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jacquip
06-11-2010, 01:24 PM
I tend to use a number of sketchbooks at the same time for trying out different mediums and subjects so thought I'd post all those together here. It includes pen, pen and watercolour, graphite/pencil, and watercolour. I mainly use an A5 sketchbook for a lot of things, even some pen and wash work even though it does buckle a bit. I bought a cheap watercolour book A5 with smoother paper that the pen works nicely on but is too thin and also buckles and not at all like watercolour paper. It is still fun to play with though. I also rip up nice watercolour paper to around A5 size and put sheets into my sketchbook for when I want the real thing to work on. You can probably understand why I say miscellaneous sketchbooks now.

I will start with some that I have done over the last week or so and then add new stuff and as I go.

Here are a couple of pen and ink sketches done for a challenge and the other using a WDE image.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-june-challenge-sml.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-pen--wc-WDE-sml.jpg

I have been reading Claudia Nice book and trying some pen and wash examples from there. These are on watercolour paper and worked much better.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-penink-eyes-sml.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-penink-glass-sml.jpg

This is one I also did from another one of her books that I am very happy with.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-pen--wc-cat2-sml.jpg

Have got lots more I can share but don't want to bore you too soon :)

DrDebby
06-11-2010, 02:40 PM
Please bore us. :D Those are so neat. Love the look of pen and wash. I've got one of Claudia Nice's books on my wish list at Amazon. The kitty is really cute.

robertsloan2
06-11-2010, 06:17 PM
Jacqui, these are great. I love your glass bottles and marbles. Cool eyes from the Claudia Nice book too. Love the little kitten, she's so cute. Cool banisters and street artist from last week's WDE.

Thanks for starting this thread! I'm glad you're into her pen and wash stuff too, it's such a great style.

mhimeswc
06-11-2010, 07:53 PM
Cool pen and wash sketches. Love the cute kitten!

JTMB
06-11-2010, 08:48 PM
Nicely done, Jacqui! The kitten is really well rendered.

jacquip
06-11-2010, 10:04 PM
Debby thanks, I really love her books. I have one and have borrowed the drawing animals one from the library a few times and have put that on my amazon wish list.

Robert glad you like them. It is a great style. I am very happy with the eyes, I can't believe I did them :) I keep going back and looking at them and smiling to myself.

Thanks Michelle and John, it was such a cute kitten pic I just had to do it.

jacquip
06-12-2010, 09:13 PM
These are a couple of sketches copied from Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland characters. They were a lot of fun to do. Pen in A5 cheap watercolour book, watercolour washes added.

I might play with doing more of these.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jun-2010/185124-pen--wc-alice-sml.jpg

mhimeswc
06-12-2010, 09:28 PM
These are great! I really like that white rabbit.

robertsloan2
06-12-2010, 09:34 PM
Excellent copies of Tenniel's illustrations! I remember them from way back and I think you've got it spot on. Well done!

DrDebby
06-12-2010, 11:33 PM
Nice copy of the illustrations. Well done.

Vivien Maloney
06-13-2010, 12:24 AM
These are great Jacqui. I also had trouble with pages from an ordinary sketchbook buckling when I used watercolour or any medium that needed water added. I also had problems scanning them when attached to my sketchbook and had to photograph them. So I solved the problem by using loose leaf pages and filing them in a ring-binder file. (It looks kind of like a sketchbook but I can use any sort of paper in it e.g. watercolour, pastel etc. It works for me. For a photo of my cover-page, go to "The Changing Seasons Journal" in this Forum. Hope it helps.

jacquip
06-13-2010, 04:35 AM
Thanks Michelle, Robert and Debby. Thanks also Viv, yes I have been following your journal and that is a good idea of having the binder. I get in such a mess with loose pages but right now sketchbooks are cheap and convenient, even though I am swapping between them, and they aren't all the best quality. Got to make do with what I have and can afford for now. I would like to make my own watercolour book one day, when I get the time, enough nice paper and the energy :)

jacquip
06-13-2010, 07:52 AM
Here are another couple of Tenniel sketchs did today. I like the different animal characters from Alice in Wonderland.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2010/185124-alice-sketches-2-pen-sml.jpg
I also had a look at the metal techniques in the Nice book.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2010/185124-pen--wash-metal-2-sml.jpg

mhimeswc
06-13-2010, 08:28 AM
Excellent work on the book characters and the metal spoons.

robertsloan2
06-13-2010, 09:52 AM
Jacqui, more good Tenniel copies. I'm more impressed by your spoons and metal objects though, they have a unique style to your penwork that's delicate and lovely. The effects are powerful, you captured the balance of pen and wash perfectly on these and got the metal effects just right. Well done!

ReggieS
06-13-2010, 10:51 AM
Jaqui,
These are great, not boring , keep 'em coming!

Reggie

jacquip
06-13-2010, 10:55 AM
Thanks again Michelle. Appreciate you coming back and continuing to comment. Thank to you too Robert. I know what you mean, I have begun to see a difference in my art depending on whether it is "copying" a picture or photo and drawing from life, even if copying a technique as with the metal effects here. But I will keep up with doing both as I need the practice all round. Hopefully it will all come together soon.

We cross posted Reggie, thanks for the encouragement :)

robertsloan2
06-13-2010, 01:14 PM
That's one of the wonderful things about Claudia Nice's book, Jacqui. After copying one of hers, it's easier to look at your own spoon or glass marble and see where the highlights and shadows and colors are. Anything metal is really a curved mirror, especially if it's shiny. So what you're wearing will affect the color as you look at it.

Try the glass marbles and then try setting out your own glass marbles. I use a circle guage sometimes to establish the shape before doing the shapes inside the shape, it makes it easier to get a perfect circle.

DrDebby
06-13-2010, 02:26 PM
More lovely illustrations. The "Alice in Wonderland" characters are so delightful. The metal objects are spot on. Great job all around.

jacquip
06-27-2010, 12:21 AM
Trying to allow myself the time to do some more art.

Still working with the Claudia Nice book. I ordered her one on animals and am keenly waiting for it to arrive from Amazon. These are doing metal and rust.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2010/185124-hunt-182-a-sml.jpg

These were done from a couple of different images, the second from last weeks WDE.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2010/185124-pen-and-ink-chipmunk.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2010/185124-pen-and-ink-mammoth-sml.jpg

Some pencil sketches. The eyes are from the Drawing and Sketching challenge and the lock is from an image in the IRL I think (not sure where I got it from). I am pretty happy with eyes, they took just over 1 hr.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2010/185124-eye-sketch-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking at my diverse attempts. As you can see I find it hard to focus just on one technique or subject. I like variety.

DrDebby
06-27-2010, 03:43 PM
Some really great sketches here. Don't worry about different media and subject matter. The more stuff you sketch, the better you get at drawing anything.

jacquip
06-27-2010, 09:16 PM
Debby thanks for the feedback. I agree its better to just sketch anything and everything rather than nothing. It all helps in the long run.

virgo68
06-28-2010, 04:06 AM
Hi Jacqui! Being late on the scene, can I say it all looks great but I like those eyes - very soul-full and deep set. The lock looks interesting too, you are getting so much practise with textures in just a few drawings!

Jakesgram
06-28-2010, 10:37 AM
Hi Jacqui!

You're doing such great work in your multiple sketchbooks! Everything is nicely done and so interesting to look at. I love the Claudia Nice books and you've done a great job with your exercises from them. I especially like the spoon and fork and rusty scissors. There is something mesmerizing about the bowl of the spoon - I can see so many delicate colors all mingled together. Looks very nice.

Also I like the Tenniel copies. And the eyes you did for the D&S challenge - fantastic! As I said before, I like them all!

Nice work - hope to see more.

Jean

Aiylah
07-05-2010, 10:00 AM
Ooh, those Alice in Wonderland characters are great. I love the colours you get with the watercolours - soft and.. "pastelly", for lack of a better word. Works well with that kind of illustration, I find! Also liking the eyes in the first post. Nice sketches all around, and variety is always good!

Vivien Maloney
07-05-2010, 04:27 PM
These latest drawings of yours are great! I'm trying to catch up with journals in this Forum and hadn't seen your latest entries, but look forward to seeing more from you.

robertsloan2
07-05-2010, 05:09 PM
Jacqui, your latest are great. I'm like that too, can't focus on one medium, subject or technique. But I learn something from everything I do and then apply it in other mediums or to other subjects. It's a cool thing to do.

Your mammoth is gorgeous. I did him too and so I'm very familiar with his proportions -- you got him spot on. Great fur texture on the chipmunk. Good rusty scissors too. The tonal drawings of the lock and the eyes are both fantastic, especially the eyes.

Davkin
07-05-2010, 08:24 PM
Nice stuff there Jaqui. I especially like your graphite work.

David

jacquip
07-07-2010, 08:47 AM
Thank you to all of you for taking the time to look and comment on my work. It is very encouraging. I know I haven't posted any for a while but have still been working on them. Here are the latest.

These are again inspired by the Claudia Nice books. I set up some pebbles and the leaves to have a go at the different textures. I did this on HP watercolour paper, it was smoother and easier for the pen but would still like to find something a bit better. Maybe it is too thick... not sure. The pears were done on normal watercolour paper and produce much rougher pen markings. It is from a WDE image.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2010/185124-fruit-and-stones-sml.jpg

These were done on HP paper again, and also from WDE images. I really liked the ink bottle and pen photo, though not as happy with my result. They aren't as rounded as I'd like. Fairly happy with the cat I guess.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2010/185124-hunt_183e.jpg

I picked up a copy of Drawing the head and figure by Jack Hamm which I have seen Robert comment on so am looking to do some work from that too. Mixing things up again... :)

I appreciate any comments and guidance on how things are progressing. I am having fun so that is the most important thing.

DrDebby
07-07-2010, 12:40 PM
I really like your still life with leaves and stones. All of these are well done. You are doing very well with the pen and wash technique. Paper is a very personal choice. So try different ones until you find the one that works for the media and how you use it.

virgo68
07-08-2010, 04:54 AM
These new sketches are great - I do like the pears, lots of character going on! I like your washes, they are very subtle.

mhimeswc
07-08-2010, 08:15 AM
Really good sketches, Jacqui. I like those WDE ones, especially that squirrel.

TaniaBee
07-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Jacqui - Great sketchbook - like all your WDE drawings Your eyes are especially well done. Really enjoyed looking at these.

Joan T
07-08-2010, 10:34 AM
Jacqui - I like the variety in your subjects and your mediums. I tend to go back and forth between sketchbooks, but am trying to organize them by location a bit more. lol Your ink & washes are getting really good!

robertsloan2
07-08-2010, 01:48 PM
Thank you to all of you for taking the time to look and comment on my work. It is very encouraging. I know I haven't posted any for a while but have still been working on them. Here are the latest.

These are again inspired by the Claudia Nice books. I set up some pebbles and the leaves to have a go at the different textures. I did this on HP watercolour paper, it was smoother and easier for the pen but would still like to find something a bit better. Maybe it is too thick... not sure. The pears were done on normal watercolour paper and produce much rougher pen markings. It is from a WDE image.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2010/185124-fruit-and-stones-sml.jpg

These were done on HP paper again, and also from WDE images. I really liked the ink bottle and pen photo, though not as happy with my result. They aren't as rounded as I'd like. Fairly happy with the cat I guess.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2010/185124-hunt_183e.jpg

I picked up a copy of Drawing the head and figure by Jack Hamm which I have seen Robert comment on so am looking to do some work from that too. Mixing things up again... :)

I appreciate any comments and guidance on how things are progressing. I am having fun so that is the most important thing.

Jacqui, these are great. I like the pebbles and leaves, that's very striking. Good accuracy and detail. Cool WDE pears, your pen and watercolor paintings are coming out great. Of course Big Ears is too cool, you gave him such a happy expression. Beautiful cat!

Vivien Maloney
07-08-2010, 02:52 PM
I like these pen & wash drawings. I'm just beginning to get into pen work and it's not easy is it, but your drawings are very good. I particularly like the cat - cute!

jacquip
07-11-2010, 04:09 AM
Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support and comments.

I have finally got around to scanning a few more.

These are done using progresso pencil, studies of noses from and inspired by Jack Hamm book. Also a couple of really really bad faces and some mouths. Need lots more work here.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jul-2010/185124-noses1-sml.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jul-2010/185124-noses2-sml.jpg

I found my old fountain pen and after cleaning and refilling decided to see what it is like for drawing... lovely is the answer. Very smooth. The ink I am using is not waterproof but took advantage of that once I realised by doing some washes. Sketches from this weeks WDE.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jul-2010/185124-sketches-pen-and-ink-a-sml.jpg

Thanks again for continuing to look.

DrDebby
07-11-2010, 10:23 PM
A whole page of noses is great. Your faces and mouths show you are working on proportions. The ink drawings are great. Keep going.

TaniaBee
07-12-2010, 04:22 AM
Jacqui - great great nose sketches!! i like the face on the far right hand side... she has that 1960's look about her that i love so much.

great ink drawings for the WDE.

jacquip
07-12-2010, 05:29 AM
Debby thanks, yes I was trying a different way of approaching proportions of a face, rather unsuccessfully. I am happy with the noses and a couple of the mouths. Now to try and put them together.

Tania thank you. She was a different approach for me, from the book. Glad you like it.

TaniaBee
07-12-2010, 07:25 AM
Jacqui - i came to look at this again and went to your first page where you've drawn that kitten - it is absolutely gorgeous, he is just toooo cute!! love hime.

jacquip
07-20-2010, 11:47 PM
Here is what I have been playing with over the last week or so. The rhino is from a WDE image in pen and wash.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2010/185124-sketches-july21a-sml.jpg

This is playing from imagination. I did the tear in the page then added the hand reaching through and holding onto the edge but felt it was missing something (too much empty space) so added the cat face. Was initially done in graphite, not really sure why I added cp, think it ruined it. I might play with this idea again, was fun.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2010/185124-sketches-july21e-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking.

robertsloan2
07-21-2010, 12:51 AM
Jacqui, these are great. Your version of the rhino is excellent. I think that was an overwhelming popular reference, everyone had to do the rhino. You did great with it. I love the hand and cat face coming out of the tear in the paper. That's very dimensional and cool. I don't think the colored pencil hurts it at all either.

Your ink drawings from the WDE are striking. The bluebird's accurate and cheery, nicely drawn. The orangutan hand with the washed penwork is gorgeous. I'm going to have to get a cheap Sheaffer fountain pen again and try that with washable blue ink sometime.

Great page of noses! They're all done very well, and that shows in the faces on the next page. Only one of them is so far off as to have major problems, that girl at the top with no chin is more extreme than a face that has a weak chin. The face below her and to the left is lovely read either way. The inner line gives her a lovely, delicate face, perfectly proportioned and well drawn.

Taking both lines together, she looks like an extremely fat but sweet girl, very striking and well drawn. You could develop that sketch in either direction. The extra line makes a perfect double chin. The face on the right is cartoonlike with stylized eyes, but a very good mouth in an excellent cartoon style. You went to drawing much more realistic eyes and mouths later on too.

I think you're well on your way to getting the basic human features by way of one of my favorite authors. Jack Hamm's book is so great for that. The eye to the right is quite realistic, the one to the left is pretty good but the one to the right is perfect.

Put it all together and you'll start having really good faces very soon. You're right on the edge of it. So don't beat yourself up on this. It's an awesome leap you're making and I think by the end of that last eye that you've actually made it.

Be sure that's dated, it's the sort of thing that becomes a fond memory in a remarkably short time. Like the next time you teach someone the Hamm material it's great to have that to pull out. When you learn to see eyes rather than draw them symbolically, that's a massive turning point.

And of course, keep drawing cats too! I loved your cats pages just as much!

DrDebby
07-21-2010, 01:20 AM
Cool Rhino. I don't think you've ruined the page mixing graphite with colored pencil. Graphite tends to muddy the colored pencil colors, but can also be used quite dramatically. Kitty peeking through the hole is clever. The hand is very well done.

jacquip
07-21-2010, 01:37 AM
Robert I truly appreciate you taking the time to add your comments and advice. I will keep working at them and having fun. I can see improvement in many different areas so I know it is starting to come together. Thanks for the encouragement.

Debby glad you liked my little surrealist image.

mhimeswc
07-21-2010, 07:38 AM
Those nose studies are great, as well as the pen and wash exercises from the Claudio Nice book and the WDE's. You've been busy! I like that paper tear/hand/cat sketch too.

Vivien Maloney
07-21-2010, 03:17 PM
Great sketches from WDE and the sketch of the hand with the torn paper is very imaginative!

jacquip
07-21-2010, 06:37 PM
Thanks so much Michelle and Viv. I am really enjoying it, might now post frequently but am sketching much more frequently.

virgo68
07-21-2010, 10:56 PM
Good work Jacqui - faces like any other subject get easier with repetition and it is great to practise the individual features to really understand what is going on under the skin! I like your rhino, and the cat and hand appearing through your page are cool. I like the cp, maybe next time you can experiment with blending some areas and leaving some textured for variation or add some highlighted areas to make it "pop" out from the page? Or semi glue two pages together and actually rip the top page..... :) Make sure you post if you have another go - I'd love to see it!

jacquip
07-23-2010, 07:43 AM
Here are another couple of sketches I did over the last couple of days. Both done using Progresso sepia graphite pencil.

The broken egg shells was to try and practice shading and getting roundness.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2010/185124-hunt-185-b-sml.jpg
Here is an attempt at a portrait, still having lots of trouble with the noses.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2010/185124-sketches-july23d-sml.jpg

DrDebby
07-23-2010, 10:06 PM
Good job on the eggshells. You picked a difficult angle to draw the portrait from. The nose is fine. You just drew it a bit too large for the face of someone so young looking. Noses do continue to grow, as do ears, your entire life.

jacquip
07-23-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks Debby. I can see what you mean now about the size. I wasn't sure what it was that was wrong, just that it was wrong. Will try again.

deb789
07-23-2010, 11:31 PM
It looks like you are having a lot of fun with your sketches/ studies, too, Jacqui. I love your animal sketches. I cannot draw a dog and my dog hates me for it.

Keep having fun with the sketches!! :)

robertsloan2
07-23-2010, 11:42 PM
The broken egg sketches are great. Good roundness and tone, it's excellent.

I think your portrait is cool, she has very distinctive features. Her nose is quite large and her chin very small, she's actually weak-chinned -- but all that makes her look individual. The only proportion error that goes outside what I've seen on actual faces is how far apart her eyes are. Eyes are usually one eye width apart. Even an eighth of an inch or eyelid thickness wider or narrower will have a distinct effect on eye likeness -- this is extreme and looks more like some stylized drawings of girls I know from a certain group of artists on Ning.

If you redo her with her eyes set one eye width apart and her chin larger, you'll be surprised at the difference. She looks real though, she just looks like she has extreme features.

jacquip
08-08-2010, 03:12 AM
I have been playing with some liquid graphite. I really enjoy using it and am starting to feeling more confident. These were done in A3 sketchbook. No pre-sketching, used a brush to apply.

Started with some simple gesture sketches and a few facial parts. Then tried some portraits.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2010/185124-aug-8-gestures-sml.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2010/185124-aug-8-port2-sml.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2010/185124-aug-8-port1-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking.

jacquip
08-08-2010, 03:15 AM
I also went back to my sketch of the hole in the wall and worked on that idea some more. I am intrigued by it. This is more of a final sketch and I have transfered the image to watercolour paper to do in watercolour with some pen, maybe. Still deciding on the pen part, will see how it goes.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photo. I really need a bigger scanner or learn how to take better photos. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2010/185124-aug8-holeinwall-sml.jpg

robertsloan2
08-08-2010, 07:09 PM
I like your sketch of the hole in the wall. That's so fascinating, the vine coming through it and the child reaching up to pull at the wall from the other side. Very cool. An illustration begging for a story!

Your portraits look good, especially the second one is very well proportioned. I like your gesture drawings too, they're all so vigorous and lively. Well proportioned limbs and heads on them too. All in all, looking good!

Vivien Maloney
08-09-2010, 10:39 PM
The idea of the hole in the wall is a good one. Yes, it would make a great painting in watercolor and pen. Hope you post it here so we can see the final result.

DrDebby
08-10-2010, 12:20 PM
I give my vote to watercolor and pen on the hole in the wall too.

jacquip
08-11-2010, 01:23 AM
Thanks for the vote of confidence Viv and Deb. I did this last night and this morning. I am really quite pleased with how it turned out. Funny where some ideas come from. Who would have guessed.... :)

Waterford watercolour paper HP 300 gsm, 27 x 37 cm, Uni pin pens 0.3 and 0.5

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2010/185124-aug-hole-in-wall-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking

virgo68
08-11-2010, 05:03 AM
Wonderful! What a sense of fun! I love the colours you've used :)

DrDebby
08-11-2010, 01:22 PM
Wonderful! That turned out great.

robertsloan2
08-11-2010, 03:56 PM
Thanks for the vote of confidence Viv and Deb. I did this last night and this morning. I am really quite pleased with how it turned out. Funny where some ideas come from. Who would have guessed.... :)

Waterford watercolour paper HP 300 gsm, 27 x 37 cm, Uni pin pens 0.3 and 0.5

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2010/185124-aug-hole-in-wall-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking

Jacqui, this came out fantastic! It was fun watching this evolve through earlier versions. The watercolor and pen painting is gorgeous.

jacquip
08-12-2010, 07:04 AM
Thank you Jackie, Debby and Robert. I am glad you like it. It has shown me the value of my sketchbooks now. And realised they have given me permission to play and experiment with ideas.

vhere
08-13-2010, 05:06 AM
it would make a fun mural in a child's room :) (large)

Davkin
08-14-2010, 12:34 AM
Thank you Jackie, Debby and Robert. I am glad you like it. It has shown me the value of my sketchbooks now. And realised they have given me permission to play and experiment with ideas.

Ain't that the truth. I'm afraid without the sketch books to play with I wouldn't do much, I'd have a real hard time overcoming "blank white paper" syndrome without sketchbooks.

You are producing some really wonderful sketches, In fact calling them sketches doesn't seem appropriate. It wouldn't take much at all to convert these into finished pieces.

David

robertsloan2
08-14-2010, 01:30 PM
David, you're right about that. With the last one Jacqui did, all it would take to convert the painted version into a finished piece would be lovingly removing it from the sketchbook, matting and framing it.

That's not a bad thing to do though, put some finished pieces into sketchbooks. For one thing it means that some of my best works remain in my possession. Anything loose, especially if I frame it, runs the risk of getting sold if I'm short on money. If it's in a sketchbook I know I'm going to keep it. I think if I go back to selling art again, that I'll charge double if anyone wants me to remove a page that's in a bound sketchbook because those were intended for my own collection.

GhettoDaveyHavok
08-24-2010, 02:51 AM
Nice usage for colors and using more than one material to post up! Your sketches are awesome! :D

jacquip
08-24-2010, 09:01 AM
Dave and Robert thank you so much for such wonderful words. I admire both of you as artists and think it wonderful you would admire my work in any way.

Hi Crsytal, thank you for your kind words too. I am really enjoying my art lately and this helps me keep going.

jacquip
09-08-2010, 11:24 PM
I'm back...

I have been sketching but have not had the scanner connected so used that as an excuse not to post. I finally decided it was easier to take photos and put them up. There is a mix here done over the last few weeks.

These couple of pages are continuing to play with the liquid pencil. I really love that medium.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-9-9-10-a.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-9-9-10-b.jpg

I tried a few studies in pencil doing shading...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-9-9-10-c.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-9-9-10-d.jpg

I bought myself a new dip pen. It is a "standard" drawing nib. My local art store doesn't have any variety in nibs. But I must say it was beautiful to draw with. I used India ink on these.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-9-9-10-e.jpg


Well that's enough for now. I have also been playing more with watercolour and pen but I might post them another day.

Thanks for looking and your continued support.

virgo68
09-08-2010, 11:30 PM
Jacqui, these are great - your tonal shading studies are very good - it makes a huge difference adding some darks doesn't it?! Your ink drawings are good too - lots of texture :)

Joan T
09-09-2010, 11:01 AM
Jacqui - Great sketches!! I love the page of gesture sketches, and that wc of the hole is wonderful!!! Great job on all the animals and the eggs. Glad to catch up on what I missed.

vhere
09-09-2010, 05:53 PM
lovely sketches and the liquid pencil looks interesting

I've got a free sample tucked away somewhere that I forgot to use - I must find it

robertsloan2
09-09-2010, 09:30 PM
Jacqui, these are gorgeous. You've gotten wonderful results with the liquid pencil - now I think maybe I should've kept it in my Jerry's order. Maybe another time. I love that goose or duck, the waterbird with webbed feet is so real and natural, he's weighty, he looks solid and three dimensional. The foreshortened dog is cute, the little songbird is great.

Good equines too, looks like a miniature horse and a donkey, the big eared one might be a donkey or mule. Then again I could've just put my foot in my mouth too. They all look equine and alive, well done!

Fantastic pencil studies of the cans and egg carton with eggs. Beautiful light on those and great textures. Good form too.

I like the stick with bark texture and the last songbird too, done with the dip pen. Those can get gorgeous results, I just don't use mine often because I have to stop to dip it so often. I really should though, it'd let me use colored inks so easily without switching pens.

DrDebby
09-10-2010, 04:14 AM
Glad you decided to post these. Great sketches.

jacquip
09-12-2010, 04:58 AM
Thanks Debby, Jackie, Joan and Vivienne. Thanks Robert I think you would enjoy the liquid pencil.

I did some sketches for the scavenger hunt using my fountain pen and waterbrush and was having so much fun did a few extra sketches to include here. I really like how it creates the wash.

The first few are what I did for the hunt, I really liked the simple shapes and nice effect of the wash.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2010/185124-hunt-191g-sml.jpg

Then tried this landscape from a photo I took at the local beach at low tide.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-12-9-10-c-sml.jpg

And a pretty poor attempt at a portrait. I think I was being too loose and carefree... :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-12-9-10-b-sml.jpg

Thanks for looking

robertsloan2
09-12-2010, 10:49 AM
Jacqui, these are great, all of them. Your loose carefree portrait is pretty darn good. About the only thing I'd do differently is a slightly looser rendition of her eyes rather than outlining them completely, just put in the eyelash lines since it's a loose sketch, and maybe go a bit lighter on the cheekbone modeling shadows. But she's well proportioned and beautiful!

Gorgeous candy, wrapper and shell. The light wash of the fountain pen ink is perfect - I wish I could get my fountain pen working properly to get that effect. Very cool landscape too. This is a great style for you, keep going!

Try drawing your cat in this style, I'd love to see that. (Yeah, I'm bugging you to draw cats, I just love your cat drawings.)

DrDebby
09-12-2010, 10:19 PM
Neat washes you got with the fountain pen ink. Very well done.

jacquip
09-13-2010, 10:38 PM
Thanks Robert and Debby on the feedback on the fountain pen washes. I am so surprised that a pen I have loved writing with for so many years has a new life. It is wonderful to use and I am amazed and so happy with the results. It does tend to make me sketch more loosely and that is fun. I intend to do more with it.

Yes Robert I know I have been neglecting drawing my cats... poor babies, but I will get back to them. Thanks for the nudge :)

jacquip
09-14-2010, 09:57 PM
It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday now spring is finally here so sat outside with the cats and did some sketching. I am addicted to this fountain pen :)

The dragon is an ornament that a friend actually made from clay many years ago. Most of its claws and some teeth have fallen out and unfortunately his wings has broken off so many times I can't glue them back on again. He is quite large, as big as my cats and looks good in the garden. I then just sketched some things I found in the garden including just some grass coming through the paving.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-14-9-10-d-sml.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-14-9-10-c-sml.jpg

A couple of the cats enjoying the sun...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-14-9-10-b-sml.jpg

These ones I did last night using refs from the pen & ink forum.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2010/185124-sept-penink-chall-a-sml.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2010/185124-sketchbooks-14-9-10a-sml.jpg

Thanks again for looking.

virgo68
09-14-2010, 10:11 PM
Great stuff Jacqui! I like the sketches from the garden, and the cats are great too. It is really interesting to see the colour seperation in the ink on your lily - almost an eerie greenish blue. I enjoy trying out various pens like that - it can be a nice surprise sometimes to find it behaves differently to what you are expecting! A little bit of serendipity ;)

jacquip
09-14-2010, 10:23 PM
You are right there is a lot of colour separation. There is even some browns now and then, very interesting and totally uncontrollable. All part of the fun. It is an old bottle of ink so don't know if that is part of it. I should try a new bottle and see if it does the same thing. And maybe try some different coloured inks, this is meant to be black.

DrDebby
09-14-2010, 11:13 PM
Very cool sketches. I love writing with a fountain pen. Never tried drawing with one...

robertsloan2
09-14-2010, 11:21 PM
Gorgeous sketches, Jacqui! I love the cats in the garden, they look so happy and relaxed, especially the one that's laying down. Cool garden dragon. Beautiful leaves and nuts, that's a great drawing. Like the tiger lily from the pen and ink challenge too, and your version of the lace making school.

JTMB
09-16-2010, 07:41 PM
Hi Jacqui,

I realized I hadn't checked in here for some time, and I certainly should have done so more often. I really like the work you've done in this book - I've always like pen, and pen and wash style drawings, and yours are very nice! Great work!