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10-01-2010, 12:37 PM
Happy Oct 1st!
Here's the front cover of my sketchbook. And here's the first page. Drawn in Sharpie from trip photos.
10-01-2010, 01:33 PM
EP - Great ink sketches! What are you using for your references?
10-01-2010, 02:48 PM
wow, I love how you divide your pages up EP. Your pen sketches are always wonderful. Are you drawing from imagination?
10-01-2010, 03:01 PM
Joan and Rainy - Thanks! I'm drawing from photos I took on a trip a few years ago. I sketch from the photos displayed on my computer monitor. This group was the view from the Denver airport and then views of Charlotte-Ameilie, St. Thomas, USVI (the town, the fort, the rooster, and the geckos).
10-01-2010, 03:08 PM
Great start to your new sketchbook Ep! Love your pen drawings!
10-01-2010, 05:19 PM
Another great sketchbook! I love that you are using your old photos... I always mean to do that but never get around to it. It'll be like going on holiday again for you!
10-01-2010, 05:47 PM
I LOVE the first page EP. So much in your style and so beautifully done (as usual!)
PS. Have you thought of trying different techniques/styles in this months journal as a challenge to yourself?????? I think you could be suprised at how good they would turn out!!!!!!!
10-01-2010, 09:53 PM
Yay EP! Glad to see you doing this challenge too! I was at Denver airport earlier this year - what a great looking airport that is with the big sails (although not so great when we stepped outside and the melting snow dripped all over us :) ) Being aussies we kinda enjoyed that novelty though! Are you planning to do some colour washes in this sketchbook - love your sense of colour!
Great start, EP! It's always great to see your unique and effective personal style. You are the pen and line guru!
10-02-2010, 12:46 AM
Great start to the challenge. Are you going to continue to use vacation photos for this?
10-02-2010, 12:58 AM
Great sketches EP! I love your trip photos - can't wait for more.
10-02-2010, 02:53 AM
EP, that's a beautiful start! Your pen drawings are inspirational. I like the layout too - different from your usual ones but no less attractive. Gorgeous!
love how you have them gridded out...beautiful pen work :)
10-02-2010, 04:14 AM
10-02-2010, 12:49 PM
EP, great start! I always love seeing the pages in your sketchbooks and I always use your style to remind me that I don't always need to have a ton of detail in my drawings. :) It helps me not stress out so much about sketching and drawing, so thank you for that! :wave::o
10-02-2010, 09:56 PM
Love it!! your grid is always nice!
10-03-2010, 03:48 AM
nice start :) and neat too .... though that could have been 6 pages instead 1 which would have put you ahead of the game :D
10-03-2010, 03:53 AM
totally inspiring, your first page is a delight
10-03-2010, 09:35 AM
Ah, still love this style! Glad to see you chose it for this as well! :)
10-03-2010, 01:44 PM
10-03-2010, 08:32 PM
Viv, Cairo, Stacey, Jackie, John, Debby, Jean, Robert, Epoch, Denyalle, Leslie, WC, Linda, WYSIWYG, and Jeanne - thank you.
Here's page 2 (coloured pencil and graphite) and page 3 (fat Sharpie). I ran out of time on the bananas in coloured pencil.
10-03-2010, 09:31 PM
More great sketches. Like what you were doing with the colored pencils.
10-03-2010, 11:14 PM
Very nice. Love the colored pencils!
It's nice to see the variety of the colored pencils in addition to your signature line work!
10-04-2010, 02:12 AM
EP, these pages are gorgeous. I love both of them. The black and white one is so bold and the color page spectacular.
10-04-2010, 02:37 AM
I like how you used different mediums, great job on those sketches...
10-04-2010, 01:21 PM
ooooooh I like the color you added!
10-04-2010, 02:20 PM
I love the wispy palm tree and the sketches of the people. I have so many old photos that I should do a sketchbook using some of them like you're doing. It's a good idea...maybe for November when I'm indoors more. lol
10-04-2010, 02:30 PM
great drawings, EP. perfect perspective on the house. . . love the banana tree even though not finished!
10-04-2010, 07:25 PM
yep! the banana's are my favourite! I like all your work EP, but great to see the cp work creep in too ;)
10-05-2010, 09:31 AM
Very nice work EP! I like the house - great perspective - Also, the palm tree with clouds behind - great movement going on~
I'm liking the colored pencil :)
10-05-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks, everyone. The coloured pencil takes a loooong time and I'm a quick ink sketcher :)
10-05-2010, 07:55 PM
luckily there is room for all types, and methods EP! Congrats on becoming the new Mod, this doesn't mean you get to slack off on the sketchbook though........ :lol:
10-06-2010, 01:51 AM
Oct. 4 (graphite) and Oct. 5 (pan pastels)
10-06-2010, 01:53 AM
Graphite and pastels, your style shines through. Very cool.
10-09-2010, 02:00 AM
Good job with the graphite's, like the portraits and crosshatching. The color of the pastels look great... neat sketches.
10-09-2010, 03:29 AM
LOVE the Palm Tree and the House is PERFECT, excellent linework and perspective!
FANTASTIC people sketches!!!!
Interesting effect you have achieved with the pan pastels!!!!!
Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:
10-09-2010, 12:53 PM
Debby, Chuck, and Stacey - thank you :)
Here's page 6 of 30, ink and watercolour
10-09-2010, 12:53 PM
Here's page 7 of 30, ink and gouache
10-09-2010, 12:54 PM
Here's page 8 of 30, fluid acrylics
Nice beach scene sketches, EP! Just what we need in my neck of the woods to cheer us up as the days are getting shorter and monsoon season sets in!
10-09-2010, 08:45 PM
Looks like fun at the beach. Great drawing/paintings.
10-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Wonderful watercolors :) Really like the crab with the bright colors around it.
10-09-2010, 10:34 PM
Thanks to John, Debby, and Denyalle :) :) :)
10-10-2010, 01:35 AM
Great pages, I like the work on page 6 especially, the colours are lovely and the scenes you did work well together.
Your pencil portraits really caught my eye too.
10-10-2010, 06:02 AM
Love your color work Ep!
10-10-2010, 06:15 PM
I love what you're doing here EP. Its a whole lesson for me in ways to work, I especially like the really loose watercolour sketches.
10-10-2010, 07:40 PM
I think Debby had it right - no matter the medium your style is there!
What a neat collection of studies in the various media - this will be a great sketchbook to look back on EP.
10-11-2010, 12:38 AM
Linda, Viv, Xina, and Jackie - thank you.
Here's page 9 - sepia fluid acrylics on gesso'ed portions of the page.
I just love your loose style...I'm particularly fond of the crab, the beach with red umbrella, and the sepia people sketches :)
10-11-2010, 02:55 AM
Your sketchbook is looking good, page 8 looks like a nice place to visit.... great job!
10-11-2010, 04:20 PM
Epoh and Chuck - thank you
Here's page 10 of 30. Oil pastels on terra cotta colour fix primer (all gummed up ... must be too old?)
This is supposed to be a Caribbean sunset - ha!
Nice job on the sepia sketches! It's amazing how much value range and expressiveness is possible with a sepia monochrome piece. I've played around with walnut ink a bit, and it gives some fun results.
10-12-2010, 03:42 PM
I really like the color you have added to your drawings. You have a unique style
10-12-2010, 10:56 PM
Your sepia sketches are great.
The sunset is so colorful.
10-15-2010, 05:17 AM
THESE are FANTASTIC, each full of life and character - just FANTASTIC!!!!!
Gentle Hugs, Stacey
10-15-2010, 02:00 PM
John, Colleen, Debby, and Stacey - thank you
Page 11 of 30. Graphite
10-15-2010, 02:01 PM
Page 12 of 30. ink + wash
10-15-2010, 02:02 PM
Page 13 of 30. Coloured Pencils, and ink applied with a toothpick - hence the calligraphic thick and thin ink marks
10-16-2010, 02:11 AM
Great seeing you utilizing different mediums. Astounding using a toothpick for the ink work in the last page. Just splendid drawing/paintings.
10-16-2010, 03:22 AM
Hi EP! I agree with Debby - I like seeing you experimenting with different mediums. Your ink sketches are always great, but also among my favorites are the pen and gouache on Page 7 and the Oil Pastel sunset. Lovely colors in that sunset! Nice work. :clap:
10-16-2010, 04:08 AM
very nice sketches, that's cool you used toothpick and ink...
10-16-2010, 09:53 PM
Wonderful stuff! I like how you are really experimenting with the various medium here - it is interesting to see the different looks each one is creating ;)
Nice batch of sketches - I particularly like the last page of color work.
10-17-2010, 01:11 PM
Debby, Jean, Chuck, Jackie, and John - thank you.
Here's page 14 of 30. Soybean kiddie crayons.
10-17-2010, 07:33 PM
... and here's page 15 of 30. Halfway - yay! Ink and coloured pencil.
10-17-2010, 07:44 PM
More wonderful sketches. Congrats on being halfway through your sketchbook.
More good stuff! I like the pen and colored pencil sketches.
10-20-2010, 01:28 PM
Debby and John - thank you.
Page 16 of 30 - Pitt brush pen and coloured pencil
Page 17 of 30 - Pitt brush pen and coloured pencil and 8b woodless graphite
10-20-2010, 01:29 PM
Page 18 of 30 - 8b woodless graphite and coloured pencil
Page 19 of 30 - ballpoint pen and coloured pencil
Only 11 more pages :) :) :)
10-20-2010, 09:42 PM
wow! so much variety here to look at! love it all....
10-20-2010, 10:56 PM
Gorgeous color pages! You spread out to use a quarter page for each one and then kept changing mediums without losing the intensity of your great line drawings. Wonderful pages!
10-20-2010, 11:12 PM
These are all so great. The one looking up into the fronds of a palm is so cool.
10-20-2010, 11:21 PM
lot of kewl sketches... those color pencils look great, like the texture on the Soybean crayons too.
Another great group of sketches - very nice use of color here!
10-21-2010, 05:06 PM
EP - Your sketches are such a delight!!! I love how you use every medium you can get your hands on!!! There are too many favorites for me to even pick. What a variety!
10-21-2010, 05:56 PM
delightful sketches. . . the sailboat in colored pencil and ink is a fav. Love the curled up doggie and the neat looking up into the palm tree view.
10-21-2010, 09:04 PM
It can't possibly be a crayon unless it smells like Crayola
10-21-2010, 09:10 PM
LOL, Jen- I agree! :)
EP- these are all so nice!!
10-22-2010, 08:53 PM
Jackie, Robert, Debby, Chuck, John, Joan, Rainy, Jen, and Leslie - thank you :)
page 20 of 30 - Derwent Drawing Pencils and regular coloured pencils
This dog was hoping for handouts / mooching from beach-goers.
10-22-2010, 08:55 PM
page 21 - charcoal
page 22 - charcoal
10-22-2010, 09:55 PM
like the beach dog and charcoal sketches...good job!
10-22-2010, 10:42 PM
great beach sketches
I never have the courage to pull mine out in public like that
10-22-2010, 11:11 PM
great sketches, ep. . . love the dogs!
10-22-2010, 11:53 PM
Love the dogs and the swim flippers!
10-23-2010, 02:33 AM
Great charcoal sketches and swim flippers, but the canine mooch is stellar. That series is fantastic! Wonderful animal art!
10-23-2010, 06:02 PM
Awesome. These are wonderful.
10-25-2010, 09:54 PM
Mooching - perfect terminology for a dog! I like all the work but I particularly like the violet/purple that you use in the shadows - it really makes the sketch come alive ;)
10-25-2010, 11:23 PM
Dogs are consummate moochers!! I should know -- I can't sit down with a scrap of food without being surrounded by em :)
10-26-2010, 04:10 PM
Love the doggie...he mooched so much he needed to nap! Great sketches.
Nice work since I last checked in, EP! The charcoal sketches are great! I like working in charcoal but don't do it much because of the challenge of keeping it neat, especially in a sketchbook that gets used frequently.
10-27-2010, 11:07 PM
Great sketches since I last visited Ep! Love the mooching dogs and the charcoal sketches. You handle all mediums very well!
10-29-2010, 08:01 PM
Chuck, Jen, Rainy, Leslie, Robert, Debby, Jackie, Joan, John, and Viv - thank you
Page 23 of 30 - ink and coloured pencil
Page 24 of 30 - Pitt artist pen and coloured pencil
10-29-2010, 09:08 PM
Cool lizard. Pen and colored pencil is nice.
10-29-2010, 09:59 PM
Great lizard and cactus pages. I love the different poses and beautiful clean lines, the colors and textures. These are some of your best. Go go go!
10-30-2010, 02:45 PM
Debby and Robert - thank you.
Page 25 of 30 - close up of coral
Page 26 of 30 - sandbar with waist deep water
Pitt artist pen and coloured pencils.
Four more pages to go!
10-30-2010, 10:26 PM
Will you make it?
The coral is stunning. Lovely job on the people, water and boats.
10-30-2010, 10:53 PM
Debby - thank you!
Will you make it?
gulp! I hope so!! (better get off the site and open the sketchbook, hey?)
10-30-2010, 11:02 PM
Great stuff EP - congratulations on doing so well with the challenge! ;)
10-30-2010, 11:38 PM
beautiful stuff, EP. I love the cacti. . . those are all great and the gecko's as well
10-31-2010, 02:25 AM
Great coral textures and sand bar scenes. Good proportion and perspective on that boat, that's tricky! Your style continues to evolve in color and your clean pen lines are gorgeous.
10-31-2010, 02:45 AM
Jackie, Rainy, and Robert - thank you. I've got page 27 and 28 done and ready to photograph in the daylight tomorrow. And a good start on page 29. These last two pages might be a tad sloppy given the deadline :)
Edited: I had to edit my page list. I had an off-by-one error. I'm sure nobody would notice if I skipped a page - hee hee :)
Great sketches, EP! The cactus and lizard pages are superb - really love them!
10-31-2010, 01:27 PM
John - thank you.
Page 27 - graphite and pitt artist pen and coloured pencil.
Page 28 - pitt artist pen and coloured pencil.
Two more to go!!!
10-31-2010, 02:59 PM
Gorgeous houses and great costumed folks! Well, I don't know if the first two guys are in costume but the other three are. Beautiful Pitt pen rendering. I love using those when I want fast bold effects. Very cool combination with colored pencils, your loose fills are bold yet lively.
10-31-2010, 05:33 PM
Robert - thank you.
Page 29 of 30 - graphite, charcoal, Pitt artist pen, and coloured pencil
Page 30 of 30 - ink and coloured pencil.
I'm done!!!! Yahoo!!!!!
10-31-2010, 05:37 PM
Yay! Congrats on the finish!
Costumes and boats and elephants, oh my! Great job.
10-31-2010, 08:17 PM
Congratulations EP! What a great finish - I love all the latest sketches. I have always enjoyed your ink drawings but it has been really nice to see the other mediums emerging in this challenge ;)
11-01-2010, 03:06 AM
cool sketches, those boats look great.... congrats on your finish...
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