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10-01-2010, 09:24 PM
Well I carried the thing around all day at work and managed to get one doodle of a (theoretical) gas cylinder during a phone call.

(they keep us busy)


10-01-2010, 09:32 PM
Congratulations on the crucial first start! It would be tough to fit in time to sketch while working...I'm fortunate to have retired a couple years ago. I'm spoiled. Keep at it!

10-01-2010, 09:53 PM
Jen this is a FNATASTIC start, especially when you are under pressure to work at the same time!!!!!

The duck is GORGEOUS, so cute and the colours and shading perfect.

LOOKING FORWARD to this developing!!!!!

10-01-2010, 11:01 PM
I understand Jen - I was at work yesterday and didn't even get a peek at facebook all day!

Any drawing opportunity is a good thing I reckon - good luck and enjoy the challenge!

10-01-2010, 11:09 PM
Good start. Doodling can be an art form in and of itself.

10-01-2010, 11:15 PM
I like your rubber ducky! When I have "artist block" I draw a tiny Teddy bear that sits on my desk, over & over. Gets me warmed up... and I am getting Really Good at drawing Teddy bears!!!

10-02-2010, 12:15 AM
Thanks everyone :D

Tomorrow is Saturday, then Sunday. Two whole days off work!

10-02-2010, 01:37 AM
Tomorrow is Saturday, then Sunday. Two whole days off work!

Ohhhhhhhhh, then can we expect HEAPS of sketches from you over the next two days??????;)

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-02-2010, 02:48 AM
Good start! Carrying it around all day is a good idea, then you'll jot whenever you think of something. Onward! Love the shading on the gas cylinder.

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2010, 03:11 AM
You are very dedicated to carry it around all day - good for you. Love your little duckie!

10-02-2010, 03:59 AM
love the duckie :)

...and bravo to you for making time to sketch---phone doodling is a wonderful use of time :D

10-02-2010, 04:17 AM
quick sketches are great ideas!

10-02-2010, 12:47 PM
Love the ducky!

10-02-2010, 02:50 PM
adorable rubber duckie!

10-02-2010, 09:17 PM
since I have 108 pages I figured, why not do the swatches!


I had some grafitints lying around



The paper buckled the paper up a little


10-02-2010, 10:25 PM
LOOOOOOVE these pages, the colour swatches are very well done.

The two characters are just gorgeous, LOVE them!!!!!

PS. did you mean "water buckled the paper" not "PAPER buckled the paper"? LOL!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 10:32 PM

Water buckled the paper!

10-02-2010, 11:09 PM
Nice swatches. Very cute sketches.

10-02-2010, 11:48 PM
Off to a great start. Now I'm starting to feel like I need to do some swatches! That would be a first.:D

10-03-2010, 01:57 AM
Liking that penguin, those colour swatches look great. :)

10-03-2010, 03:41 AM
Nice Job, Jen! The penguin reminds me of the old Bloom County comic strip...:) . He was my favorite character in the strip.

10-03-2010, 03:44 AM
I'm in love with penguiun lust!

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 06:00 AM
nice sketches :)

10-03-2010, 06:55 AM
Thanks guys !

John: he is my stuffed Opus. Good strip, wasn't it?

10-03-2010, 07:20 AM
hehehehehe lovin the Penguin lust.......

10-03-2010, 07:21 AM
Hehe I love the penguin lust, too cute! LOL I'm amazed at the apparent colour shift in the swatches when the water was added, I'd never really noticed it before!

10-03-2010, 01:20 PM
Very fun! Love the color swatches - good work~

Joan T
10-03-2010, 03:24 PM
Carrying around the sketchbook is a good idea. That way if you have a bit of time you can sketch something. Great start with the swatches, the duck, and the penguin.

10-03-2010, 09:11 PM
Cute penguin :)

10-04-2010, 03:11 AM
I love swatches...always helpful...and I am surprised at the difference in dry and wet of the graphitints...very interesting!

Opus is cute..I remember him :)

10-04-2010, 10:43 AM
aw. . . that penquin is so cute!

10-04-2010, 12:34 PM
Very nice watercolors, I think the penguin is cute too!

10-04-2010, 09:32 PM
I didn't make even one sketch on sunday, there was so much to do! (in between napping)

But I did some today




I have way too many pages left!

10-04-2010, 10:09 PM
Deep breath. It's only still the first week of the month. You'll do fine.

Great sketches.

10-05-2010, 09:12 AM
You're ahead of me! Great job - I like the ball cap sketch - nice work, and the Pink lady- very nice also!

10-05-2010, 01:08 PM
I really like the pink lady! Great job.

Joan T
10-05-2010, 01:11 PM
Good job on the last group. I like the negative look of the cap.

10-05-2010, 05:42 PM
I like how you have a blank pumpkin to work out ideas on :D ..awesome!
the shadow area in the upper right of your ball cap is working quite well
and the colors on your pink lady are beautiful :)

10-05-2010, 07:58 PM
those artstix look like nice colours! looking good...... intrigued to see what happens with the pumpkin..... :)

10-05-2010, 08:28 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments. I love the artstix, I got the big box of 48 colors!

And I have to come up with a pumpkin design before Sunday as I have been ordered to report to pumpkin painting at a fair Sunday.

10-06-2010, 12:09 AM
I really like the hat sketch! I go through hats quickly, and have a lot of them that look like they've been through the wringer. It gives them 'character' - :) .

10-06-2010, 12:24 AM
a hat without character is a waste!

10-06-2010, 01:01 AM
I know how you feel . . . I also have way to many pages left. Five down, 51 to go. YIKES.. .

that is a wonderful lived in ball cap, very nice! like you art stix apple, cool colors.

WC Lee
10-08-2010, 03:30 AM
Doing good :) well lived in ball cap .. I tend to lose all of mine :lol:

10-08-2010, 03:57 AM

10-09-2010, 05:31 AM
Hi Jen

FANTASTIC sketch of the Ball Cap and the Apple.

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 12:31 PM
Thanks, everyone. I have had such a week at w*rk that I have only done a couple of sketches. I will do some more then post them.

10-09-2010, 07:44 PM
Here are a couple more pages.




10-09-2010, 07:53 PM
Like your colored pencil experiments. The pepper is distinctive.

10-10-2010, 11:22 PM
Testing and experimenting with materials is a great way to learn and push up your skill level. I really like the pepper.

10-11-2010, 03:22 AM
like those blue colors, the horizontal juxtaposed image is the way I like to do color pencils... your pepper looks great!

10-11-2010, 04:30 PM
Interesting blue swatches/studies of layers.

10-11-2010, 10:09 PM
great stuff!

10-12-2010, 03:46 PM
nice hot chili pepper!

10-12-2010, 11:23 PM
love your colour experiments, i have to do that.
some of the nicest colour i have mixed....i hate to say, have been by accident

10-13-2010, 12:39 AM
I think I could fill the book with different color mixes with my pencils and never even get to a drawing ;)

10-13-2010, 07:49 PM
October CP challenge

Or: I tried


10-14-2010, 04:24 AM
that's pretty good for the cp challenge...

10-14-2010, 10:58 PM
From your comment, you are not happy with the drawing. It may not be you so much as the paper in your sketch book. You have the right proportions of things and color changes to indicate shadowing and the water droplet itself.

10-15-2010, 01:21 AM
Hi Jen,

ALL of these experiments are AMAZING and I LOVE the sketches!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-15-2010, 08:00 AM
Thanks! I guess I am just unhappy because I could not figure out how to do the veins and water drops on the leaf itself. (plus it didn't scan well)

10-17-2010, 06:04 PM
keep those crayons moving, you're getting some good things happening with them.

10-19-2010, 09:46 PM
I played with some Conte colored crayons


10-20-2010, 12:24 AM
Good job on the rocket ship, the shading is well done.

10-20-2010, 08:05 AM
Cool, Jen! You are carrying that sketchbook around and experimenting with colors and different materials. That's what a sketchbook should be for. You've got some fun sketches in there - like your rubber duckie and penguin, and your rocketship. Keep it going! Waiting to see more. :-)

10-20-2010, 01:34 PM
Fun rocket! Next try ... kiddie crayons :)

10-20-2010, 05:57 PM
Thank you :)

I just happen to have a large set of crayola around here somewhere...

10-20-2010, 07:40 PM
Great CP challenge sketch and lovely color juxtapositions, layering. I can see the Coloursoft and Dick Blick pencils are working out great for you.

On doing raindrops and leaf veins, what helped me finally get it was to use the zoom function on Gimp and look at a good high resolution reference - with the drop so big it was maybe an inch or two long, the drop being the main event. From doing one that huge as a careful value study I was able to start getting them in color and doing them more often. Veins just take patience or incising - groove a line into the paper by putting a piece of computer paper over it and draw the veins hard with a ballpoint, then remove that and cover the paper with soft tonal layers. If you go lightly color won't go into the grooves and you've got light vein lines, which can look great with a dark line right next to them. It's fun. I should do a tutorial.

I need to do another page, so maybe I will!

Fun rocket in Color Conte Crayons. Are those the ones I have - like other Conte crayons but in bright colors? I love those, they're actually hard pastels and they smudge beautifully. I've actually used up a set of them so far, I like them so much.

10-20-2010, 09:26 PM

10-20-2010, 11:05 PM
I did the raindrop and leaf vein demo in CP in my October sketchbook, thanks for sparking the idea. I didn't use the CP challenge reference though, just made up a really simple one. With a reference I usually just do it large and focus on what the reference has in values and hues.

10-20-2010, 11:09 PM
Cool rocket ship. Keep 'em coming.

10-21-2010, 02:12 PM
October CP challenge

Or: I tried


I wish you'd reposted the reference with this. It's fantastic. I went up there, curious about the reference and how a dewdrop could come out that reddish and look like a blood drop - well, it does, probably because that's the reddish tip of the leaf or something! This is beautifully accurate. Any problems you had are fairly minor, though I hope the simpler dewdrop/veins thing I did helps with it.

Joan T
10-21-2010, 05:00 PM
I like how you did the comparison swatches for your blues. Good color and shading on that pepper!!! Nice job on the water drop...those are so hard to do. Cute rocket!!

10-21-2010, 07:08 PM
Thank you DrDebby, Joan T

Robert, thanks, that is what caught my attention on that leaf, it looked like it was bleeding!

I would totally read any tutorial you made on veins or water drops, the veins totally defeated me. I tried to do some of the other water drops on the leave but they show up better on the original than the scan.

10-21-2010, 09:58 PM
two more pages. I begin to suspect I wont fill all 108 pages...



10-21-2010, 10:05 PM
The pear has a nice loose feel to it. The rat parts are cute. Like the little hand holding the food.

10-24-2010, 08:33 PM
I went to a convention over the weekend but I did find some time to fiddle





10-24-2010, 08:54 PM
Very nice shading on the apples.... Looks like you been busy, keep up the great work:)

10-24-2010, 10:10 PM
neat apple studies. . . hope you enjoyed the convention.

10-25-2010, 09:20 PM
I like the way you are playing with the colours in the last couple of pages. The yellow/purple complementary combinations are great.

10-26-2010, 06:23 AM
Your pear in Crayolas came out well. I love the page of rattie parts - you have been closely observing that animal and caught such lively poses and actions. Looks like you drew from a loved pet, it's very sweet.

Excellent Red Delicious apple, the shape, the shine and the depth are all so true I could recognize the breed. The lighter Sketch & Wash one is interesting. Cool color and texture swatches in Blick Artist colored pencils. I really like those, they're good and soft and intense. Gorgeous group of apples in Coloursoft.

I'll link to the page with the dewdrop and veins tutorial then, I've posted a bunch of other pages since then so I'll come back and edit it in. With something like the reference you used, look for the features in the tutorial in it but don't be surprised if some aren't there - when it's hanging free, the shadow under the dewdrop won't be visible. I hope it helps, with the veins it might help a lot. With a reference it helps to slow down and pay attention to values and shapes without regard to what they are, because that reference was very unusual.

That's the one - knew it was off the current page on my October journal: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10661311&postcount=204 - hope you like it.

I love the directional strokes on that last group of three apples. They help give it volume and suggest the streaks that form on many breeds of apples.

10-26-2010, 07:22 PM
Like your sketches and color experiments. The apples are very well done.

10-27-2010, 11:21 AM
Good stuff since I last visited! I like the 'rattie ports' and the apple in particular.

10-27-2010, 06:24 PM
The rattie parts are from photos. I lost my beloved pets (RIP: Reginald and The Bruce)

Vivien Maloney
10-27-2010, 11:03 PM
It's always hard losing a beloved pet.
You're doing good work here Jen. I like your color pencil work swatches and apples.

10-29-2010, 01:11 PM
Cute rat faces! (never thought I'd say those words :) )

Joan T
10-29-2010, 02:16 PM
Good job on the fruit sketches.

10-31-2010, 02:45 AM
Jen, that's so sad. Glad you have photos of them. Rats don't live long but they're very intelligent, loving pets. Your drawings show the love you held for them, they're very accurate and intimate and you captured them in happy affectionate playful moods.

I haven't gotten a rat again because I have my cat, but they are very cool little animals. Much gentler than gerbils. Any friend that had a gerbil always got bit a lot, and of course I did if I tried to pet it.

I had a go at that raindrop and leaf reference tonight, it's on my last page. I used an underpainting and that really helped - the underpainting is up on the CP Challenge thread right before the final.