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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:20 AM
Hello again,

Here are my sketches from a trip to Alaska in 2009. I used a watercolour sketchbook and non-waterproof ink so that I could add wash or waterproof ink + watercolour pencils + wash to my sketches.

The following were sketched from life.


1-5 Ketchikan

... more to come ...

eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:21 AM
6-10 Juneau, Skagway, and glacier

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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:22 AM
11-15 Glacier, Seward, Haines

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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:22 AM
16-20 Haines, items on the ship

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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:23 AM
21-25 More items on the ship including a life jacket

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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:24 AM
These were sketched from photos taken at an aquarium in Seward, Alaska. These are in an 8.5x11" book, directly in ink, and sketched from the digital photos displayed on the computer monitor.


26-30 Aquarium


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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:25 AM
31-35 Aquarium


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eyepaint
05-22-2010, 01:26 AM
... and I'll wrap up this collection with the following.

36 -39 Aquarium


Cheers,

ReggieS
05-22-2010, 02:13 AM
These are great, lots of detail especially the village sketches! I love your portholes!

Reggie

robertsloan2
05-22-2010, 02:48 AM
These are magnificent! What a great travel sketchbook. I love the landscapes in monochrome ink, the architectural sketches are fun. The stuff on the ship reminds me of your Scavenger Hunt drawings and made me smile, loved the orchids especially ... and then you got me with the sea life series from aquarium photos on the camera monitor.

Wow. Especially the otter series, so much motion and action in those. The ducks. The starfish and brittle stars and fish... I could recognize everything in that great sea life series and the octopus made a perfect finish.

Well done!

vhere
05-22-2010, 05:52 AM
lovely :)

I especially liked the seals!

DrDebby
05-22-2010, 11:05 AM
This is fabulous EP. I love the expressions you got on the eels. The glacier with the light blue wash is my favorite. That one gave me goosebumps. I could feel the cold air. Wonderful, wonderful sketches.

JTMB
05-22-2010, 11:33 AM
Excellent work, EP! The otters (and birds, of course) are my favorites, though the building sketches are great as well (hard to do from life and get good results, at least for me).

eyepaint
05-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Reggie, Robert, Vivien, Debby, and John - thank you :)


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When I returned home I added some dilute fluid acrylics to some of my sketches.


Note that these are all on 6x12" pages, so a two-page spread is 6x24".


... and four more to come ...

eyepaint
05-22-2010, 11:45 AM
... and here they are ...


Cheers,

DrDebby
05-22-2010, 12:14 PM
Interesting seeing these with color and where you chose to leave the pen and ink alone.

purpalia
05-23-2010, 05:26 AM
Lovely sketches ! :)

I really like how you can capture a place, an emotion, with so little strokes and lines.

BetseyGW
05-23-2010, 08:28 AM
I always look forward to seeing your sketches on the WDEs- now I get to have another place to look for them! They are so deceivingly simple yet so entertaining and descriptive. I just love them.

Aiylah
05-24-2010, 10:13 AM
First thing that struck me was how clean your linework is - seems very confident! Great sketches, and I like the colour additions in the recent posts. :)

eyepaint
06-24-2010, 01:06 PM
Debby, Sandra, Betsey, and Aiylah - thank you


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I sketched these from photos. Fluid acrylics and ink on 6x12" wc paper.


Cheers,

robertsloan2
06-24-2010, 02:00 PM
EP, these are great. I love the sea anemone especially, those are so beautiful. Good duck too.

mhimeswc
06-24-2010, 02:10 PM
Great sketches, EP. I especially liked the ones from the aquarium. What fun it must have been sketching all the different sea life.

ReggieS
06-24-2010, 06:31 PM
these are great!
Love all the sea creatures!

Reggie

Jakesgram
06-24-2010, 08:24 PM
EP - Of course, I just LOVE your sketches from Alaska. Although we did not do all the same ports that you did, I recognize a whole bunch of your sketches. I especially like the ones from the aquarium in Seward. We did not get that far north, but before the cruise, we visited the aquarium in Vancouver and it was actually one of the highlights of the trip. I have LOTS of photos to sketch from.

For whatever reason, I was not able to do any sketching on the trip, although I had my supplies with me. But I came back with 1100+ photos (aren't digital cameras and large memory cards great?) :lol: I'm slowly culling through them and using Photoshop to tweak some of them. Then I use ProShow Gold to build slide shows. It's just like reliving the wonderful trip I had every time I work with the photos. As soon as I get through that, I'm going to start an Alaska-2010 Sketchbook. I really like how you used the fluid acrylics on some of your sketches.

They're all just fantastic. Thanks for sharing them.

Jean

DrDebby
06-24-2010, 08:47 PM
More great sketches. Just great.

Vivien Maloney
06-25-2010, 03:00 PM
Hi Ep - Love your sketches from Alaska. We had a holiday visiting places such as Juneau etc and you've really caught it with your sketches. It took me back to when we were there. We loved Alaska, awesome scenery. I do always like your pen & ink sketches but the addition of color makes them really sing - great job!

Eye
06-26-2010, 06:53 PM
HI EP, great sketches from Alaska. I love the sea animone and the duck. For the things I love the cruise ship windows and the life vest.

eyepaint
06-27-2010, 01:48 PM
Robert, Michelle, Reggie, Jean, Debby, Viv, and Ai - thank you :)


These are fluid acrylics and ink on 6x12" wc paper. From photos I took in an aquarium.


Cheers,

DrDebby
06-27-2010, 01:49 PM
Wonderful sketches. Like the sea star.

virgo68
06-27-2010, 06:17 PM
What a lovely memento - photo's are great but sketches are so much more personal. I like the colour washes, very vibrant and as someone already mentioned - your line work is great. Do you sketch a pencil outline first or directly with the pen?

JTMB
06-27-2010, 08:41 PM
Catching up on various journals I haven't visited for some time - really like your work since my last comment! Echoing what others have said, your confidence and ability in using line is inspiring. The figure drawing classes I've been taking have concentrated almost completely on building up shading for the masses and using tonal edges, not line. Your lines are just direct, to the point and effective. I also like the added color - and being into birds, I particularly like the eider. :)

eyepaint
07-01-2010, 02:24 PM
Debby, Jacky, and John - thank you.

For these colour piece where I've worked from a photo on my computer monitor I have sketched lightly in pencil first. For all the "on location" sketches and the black-n-white sketches on 8.5x11" pages I went straight in with pen.



Two more from photos from Alaska. This was a rescued sea otter named Skittle. He loved swimming with a plastic hard hat toy.

Fluid acrylics and ink, 6x12" wc paper.


Cheers,

Vivien Maloney
07-01-2010, 03:19 PM
Ep - Love your sketches of Skittle.

mhimeswc
07-01-2010, 05:49 PM
Cute sketches of Skittle. I like that second one where he's floating on his back. Makes me smile.

virgo68
07-01-2010, 06:13 PM
Typical sea otter pose! These are great sketches of one of my favourite critters to watch :)

DrDebby
07-01-2010, 08:52 PM
Otters are so cute. Great work capturing the poses.

robertsloan2
07-02-2010, 12:41 AM
Great paintings of the sea otters, in your classic primary colors scheme. These are awesome.

eyepaint
07-06-2010, 12:00 PM
Viv, Michelle, Jackie, Debby, and Robert - thank you.

Here are two that are not so great but I'll include them for completeness. Again fluid acrylics and ink on 6x12" wc paper.


Cheers,

virgo68
07-06-2010, 07:38 PM
not so great, bah..... they are fab! Your colour choices work so well, I think this is a great book of work.

DrDebby
07-06-2010, 11:07 PM
What don't you like about these? The colors work well. And who hasn't seen that awkward wing pose on a seagull? These are great additions to your sketchbook.

eyepaint
07-07-2010, 12:36 PM
Jackie and Debby - thank you. I couldn't find a place to put the yellow acrylic and so these felt rather drab. It might also be an effect from the rusty-red I use

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Two more from Alaska. 6x12" wc paper, fluid acrylics and ink



This moose loved bananas and would eat them peel and all as fast as a person could keep reaching in the bucket and pulling out a banana and handing it to her.


Cheers,

Vivien Maloney
07-08-2010, 03:25 PM
These are so full of life! Love the moose eating bananas!

DrDebby
07-08-2010, 03:27 PM
Wonder how the moose learned to like bananas? Certainly not part of the native diet, I don't imagine. LOL These are great. The moose eating a banana is priceless.

mhimeswc
07-08-2010, 07:51 PM
I like the one of the gull even if you didn't put any yellow into it.

Jakesgram
07-08-2010, 09:28 PM
More great sketches EP! I really love the sea otters. You really captured their graceful clownishness!

The banana-eating moose is quite a winner, too! Nice work.

Jean

robertsloan2
07-08-2010, 09:29 PM
Great moose and Arctic fox. The moose eating a banana is hilarious, more so because you painted it so well and accurately.

eyepaint
07-12-2010, 11:47 AM
Viv, Debby, Michelle, Jean, and Robert - thank you.

This young Kodiak bear ate porridge with honey from a spoon. Fluid acrylics and ink, 6x12"


Cheers,

robertsloan2
07-12-2010, 12:35 PM
Cool bear! Your primary colors really make him pop.

DrDebby
07-12-2010, 02:50 PM
Love the bear. I'm imagining a bear eating porridge with a spoon and thinking of "Goldilocks". Made me smile.

virgo68
07-12-2010, 10:51 PM
very humorous! Is that a fox or wolf over the page.... I love the colours you have used on that one ;)

eyepaint
07-13-2010, 12:18 AM
Robert, Debby, and Jackie - thank you.

Jackie that was a fox. I haven't yet drawn the wolf. His name was Sirius Black. I think his caretaker liked the Harry Potter books :)

Jakesgram
07-13-2010, 11:42 AM
EP - Another great sketch. I love the Goldilocks bear. I wish I could have seen him.

Jean