-29-2017, 03:44 PM
Raindrop, Maria, Eyepaint and Greg, thank you so much for your kind comments.
This was done today after visiting my bank.
About 5"x7 , Lamy pen, WN pans on Arches sketchbook. Bill
Grain boxcars at the town elevator.
09-12-2017, 05:38 PM
You are getting a lot done in 30 minutes. These are really nice! Love the texture in your buildings.
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