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Charlie's Mum
01-04-2019, 11:59 AM
Welcome to our forum challenge for January 2019 :eek: -in which we continue our encouragement to Draw from Life!

Let's capture our own personal and individual moments and share them here on this thread!

All suggestions/subjects/themes come from those who participate!:lol:

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As you post your own drawing in this thread, please then also suggest ONE subject/topic for next month. One entry = One suggestion for the following month .... another entry? - another suggestion!:)

By the end of the month we should have a range of ideas from which you can choose and please do feel free to discuss any of the suggestions raised: who knows, you may even start keeping your own private list for future ideas!**

One important rule -Entries must be at least 75% pen and ink in any colour - and wash or colour may be added.

Your topics for this month are .....

The cutlery drawer

Statuary

Your pet

a hat

a treasure

what you got for Christmas

a dessert

your neighbours' house

camera?




Have fun!

Payne's Grey
01-04-2019, 04:03 PM
Kodak K1-A Junior. Was hoping "camera" would be included in the list. :)
Fine and Micro Uni-ball pens and ink wash on bristol.
Sorry for the poor photo quality - approx. 11x11 inches, just a bit too large for the scanner.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2019/2120925-Kodak_Junior_K1-A.jpg

Scene Chaser
01-04-2019, 05:59 PM
I'm new to this challenge. Should the drawings be finished drawings or just sketches of life?
Bill

laika
01-04-2019, 06:57 PM
Nice work on the old folding camera, Payne's Grey! I like your style of drawing.

Overall, it strikes me as a little flat contrast-wise, though I'm not sure where more range would come from.

Payne's Grey
01-04-2019, 10:14 PM
Thanks, Lamar.

The photograph is embarrassingly poor and does not show the contrast well. The sketch is on bright white Bristol, and I wish I had done it on a size I could have scanned to show it better. I'll remember this in the future.

I've just started this quick sketch, 'urban sketching' style of drawing and really enjoy it much more than ruler-straight architectural drawing. Some of my friends get a kick out of the out of round, cockeyed lines, and I get a chuckle now and then myself at my 'mistakes,' and enjoy the sketches much more than the way I used to draw.

Also, I forgot to add a suggestion for February's challenge. If Charlie's Mum reads this, I'd like to submit, 'A sketch from the kitchen.'

Scene Chaser
01-04-2019, 11:12 PM
I like your camera drawing, Grey.
Bill

pedlars pen
01-05-2019, 03:57 AM
I'm new to this challenge. Should the drawings be finished drawings or just sketches of life?
Bill

The choice is entirely ours Bill, take 1 minute or 1 week :).
Mike

pedlars pen
01-05-2019, 04:31 AM
I've just started this quick sketch, 'urban sketching' style of drawing and really enjoy it much more than ruler-straight architectural drawing. Some of my friends get a kick out of the out of round, cockeyed lines, and I get a chuckle now and then myself at my 'mistakes,' and enjoy the sketches much more than the way I used to draw.

YES! I get that 100%. In many important ways (especially in these days of everybody carrying a camera) perhaps accuracy should NOT be the overriding concern when we are drawing.
Surly a drawing having a human feel & drawing with personal interpretation & expression is more rewarding to both look at & to draw for the artist .
Looser drawings inherently have more life & verve about them.
That's my artistic direction too.
Cheers Mike

Blah
01-05-2019, 11:27 AM
Lovely sketch Payne's Grey. Yes, better contrast would have been nice and you can still get it using a photo app or photoshop.

Charlie's Mum
01-05-2019, 11:42 AM
Bill - as long as it's from the list and in pen (mostly), anything goes! glad you'll join us!

Payne's G - Mike said it - we agree!!! Such freshness and idiosyncrasies make the work unique ...... lovely choice of camera and case too - such interesting shapes.

Charlie's Mum
01-05-2019, 11:43 AM
Suggestions for February -

A sketch from the kitchen.

Apologies for the removal of some topics from post #1 .... I had included suggestions I was keeping for February :o :o ....... however, if anyone has already used a February topic, that's OK!:)

Payne's Grey
01-05-2019, 12:50 PM
Thank you for the comments Bill, Charlie's Mum, Blah and Mike!

Yeah Mike, I've finally accepted the fact that nothing of mine will ever hang in one of Guggenheim's museums, so a watercolor bloom, wrong color or a bent, straight line here and there is just no big deal anymore. :)

m50paul
01-05-2019, 05:00 PM
Payne's Grey 2 WOWs for me..... (1) love the sketch and style, very well done. (2) Also, by any chance does that camera still work? Can you even buy that type of film anymore? If they do I would be afraid to ask how much the film is....

Oh by the way if I was to sketch my camera it would look just like my cell phone... :)

Payne's Grey
01-05-2019, 06:28 PM
m50paul: Thanks for the nice comment.

Yes! The camera still works although the viewfinder lens is a bit foggy. The bellows are quite worn, but are still lightproof. It uses 620 roll film which you can purchase for around $10 a roll. Better yet, you can buy 120 film for about half that price and re-roll it onto the 620 rollers. The film width and length is identical.

I haven't used it in at least 15 years, so I wouldn't promise a good picture! ;-)

Payne's Grey
01-06-2019, 12:36 PM
Had a few minutes today, so I decided to do another topic from the list.
Here's a top hat. Uni-ball Micro with just a touch of watercolor on Fabriano Artistico hot press, 5 x 4-3/4 inches.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2019/2120925-Top_Hat_1-6-19_4x4.jpg

Scene Chaser
01-06-2019, 01:41 PM
My hat's off to you, Grey. Lovely drawing!
Bill

laika
01-06-2019, 06:31 PM
Wow, John, you're off to the races with this month's challenge :-) It's a one man show thus far!

Nice work on the top hat! That dash of red on the feather is a nice little punctuation of color. Well done!

Payne's Grey
01-06-2019, 06:47 PM
Bill, thank you. I always wanted one of those!

Thank you, Lamar. I've been away from the pen & ink for ages and it's fun to put it to paper again.

I'm waiting for you guys now :-)

Charlie's Mum
01-07-2019, 11:47 AM
A very smart titfer John! .... and that touch of red is perfect!

Payne's Grey
01-07-2019, 07:44 PM
Thanks, Maureen!
Had to look up "titfer" in the old Oxford's. ;-)

Charlie's Mum
01-08-2019, 10:48 AM
:lol::lol::lol::lol:

m50paul
01-08-2019, 05:42 PM
John nice job on the hat...

Payne's Grey
01-09-2019, 07:25 AM
Thanks, Paul.

CokeR
01-10-2019, 05:28 AM
What I got for Christmas

https://3mxwfc45nzaf2hj9w92hd04y-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/inside-page-style-blank-3.jpg


nothing.:wave:

Potterspink
01-10-2019, 09:31 AM
]Oh I found this challenge so hard, why did I pick the camera! First of all with it being black I really struggled with the tonal changes and as I am a novice at this and my hatching is quite poor I thought stippling would be easier to control I was afraid to take it further in case I lost it completely. I didn't know if you should use the same stroke for the cast shadows or not so I did them very lightly as I was afraid of confusing matters.
Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated, I used 0.8, 0.3 and 0.1 pens.

Scene Chaser
01-10-2019, 11:13 AM
Potter, I think this looks great. Don't be afraid to take it further. What have you got to lose? Just a chance to learn and improve. The perspective is just fine, too.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Bill

Scene Chaser
01-10-2019, 11:16 AM
CokeR, you must have been naughty.
Bill

Potterspink
01-10-2019, 02:09 PM
Thanks Bill, I'll probably go back to it now that I've posted and see how far I can push it I do like the fluidity of your washes on your camera Paynes Gray it has a lovely freshness to it.
I forgot to make a suggestion for next month, how about winter trees?

Scene Chaser
01-10-2019, 03:59 PM
Yes, Potter, some darker darks would really click it up a notch.
Bill

Payne's Grey
01-10-2019, 06:15 PM
What am I seeing there, Potterspink, maybe a Nikon D3400? Good camera!
I'm guessing you had the same problem I did with photographing the sketch and losing the darks and contrast.
I was going to originally do an old Nikon F3, but then remembered my vintage Kodak. And, thanks for the nice comment.

Potterspink
01-11-2019, 08:19 AM
It is a Panasonic Lumix Paynes Gray borrowed for the exercise, my own is far less impressive point and click type.

Charlie's Mum
01-11-2019, 01:09 PM
Suggestions for February -

A sketch from the kitchen

winter trees.

Charlie's Mum
01-11-2019, 01:12 PM
Coke - you didn't even get ashes in your stocking? :( :lol:

Potters - what a really good start this is - and yes, you could add more dots in the darker areas ...... by the size of the dots this looks quite a small drawing?

A tip - if you do something you really don't want to spoil by experimenting on it, scan a version and draw on that to see if ideas work.:)

Potterspink
01-11-2019, 02:56 PM
Thanks Maureen, yes it is quite small about 5" x 3" which I suppose was part of the problem. I'll definitely scan it and see what I do.
Potters

laika
01-14-2019, 10:50 PM
Oh I found this challenge so hard, why did I pick the camera! First of all with it being black I really struggled with the tonality changes and as I am a novice at this and my hatching is quite poor I thought stippling would be easier to control...

D'oh! I'm running into the same problem, and I'm the one who suggested a camera. The camera that I had in mind is so... well, BLACK! I may follow your idea and try to stipple my way out of this predicament...

Charlie's Mum
01-16-2019, 06:57 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol: ..... should I say 'Serves you right?'....... but I'm sure you will cope admirably!:)

Potterspink
01-16-2019, 09:28 AM
Looking forward to seeing it Lamar
Potters

m50paul
01-20-2019, 04:41 AM
I posted this in Artwork from life but had actually got the subject from your list Draw your neighbors house so I am posting it here.... I messed up with an attempt to use an ink wash and will most likely re do this to clean it up..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2019/208378-dogs.jpg

artastic
01-20-2019, 06:02 PM
that is a great drawing Paul

well I finally got to draw something, so my camera with my christmas present (telephoto lense)

in my daily sketchbook

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2019/104250-jan..jpg

artastic
01-20-2019, 09:08 PM
Paynesgey, lovely camera drawing and dotty hat
Potter, that is a lot of work on a difficult subject

And my suggestions for Feb:
snowman
family pet

Payne's Grey
01-21-2019, 08:22 AM
Paul - Looking good. I've found a lot of useful Youtube videos about ink washes to help me.
Artastic - Good looking Christmas present. I'm jealous!

Potterspink
01-21-2019, 12:06 PM
Nice one Paul, quiet a lot of perspective to deal with too.
I like the line work and washes on your camera Bonnie, I think they are very effective, good present too. Off to YouTube to look for some ink wash videos😊
Potters

Charlie's Mum
01-21-2019, 12:19 PM
A complex drawing Paul - well done!
I'm sure you know where you went 'wrong' with the wash but a good big pool of the wash and a large brush help! :lol:

Bonnie - nice present! Very nice drawing too.

Charlie's Mum
01-21-2019, 12:21 PM
Suggestions for February -

A sketch from the kitchen

winter trees.

snowman

family pet

Something round or shape made up of multiple circles or ellipses

your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice (always assuming you have these in the home!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:

m50paul
01-22-2019, 08:05 AM
Bonnie: Thanks and very nice sketch of camera

Thanks Maureen, Potters, and John

Charlie's Mum
01-22-2019, 10:46 AM
Paul - a suggestion for next month please? :D

m50paul
01-22-2019, 11:38 AM
Maureen, sorry fell asleep..... Something round or shape made up of multiple circles or ellipses :lol: , really

laika
01-23-2019, 07:18 PM
Banner camera, on 5.5x8.5 Canson 98# multi-media sketchbook paper. Osmiroid fountain pen and Higgins FPI ink.

The Banner is a plastic 120 film camera, the sort of camera one might win as a prize at the county fair circa 1960s. It seems identical to that most famous of toy cameras, the cult favorite Diana.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2019/80957-1548287575945-daf0139c-d973-4969-be81-ac403b4d0b8e_20190123184519808.jpg

Critique of any kind or degree will be gratefully received.

For February: your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice

Charlie's Mum
01-24-2019, 07:54 AM
Didn't know this particular camera, but certainly had similar!:lol:

Really good pen work to depict the texture of the case!

laika
01-26-2019, 01:06 AM
Thanks for your comments, Maureen!

I wanted to post a drawing for the challenge this month, and I had fun with this one. I see plenty of problems with it, but it was a very enjoyable exercise. I'll try to start earlier next month so as not to be in a rush :)

Charlie's Mum
01-26-2019, 07:32 AM
Lololol - I'll try to start earlier next month I say to myself every month! :lol:

Potterspink
01-27-2019, 11:13 AM
This is so impressive Lamar, I particularly like the reflection you've managed to get in the viewfinder
Potters

Payne's Grey
01-27-2019, 12:19 PM
Good one, Lamar. Nice textures.

laika
01-27-2019, 05:19 PM
Thank you kindly for the comments,Potters and John! I really enjoyed drawing it and it got my mind going on all the different approaches to textures and tonality using strictly pen and ink. I feel a wave of research and experimentation coming on :)

artastic
01-30-2019, 10:10 AM
last couple of drawings for Jan. we went sketching t the city greenhouse yesterday , the theme is the cinese new year, so did an ink sketch of the pagoda in the gardens
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2019/104250-pagoda.jpg

also a quick and dirty sketch of my cats while watching tv the other night
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2019/104250-pets.jpg

some ideas for Feb

Hearts or somethig with hearts on it
and a drawing using RED ink

Charlie's Mum
01-30-2019, 05:41 PM
Love those cats Bonnie! - two look as if they're about to hatch an evil plan!:lol:

Charlie's Mum
01-30-2019, 05:42 PM
Suggestions for February -

A sketch from the kitchen

winter trees.

snowman

family pet

Something round or shape made up of multiple circles or ellipses

your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice (always assuming you have these in the home!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hearts or somethig with hearts on it
and a drawing using RED ink

laika
01-31-2019, 05:54 PM
Yeah, I agree that a couple of those cats are actively plotting :) I like the catscape, Bonnie!

Payne's Grey
01-31-2019, 06:19 PM
Three cats, Bonnie? Your life is full! :-)

Charlie's Mum
02-01-2019, 11:28 AM
Thanks everyone for participating - I'll close this thread and open February's challenge.:)