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seejay
11-01-2010, 11:08 PM
Trying to finish off a book I've had for many years. Started using this book back in 2002. I don't think November will see it finished, but you never know.

Winsor & Newton A4 hardcover white cartridge paper.

1st - five minute timed sketches, various knick-knacks etc - most with some type of pen and one with a black chinagraph pencil.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2010/6409-hc_1nov.resized.jpg

2nd - five minute timed sketches, various objects including skull of echidna - carbon pencils. Sprayed with shellac to fix sketches, may show as a bit of a stain.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2010/6409-hc_2nov.resized.jpg

Cheers

Chuckcamo
11-02-2010, 04:04 AM
very nice sketches, like your shading too...:)

seejay
11-02-2010, 05:19 AM
very nice sketches, like your shading too...:)

Thanks very much. That's my quick shading, sometimes it works okay.:cat:

eyepaint
11-02-2010, 12:59 PM
Love that first page. The ink lines and swirls and really cool shading effects :) :) :)

RainySea
11-02-2010, 01:23 PM
very nice form and line on all of your quick sketches!

Joan T
11-02-2010, 04:10 PM
Nice lines in your sketches!!! These are great!

JTMB
11-02-2010, 08:29 PM
Nice sketches - your perspective is really well done! Looking forward to the rest of the month.

Davkin
11-02-2010, 08:39 PM
Those are great sketches, especially for 5 min. ea.

David

virgo68
11-02-2010, 11:07 PM
cool start! I like that touch of red in there with the ink - adds a nice contrast :)

seejay
11-02-2010, 11:22 PM
Thanks everyone, with your support I might make the month!:D Glad you like the lines, speed brings out the mess in me.

John - I'm curious what the rest of the month will bring.

Jackie - well spotted, I forgot to mention the ink! Doh!

David, using a timer seems to be a good idea, no time to reconsider, just hit the start button and look for a subject to draw.

I've just got back from my swamp sketching, now I better go do todays sketching for this thread.

Cheers

seejay
11-03-2010, 12:23 AM
Day 3 - After a nice cuppa everything is fine.

9B Graphite stick, paper stump, kneadable eraser, shellac to fix pic.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2010/6409-hc_03novchaitea.resized.jpg

Cheers

Epoh
11-03-2010, 01:28 AM
you have a wonderful sense of perspective, your proportions look spot on!

I really like the looseness of the pen sketches...and the chai tea--which I LOVE, btw--with it's soft quality is quite lovely :)

seejay
11-03-2010, 01:50 AM
you have a wonderful sense of perspective, your proportions look spot on!

I really like the looseness of the pen sketches...and the chai tea--which I LOVE, btw--with it's soft quality is quite lovely :)

Thanks very much Epoh. I'm working hard to get the perspective / proportions right, but still some way to go I think. Currently studying a good book on perspective, called "Perspective", by Rex Vicat Cole. Always useful to work on basics. Also doing some slow b&w still life studies on toned paper to improve my observation skills....sometimes I wish this drawing stuff was easier, but then I would be bored and stop.:D

The perspective book is available as a free download from www.archive.org (http://www.archive.org/download/cu31924020581041/cu31924020581041.pdf) if you are interested. A daunting subject, best approached a little bit at a time I think.

Cheers

Joan T
11-03-2010, 11:56 AM
Excellent shape to that teapot!!! Impressive!

seejay
11-03-2010, 07:51 PM
Joan, funny you should say that. I've been looking back at this and seeing all the bits out of place!!!:D

Okay, day 4, a quick contour sketch....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2010/6409-4novcontoursketch.jpg

I may not be able to post the next few days as I do them, but will catch up if I don't.

Cheers

RainySea
11-03-2010, 08:12 PM
nice lines again, I like the free and looseness of this and it keeps me quessing what all those jars are (baby powder I can guess! -- maybe baby lotion and perfumes and hairspray, first aide spray maybe? see less is more as you have engaged my mind by leaving most of the wording out! :)

seejay
11-03-2010, 08:25 PM
Thanks Rainy. I think you got most of the items, plus some insect repellent, deodorant, tea tree oil ... who knows what else, maybe it's time for a spring clean.:D

Cheers

Epoh
11-03-2010, 10:46 PM
love the loose quality and the interest created by all the different shapes and sizes of the bottles :)

DrDebby
11-04-2010, 12:42 AM
Great sketches. Love the tea sketch. Mmmm... chai tea. :)

seejay
11-04-2010, 01:05 AM
Thanks epoh and Debby.

I like contour drawing, it's almost like meditation. Everything else is work, but it's all fun.

Cheers

JTMB
11-04-2010, 02:26 AM
Great job on all the bottles and containers - tough subject to do so well quickly.

virgo68
11-04-2010, 03:11 AM
cool - like the line work with the ink!

seejay
11-04-2010, 06:51 AM
Thanks John and Jackie.

Maybe I will do some more of these - it will help fill in November, and I like them, so win-win I think!:D

Cheers

seejay
11-07-2010, 08:34 AM
Been out of town, my son got engaged. Not much time for art, but did take my sketchbook for November.

All done with pens....

Day 5 - mainly some doodling done on train
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2010/6409-5nov2010.resized.jpg

Day 6 - daughter's courtyard garden #1
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2010/6409-6nov2010.resized.jpg

Day 7 - daughter's courtyard garden #2
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2010/6409-7nov2010.resized.jpg

seejay
11-07-2010, 08:53 AM
Addendum for my sketchbook day 6 - sketches done by my granddaughter. Young children know how to approach drawing - no apparent doubts, no fussing about, keeping it short and sweet - a lesson for me. I'm shown top middle, looking a bit freaked out for some reason (maybe I really look like that). My sketch of my granddaughter, at the bottom, met with harsh criticism; "it's too messy around the eyes", "doesn't look good". She even added some unauthorised adjustments/improvements, or maybe she was just trying to obliterate my poor drawing!:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2010/6409-6nov2010bella.resized.jpg

It was great to share this experience with her.
Cheers

RainySea
11-07-2010, 08:59 AM
great pages, chris . . . and its always so cool to get children interested in art and interacting with an adult when doing it. I wish I'd had an artist in the family when growing up to encourage me! good for you.

JTMB
11-07-2010, 12:07 PM
Great sketches, Chris! I really like your style. The fingers and eye on the first page are particularly well done. It's always so interesting to see kids' drawings - their lack of inhibition about it is so wonderful.

vhere
11-07-2010, 12:15 PM
going well :)

DrDebby
11-07-2010, 09:15 PM
Great doodles. The courtyard drawings are splendid. Lovely addition from your granddaughter.

virgo68
11-08-2010, 12:22 AM
:lol:
cool stuff!

seejay
11-08-2010, 01:30 AM
Thanks everyone. Over a week of November gone, so far so good.

Day 8 - if my sketchbook had pretensions I guess this could be called a montage!:evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2010/6409-8nov2010.resized.jpg

Elain
11-08-2010, 04:06 AM
Great doodles and courtyard sketches.
The 'montage' is different but I really do love that doodle page.

Joan T
11-08-2010, 01:21 PM
Great collection of sketches. I especially like the contour sketches and that page of doodles with the hand sketches hidden below. Good sketches done of the courtyard. You have a budding artist in the family I see. Nice!

seejay
11-08-2010, 10:08 PM
Thanks Elain and Joan. Maybe I need to do more doodling?:cat:

For the rest of this week I'll try out some different mediums besides pen...give them a rest for a while.

Day 9 - This page done with silverpoint - a delicate light medium - I tried to darken up the image a bit so it would show better. I hope it looks okay when I post.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2010/6409-9nov2010silverpointadjusted.jpg

Cheers

DrDebby
11-08-2010, 10:15 PM
Cool montage. Neat silver point work.

JTMB
11-08-2010, 11:05 PM
More great pages. I'm really impressed with all your ellipses - my ellipses never seem to want to behave well...! :lol: The silverpoint is nice -good job on the foot, that and hands were a tough assignment for me in my drawing classes.

seejay
11-08-2010, 11:23 PM
Debby, thank you.

John, thnx also. Ellipses, hands and feet are all works in progress!:D One day when I complete a couple more of my sketchbooks I want to start a book just for hands.

Cheers

Chuckcamo
11-09-2010, 01:35 AM
very nice sketches, I have heard if you can draw hands and feet... then you can draw anything. :)

seejay
11-09-2010, 09:57 PM
Thanks Chuck. I think Sargent may have said that drawing hands everyday was a good way to learn how to draw, but can't find any support for that at the moment.

Day 10 - after yesterdays subtle medium, I picked a darker one today; charcoal soaked in linseed oil (this makes it darker, harder to smudge, impossible to correct). Decided to leave contours instead of shading.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2010/6409-10nov2010.resized.jpg

JTMB
11-09-2010, 11:59 PM
Nicely done, Chris! Now that is a medium I hadn't heard of...interesting. Does the oil make the charcoal less dusty when working as one would assume?

seejay
11-10-2010, 02:54 AM
Nicely done, Chris! Now that is a medium I hadn't heard of...interesting. Does the oil make the charcoal less dusty when working as one would assume?

Thanx John. Apparently oiled charcoal has been used for centuries. Here is a link with some info (http://arts.jrank.org/pages/9541/Charcoal.html).

It works like a self-fixing charcoal, but can still smudge a little bit. It goes on quite thick and dark, much more so then the willow charcoal it started out as, and isn't dusty at all. The oil does come out into the paper a bit, which may be a drawback. The main problem I have with it is if the oiled sticks dry out - you end up with rock hard black sticks, no good for drawing anymore!:D

Cheers

JTMB
11-10-2010, 03:07 AM
Interesting - thanks for the info.

virgo68
11-10-2010, 03:26 AM
great sketches - I like the montage - pretty neat drawings there!

RainySea
11-10-2010, 09:18 AM
NICE work. . . I especially like the paintbrush and the foot. What is silverpoint? Don't think I've heard of that one before. . . I would have guessed those were graphite.

Very cool montage. . .

DrDebby
11-10-2010, 07:07 PM
Great still life. The contour lines are cool.

seejay
11-10-2010, 09:45 PM
Thanks everyone.

John: No worries, mate

Jackie: my granddaughter told me I do messy drawings, not neat!:D

Rainy: silver point - drawing with silver (the shiny metal stuff). I bought some sterling silver wire (0.7mm), as used by jewelery makers, and put it into a cheap clutch pencil. To actually be able to draw you need to put some type of ground on to the paper/board. Acrylic gesso works a bit, I used some white Absolute Matte paint which gives me good results. White gouache is supposed to be good. It does look a bit like graphite, but it isn't as dark. Here is wikipedia's info on the subject (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverpoint), plenty of info on the web. It works for some other metals too, I have also tried copper wire.

Debby: Contour lines are cool!

Cheers

seejay
11-10-2010, 09:53 PM
Day 11 - took my sketchbook to the coast, out of the house for a change. Rocky shoreline with watercolour pencils. Still mixing up the mediums this week. I only have a limited selection of pencils, it was overcast and showery at the time I did this, so blue suited me. About 1/2 hour later it was nice and sunny, but time to go. Oh well...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Nov-2010/6409-11nov2010.resized.jpg

virgo68
11-11-2010, 12:12 AM
ah Queensland weather! :lol: Interesting palette of colours, quite effective.

Chuckcamo
11-11-2010, 12:22 AM
I like rainy weather, nice mix for limited colors, fits the mood very well. :)

seejay
11-11-2010, 08:17 PM
Thanks Jackie and Chuck.

Day 12 - oiled charcoal and watercolour, my version of paint-by-numbers.

Or, "No care taken, all responsibility accepted".:D

IRL it is not quite so bold, but I didn't want a washed-out pic.:cat:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2010/6409-12nov2010adjusted.jpg

Cheers

RainySea
11-11-2010, 09:38 PM
Love the beach scene. . . and that is very novel to combine charcoal with watercolor, don't think I've seen that before. Love the screwdriver beside the flower :)

DrDebby
11-11-2010, 10:38 PM
The beach scene is marvelous.

The still life with charcoal and watercolors is bold and cheerful. Never heard of mixing those media, but, it works. Good job.

Elain
11-12-2010, 03:36 AM
You have caught the mood of the overcast day and such a contrast with the next bold page.

I like the black outlines and colour.

vhere
11-12-2010, 11:55 AM
I like the gentle colours of the seascape

and oiled charcoal??? do explain!

JTMB
11-12-2010, 12:05 PM
Nice rainy weather seascape - given the weather where I live, I totally identify...! Great bold colors and graphic qualities to the still life.

Joan T
11-12-2010, 05:30 PM
I like the atmosphere in your rainy day seascape!!! Great job on the still life...I like the brightness of the colors.

seejay
11-12-2010, 07:04 PM
Thanks for your comments everyone.

Vivien: and oiled charcoal??? do explain!

I put a link in post 41 that mentions the use of this medium. To make it, I put some short pieces of willow charcoal into a small jar, and cover with linseed oil (with a little gum turps to make it thinner). After a few days, you can take a piece out, wipe of the oil, and use it....the oil makes the charcoal darker and less prone to smudging. Oil does leach out into the paper, probably not desirable. Compressed charcoal and fixative are probably better.

seejay
11-12-2010, 07:09 PM
Day 13 - some kind of crayon stick in holder, sanguine

I'm running out of mediums, back to pen soon I think.:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2010/6409-13nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

WYSIWYG
11-12-2010, 11:13 PM
What a cool use of different mediums, geeze, I have a feeling my pocketbook is going to hurt with all the new ideas I want to try from seeing peoples results here! LOL The oiled charcoal looks particularly interesting especially with the watercolours and the crayon stick looks like great fun as well - reminds me of one of the Mavro sketches I have here which is in a similar material/colour!

DrDebby
11-13-2010, 12:05 AM
Great sketch page. The monochrome look is so cool.

seejay
11-13-2010, 07:30 PM
wysiwyg - thanks. Whatever i'm using won't cost too much, I can't afford expensive stuff!:D

Thanks Debby.

Day 14 - black chinagraph pencils. Looks a bit like a crime scene, these are dog toys as found on the floor arranged by the dog. The real victim is the bear, missing an arm and totally de-stuffed! If the bear looks flat, that's because it is - the dog's favourite shaking toy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2010/6409-14nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

JTMB
11-13-2010, 07:33 PM
Fun sketch! The dog gets an A for composition...! Having big dogs, we generally avoided stuffed toys with ours, but our chocolate Lab got one as a present from a friend, so we let him have it. Thereafter, he thought anything remotely fuzzy belonged to him - of which his favorite was my bedroom slippers, which had to go into hiding on a high shelf to save them for their intended purpose.

seejay
11-13-2010, 07:45 PM
Thanks John. You are right about the composition - I usually look around to see what grabs my eye for a sketch, this jumped right out at me.

vhere
11-14-2010, 06:23 AM
good sketch - chinagraph pencils are rather nice to draw with aren't they? I keep a white one in my sketching pencil case to use as a resist with watercolour or to haze over distant headlands to send them off into the distance - very useful

CandAlArt
11-14-2010, 08:02 PM
I love the dog toy crime scene! Really, it is whimsical and also a nice composition. Good inspiration for us to draw what we really see around the home. :lol:

DrDebby
11-14-2010, 08:24 PM
That's a wonderful sketch. "Dog toy crime scene." Do feel bad for the poor teddy bear though.

seejay
11-14-2010, 08:26 PM
good sketch - chinagraph pencils are rather nice to draw with aren't they? I keep a white one in my sketching pencil case to use as a resist with watercolour or to haze over distant headlands to send them off into the distance - very useful

Thanks Vivien. I like the pencils, but they wear down quickly if used like I did here!:D I have used them as a resist, but never as a scumble to tone thinks down - great ideas, thanks for sharing.:thumbsup:

Cheers

seejay
11-14-2010, 08:28 PM
I love the dog toy crime scene! Really, it is whimsical and also a nice composition. Good inspiration for us to draw what we really see around the home. :lol:

Thanks Candace, I can struggle trying to set up something to draw, and not get interested, other times some random arrangement jumps out and I enjoy sketching those much more.

seejay
11-14-2010, 08:35 PM
That's a wonderful sketch. "Dog toy crime scene." Do feel bad for the poor teddy bear though.

Teddy bears are a protected species around the house usually; this one went feral, but it was too late to save it by the time it was found again. :lol: Thanks.

seejay
11-14-2010, 08:44 PM
Day 15 - two for the price of one, but these two don't make a whole. Neither really worked for me, one of those days when the fun didn't really kick in. Oh well, better to have tried and failed....etc. :D

#1: hands - mostly blind contours, and then I overdid it by trying to a more drawn hand.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2010/6409-15nov2010hands.resized.jpg

#2: a can. Blah!:eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2010/6409-15nov2010can.resized.jpg

Cheers

CandAlArt
11-14-2010, 11:31 PM
Chris I like the hands- looks like an anxious moment when one wrings their hands. Even stuff we think is "blah" someone else may get an idea or insight from!

RainySea
11-15-2010, 12:30 AM
the can is nicely rounded and modeled but I love the hands. Its like some of the old masters where you can see the contour drawing below. It also almost gives it some motion. Very cool.

Chuckcamo
11-15-2010, 01:09 AM
The hands do look cool with the lines and all, have you ever used that technique where you don't lift the pen off the paper until the drawing is finished, that kind of reminds of it... The can looks realistic, like the shading too. Good job!

seejay
11-15-2010, 04:00 AM
Thanks everyone, maybe I'll try some more contours tomorrow, see what inspires me then.

Chuck, for most of the hands I left the pen on the page, only looking at the page and lifting the pen when I started on a new edge. Sometimes the results are interesting....

Cheers

WYSIWYG
11-15-2010, 06:19 AM
I know neither of the two sketches worked for you as you say but they are rather cool in their own right. What Candace said, I'll ditto! I do love the doggie toy crime scene though! Could be you were looking at my floor most days! LOLOL

poochemio
11-15-2010, 12:59 PM
Dog toy crime scene, what a title. Great idea for a sketch too, you even have the dogs helping you out.

vhere
11-15-2010, 04:09 PM
Yes I like the hands too :) . They have a sense of movement and energy

seejay
11-15-2010, 08:23 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Day 16 - over the half way mark. Decided to sketch some (not all) of my current sketchbooks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2010/6409-16nov2010.resized.jpg

RainySea
11-15-2010, 08:27 PM
Oh, that is great! both the drawing and the subject. :)
Like your uses of line and various hatching in this.

JTMB
11-15-2010, 08:50 PM
Really like the stack of sketchbooks! Looks like mine - if I stopped buying sketchbooks now and kept doing at least a page per day, I might finish them in my lifetime. :)

virgo68
11-15-2010, 09:01 PM
everyone's an art critic eh, even the kids!

I've missed a few days here Chris - and WOW - what a great collection exploring so many subjects and media - excellent stuff!

rsriramula
11-16-2010, 02:13 AM
Very nice sketches within minutes!! The birds expressions are very real and touching.

DrDebby
11-16-2010, 09:37 PM
The hands are marvelous. The can, is cool in it's own right. The roundness and the small ridges look very real.

seejay
11-16-2010, 09:40 PM
Thanks again for dropping by....:clap:. Your comments are appreciated.

John, I have another pile bigger than this of books I haven't started - I don't think you can have too many, and you can never do too much sketching either. We will get through them, think positive!:D

Day 17 - came back from my Wed morning swamp sketching, made myself a nice pot of chai, then sketched the ingredients I use. I did have another subject picked out, but changed my mind at the last minute - maybe I shouldn't have, my rough technique seems to have overwhelmed this delicate subject.

Dip pen, brush, sepia ink.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2010/6409-17nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

DrDebby
11-16-2010, 09:46 PM
The chai recipe is delightful.

WYSIWYG
11-17-2010, 02:24 AM
Oh gosh! That's awesome! Chai is my favorite and I like the black shading on all the spices! Yummy!

seejay
11-17-2010, 02:59 AM
Thanks

Debby, my own special version after a bit of experimenting!:D I used to use ginger instead of pepper, but it isn't so easy to keep. I couldn't find a good commercial mix.

Wysiwyg, I wasn't sure about the backlighting - certainly wasn't planned - glad you liked the effect.

cheers

seejay
11-17-2010, 06:33 PM
Day 19 - what was I thinking?:confused: Very limited range of Neocolor IIs and Sennelier OPs, black wax pencil, plus waterbrush to wet Neocolors. The soft toys aren't mine, I swear!:D

[The image may be a little bolder than IRL, my scanner seems to wash out the colour and my image manipulation tools aren't real good.]

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2010/6409-18nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

DrDebby
11-17-2010, 06:39 PM
Great sketch of stuffed critters. The bear in the body-hoodie is so cute.

vhere
11-17-2010, 07:26 PM
fun

I find that some images adjust more easily if I duplicate the layer and then multiply - then alter the percentage of the multiply until it's right. It doesn't over darken the paper colour and works well with watercolours and coloured pencil work.

RainySea
11-17-2010, 07:26 PM
Love the colorful OP toys! So fun. . . and that chai recipe is great with all those little spices. You have the patience of Job to look at and draw those! :) Very cool pages. Well done.

JTMB
11-17-2010, 07:36 PM
I'm not a tea person, but I like the chai ingredient sketches nonetheless! The stuffed critter collection is wonderfully colorful and whimsical.

Dougwas
11-17-2010, 08:46 PM
A nice mix of mediums, Chris. The shadows in your Chai drawing make the spices come alive and your stuffed critters are look great. Loved your grand daughter's drawing. No fear.

Doug

seejay
11-18-2010, 07:27 PM
Thanks for all the looks and comments!:clap:

Maybe not so many for today's post :D , an attempted self-portrait in OPs and Neocolor IIs. It has been ages since I tried one of these, what a shambles! But it is today's sketch, and will have to do. Sorry in advance for any negative reactions!:evil:

Day 19 - attempted sp in mirror

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2010/6409-19nov2010.resized.jpg

Chuckcamo
11-18-2010, 10:20 PM
great job on the self-portrait ... :thumbsup:

DrDebby
11-18-2010, 10:34 PM
So that's what you look like. Great self portrait.

seejay
11-19-2010, 03:05 AM
Thanks Chuck and Debby. My wife says it vaguely looks like me!:D

All I can say is the model wouldn't stay in position, and the artist didn't know what he was doing. Next time I'll use a medium that can be corrected - I normally don't look so dirty...

Cheers

WYSIWYG
11-19-2010, 06:11 AM
Hey you probably did way better than I would have done - don't be so hard on yourself, especially if you've not worked with the materials in awhile. I actually think it works pretty well as an effect though.

virgo68
11-19-2010, 06:46 AM
hehehehe - my life drawing teacher ALWAYS ended up with a dirty smudged face at the end of Tuesday night lessons lol! She never seemed to remember that she had done a demo of how to use the charcoal......

I think that is a fabulous self portrait - the touches of colour are great and subtle but then wham! you used a red background! Wondering what the grand-daughter will make of this one....! ;)

CandAlArt
11-19-2010, 01:06 PM
Hey the best part of WC is that, as far as we know, it is a PERFECT likeness! Hahaha. Really, it is a great study and you do a very good job of adding the glasses- they can be so hard to get right.

vhere
11-19-2010, 01:16 PM
looks good to me :)

seejay
11-19-2010, 06:03 PM
Thanks everyone.:clap:

WYSIWYG - don't be so hard on yourself The inner critic is on a short leash these days, I treat my efforts as learning experiences. I just like to moan!:D

Jackie - Wondering what the grand-daughter will make of this one....! Hmmm, maybe I'll keep this one to myself.:wink2:

Candace and Vivien - much appreciated.

Now, time to find today's sketch subject ....

Cheers

RainySea
11-19-2010, 06:12 PM
I don't think that is a shambles at all. . . I really, really like it! Love the way you added the color in the face and skin. GREAT COLOR. Great eyes. I think this is AWESOME!

:clap::clap:

seejay
11-19-2010, 07:32 PM
Thanks for the vote of confidence Rainy!

Day 20 - copic markers and Pitt artist brushpens, after breakfast.

I like the way the copic markers go on, but I don't like how they bleed through the page.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2010/6409-20nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

JTMB
11-19-2010, 07:43 PM
Nice sketch, Chris! I've had the same experience with Copic (and Prismacolor) markers. You might want to try Pitt pens, which have zero bleed-through, even on very thin paper. They are rather amazing in that regard.

seejay
11-19-2010, 07:53 PM
Thanks John. Yeah, the brown in this sketch is a Pitt brush pen - I only have to look at the back of the page to see the difference between the two types of markers.

RainySea
11-19-2010, 08:54 PM
That is a great job on that coffee pot. I used to have one of those, what are they called now, french press? Great job with the pens. But where are the croissants? :)

seejay
11-19-2010, 09:41 PM
Thanks Rainy, I call it a coffee plunger.
But where are the croissants? I love rhetorical questions!:D

Cheers

DrDebby
11-19-2010, 09:42 PM
Lovely coffee pot and spoon. But, where are the croissants?

seejay
11-19-2010, 11:09 PM
Lovely coffee pot and spoon. But, where are the croissants?
Thanks Debby. They were there, honest!:)

WYSIWYG
11-20-2010, 01:20 AM
ROTFLMAO... I love the coffee and 'croissants'! Delicious! (Obviously!)

Joan T
11-20-2010, 01:18 PM
Chris - Just catching up a bit. Sorry about the crime scene with the poor bear! Wonderful shine to that can...don't those cans with the ridges make the best subjects??? Love the colorful toys. Your sp came out great...l like the shading on your face with just small touches of color. Where is the croissant??? Did you eat it before you finished sketching the coffee press? Great collecion of work!

RainySea
11-20-2010, 05:13 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:
hope you enjoyed them, Chris.

seejay
11-20-2010, 06:03 PM
Thanks everyone.

Maybe I could pretend I was exploring the metaphysical aspects of life with my sketchbook, the abstract nature of what does and does not exist, trying to reveal the invisible in the visible, engaging the viewer in a multidimensional, multilayered interaction of photons, pigments, and imagination, etc, but the truth is I can't sketch on an empty tummy, and the title merely states what I had for breakfast! :D

Now I'm off for this morning's coffee, then today's sketch...hopefully back later.

Cheers

seejay
11-20-2010, 08:02 PM
Day 21 - figurine off my wife's shelf of thingies.... 0.9mm clutch pencil HB ... 20-30 minutes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2010/6409-21nov2010.resized.jpg

For comparison, here is a sketch of the same object from earlier in the sketchbook, 5 minutes, pen, done Nov 2008. (For a fair comparison I should do a 5 minute sketch now as well I suppose.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2010/6409-2nov2008.resized.jpg

I have old drawings I didn't put a date on and I regret that. I find it interesting and reassuring to look back and see how I have changed/improved, good if any self-doubt creeps in...:D

Cheers

Chuckcamo
11-21-2010, 12:49 AM
I can see the comparison difference in lines and shading, your new sketch looks more polished... great job:)

DrDebby
11-21-2010, 04:43 AM
Great comparison between the figurine sketches.

Glad you enjoyed your croissants.

Dougwas
11-21-2010, 03:55 PM
That coffee and croissant sketch looks great and it gave me a chuckle too. I am making it a point to date my art work now, because it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you can see how far you have come. Your last sketch shows how far you have come. Even though your old sketch looks fine, your latest looks fantastic. Way to go.

Doug

RainySea
11-21-2010, 06:27 PM
Neat comparison sketches. . . I don't date my work, but I did this year start putting a month/year date started and ended on my sketchbooks. I guess I should do on other stuff. Good idea.

I can definitely see that your new sketch if more refined, btw, esp. the face.

seejay
11-21-2010, 07:35 PM
Thanks again everyone, you are helping me complete this challenge.

Day 22 - semi-blind (a little bit of peeking to start on new contours) contours, elephant figurine, pen, with a little bit of doodling fun...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2010/6409-22nov2010.resized.jpg

virgo68
11-21-2010, 07:45 PM
WOW, I love the (semi)blind contour drawings! Your line work is really interesting - and I like the background patterns too - plays off nice against the simpler line drawings.

Your coffee plunger is interesting too - how do you like the Pitt pens - I have some but find them too heavy and need to refine my technique with them I think lol!

seejay
11-21-2010, 09:12 PM
Thanks Jackie.

Contour drawings - sometimes they can turn out interesting. I find them relaxing to do if in the right mood, so mainly do them for that reason. The background patterns are the same, just get into a rhythm and zone out!:D

Pitt pens - I haven't used them enough to really know what they can do, but I'm not a big fan of them, I've had some that seem to dry out very quickly.

JTMB
11-21-2010, 09:21 PM
Another nice group of sketches, Chris! The elephant page is particularly nice.

DrDebby
11-21-2010, 10:30 PM
The elephants in different posses and the doodled background are really cool.

RainySea
11-22-2010, 12:09 AM
Great countour drawings. . . wow. And love the added doodles.

vhere
11-22-2010, 01:25 PM
this one certainly worked well :)

seejay
11-22-2010, 06:23 PM
Seems the elephants were a bit of a winner, thanks.

Day 23 - a mixed bag, wannabe montage page, pen, some things in my art room plus doodles. There is my homemade easel set up for a mastercopy exercise, on the right is the female companion figure to the one I did a few days ago (hopefully before the end of the month I will squeeze her in properly).

When I do these types of pages I just add stuff trying to make an interesting page. Sometimes they work - this one is not so successful - although I do like the left hand side.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2010/6409-23nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

RainySea
11-22-2010, 06:52 PM
Very cool page. . . and I love the slogan. I need to tattoo that to my head! I way to often let fear get in the way. Really like how you put all this together and was not afraid to draw one thing over another even.

Are those bubbles coming up from the bottom? :)

JTMB
11-22-2010, 07:03 PM
A very fun page!

seejay
11-22-2010, 07:16 PM
Rainy - you can have that slogan for free (I'm no great thinker - I usually have music playing, and if some line in a song grabs me I'll write it down!:D This one seemed appropriate today, Sade?) Yes, those are doodle bubbles, although I wish I had a real bubble machine, that would be fun!

John - thanks, I enjoyed it.

Cheers

virgo68
11-22-2010, 09:00 PM
Great! I really like studying pages like this - it seems like the more you look the more you find - little bits here and there that don't jump out immediately. Like it too, when people add thoughts or quotes - it really is the freedom to doodle and put whatever you feel in a sketchbook or journal that makes it fun (not only for the artist but the viewer too). :)

DrDebby
11-22-2010, 10:38 PM
Very cool page. Lots of interesting things to see.

seejay
11-22-2010, 11:09 PM
Thanks Jackie and Debby. Adding other bits makes it more journally, maybe, rather than just a sketchbook - I do have a series of smaller (A5) sketchbooks which are more journal style, recording little sketches, ideas, arty things, shallow thoughts, goals etc. I'm up to book #9, been doing those for a while. Maybe I can post some of it sometime, if it ever gets interesting.

Sometimes I add stuff from my imagination to my pages; a few years ago I was going thru some health issues, I have a few dark and personal pages from then, probably just for my eyes only!:D Quite cathartic at the time.

Cheers

Chuckcamo
11-23-2010, 01:41 AM
very nice work... like the elephants lines!!! that last sketch has a little bit of everything... you made it interesting to look at...:)

vhere
11-23-2010, 05:14 PM
I like this page :)

seejay
11-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Thanks Chuck and Vivien.:o

Day 24 - took my sketchbook with me to the swamp, short piece of sanguine crayon, part of the bikeway/walkway...I"ll have to go back and practice the perspective of those curves.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2010/6409-24nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

DrDebby
11-23-2010, 08:59 PM
Lots of texture going on here. I like it.

seejay
11-24-2010, 05:01 PM
Thanks Debby.

seejay
11-24-2010, 06:15 PM
Day 25 - because I signed on for this challenge I'll post today's sketch! :eek:

Graphite stick and stump...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2010/6409-25nov2010.resized.jpg

virgo68
11-24-2010, 07:40 PM
Chris, the cool thing about a sketchbook is that you only have to show what you want to, making them a perfect tool for venting! Whether in images, text or both you can work through lots of "thinking" in a sketchbook and share it with others, or not. It is all up to you.

I like the last two sketches - very different from each other. Sanguine is such a nice colour don't you think?! The second one is so soft but you have the harder lines in the background - nice combination!

JTMB
11-24-2010, 10:15 PM
These sketches are just fine, glad you posted them. Although I'm not exactly clear on what breed the dog is...:wink2: .

Chuckcamo
11-25-2010, 12:01 AM
nice sketches, interesting view of things you see.:thumbsup:

DrDebby
11-25-2010, 12:47 AM
That's a great sketch of the dog.

seejay
11-25-2010, 06:34 PM
Thanks once again everyone.

Jackie, sanguine is nice - I have a couple of old art books where the authors caution against the use of it because it can make a drawing look better than it really is, and I think I agree somewhat. It is a great colour tho'.

Just borrowed a DVD from the local library ('Palin on Art'), and watched it this morning - about a Danish artist called Wilhelm Hammershoi who painted a lot of interiors, very sparse rooms with doors and windows featuring a lot; very restrained colours. It inspired me to draw the hallway view to the front door of our house. I had to leave out a lot of cr... um, clutter to make it look sparse enough.:D

Day 26 - interior view, Inktense and other watercolour pencils plus waterbrush.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2010/6409-26nov2010.resized.jpg

cheers

RainySea
11-26-2010, 01:51 AM
Hello Chris. . . the dog is adorable. Great shading.
Love the interior view. . . the loseness of the pen lines, the colors your chose cool and warm) and the saying at the bottom. . . it just is one of those that too me is so cool. Nice perspective too

Elain
11-26-2010, 03:44 AM
Love the sanguine sketch how with minimum lines you have captured the feel of the boardwalk and the lovely trees.
Cute dog and interesting interior. There's a lot in there .

WYSIWYG
11-26-2010, 11:24 AM
Ah, sanguine crayon! Is *that* what it is! I have a sketch we inherited done in it and have liked it for years without knowing what it was. It must be that though!

I think the doggie is cute, it's a little spuds makenzie stuffie and he looks quite squishably soft. :) I think the interior is my favorite though, the colours, mood, shapes and linework just work together very well. :)

DrDebby
11-26-2010, 08:46 PM
The interior sketch is just great. Such wonderful use of line.

seejay
11-26-2010, 10:03 PM
Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed doing the interior; line is more natural for me, but I am slowly trying to work in mass/tonal stuff as well. Forgot to mention the use of pen in that one, but Rainy picked it up!:D

Day 27 - trying one of those mass drawings I just mentioned, white and raw umber oil paint (although the umber is a mix of three pigments, probably not the real thing). This is a can (painted white for this type of study), and an echidna skull I found beside a road a while back (at least that's what I think it is). Very rough, but hard to paint into my book. I'm down to my last three sheets so should finish the book this month, yay!!!

Blurry picture taken with camera since I don't want to clean paint off my scanner. A sharper pic wouldn't look any better anyway, no details.:rolleyes:

Cheers

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2010/6409-img_0654_up.jpg

RainySea
11-27-2010, 12:38 AM
nice shading/modeling on that can!

Chuckcamo
11-27-2010, 01:01 AM
like the interior view looseness.. very nice shading in the last image too.:thumbsup:

JTMB
11-27-2010, 03:19 AM
I really like the interior scene...the perspective looks great!

vhere
11-27-2010, 08:37 PM
the interior is really good

seejay
11-27-2010, 10:15 PM
Thanks again for your comments. :thumbsup: Just about the end of the month and the end of this sketchbook...

Day 28 - cheap marker pen and waterbrush... not quite an interior, not quite a still life...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2010/6409-28nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

DrDebby
11-27-2010, 11:00 PM
The can is shaded very well.

The bookshelf is remarkable, all the little things on the shelf. The first thing I did tho' was look for titles on the books. :o:lol:

seejay
11-28-2010, 12:53 AM
The bookshelf is remarkable, all the little things on the shelf. The first thing I did tho' was look for titles on the books. :o:lol:

:cat: Thanks Debby - I'm usually pretty light-on with details, definitely no titles (mainly cookbooks) - glad you like it, this one and the interior are probably my favourites for the month.

Cheers

RainySea
11-28-2010, 01:44 AM
excellent bookshelf. . . so much to look at. I think my fav parts of it are the lace topper and the picture in the frame as you suggested those both so well. Really enjoying each of your pages.

seejay
11-28-2010, 04:12 AM
Thanks Rainy, I'm glad you could see the lace, nice to know I captured something about it.

Cheers

seejay
11-28-2010, 06:06 PM
Day 29 - dip pen and sepia ink, red ink, and a touch of oil pastels... some flowers, leaves and gum nuts off a tree in my yard. Here is a link for more info about this tree (http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/discovernature/plantcairns/JCUDEV_005971). The flowers on these trees can vary from a dark red to light pink, my tree is in the light end.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2010/6409-29nov2010.resized.jpg

One day to go...:clap:

Cheers

DrDebby
11-28-2010, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the info about the tree. Having never been to Australia, I have never seen anything like it. Your simple drawing does it justice.

JTMB
11-28-2010, 06:45 PM
Great botanical sketch! Thanks for the link on the tree species.

virgo68
11-28-2010, 10:18 PM
Chris, verrrry nice sketches! I like the bookshelf but the botanical is just my thing. The touch of colour alongside the black and white is an excellent idea - love it ;)

Chuckcamo
11-29-2010, 12:10 AM
like your style on the bookshelf and flower sketch.:thumbsup:

seejay
11-29-2010, 06:01 PM
Thanks once more for your comments.:thumbsup:

And now the end is near, I did something silly I think - I just tried to use wc on my last sketch, not a good idea for this paper. I'm waiting for the page to dry to see what I can salvage!:D

Cheers

RainySea
11-29-2010, 06:34 PM
:lol::lol: I've been doing that the last few weeks in my proart sketch too! I bet it comes out better than you think. Eager to see.

Love the flowers with the ink and OP. Great combo!

seejay
11-29-2010, 07:07 PM
Thanks Rainy. I just let it dry, and touched up with black and white prismacolor pencils, left the wet stuff alone because the paper was feeling furry!:D

Here is the last one....tadah!:music:

Day 30 - the companion to the day 21 figurine....graphite pencil, wc, prismacolors

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2010/6409-30nov2010.resized.jpg

Cheers

RainySea
11-29-2010, 07:24 PM
Nicely done :clap:

And can't tell about the paper from this post, looks fine to me.

virgo68
11-29-2010, 07:27 PM
YAY! Congratulations on meeting the challenge! I like the subtle colours on the last one - you've achieved quite a "sculptural" feel - it looks solid and well modelled ;)

seejay
11-29-2010, 07:39 PM
Thanks Rainy and Jackie. Looking at it again the head may be a bit small +/- legs about bit large, but overall I'm happy.

I can now pack this book away and find another one that needs finishing off. Yay!

DrDebby
11-29-2010, 10:28 PM
Congrats on your finish!

The water color doesn't look like it messed up the paper badly. Well done on the sketch.

seejay
11-30-2010, 12:30 AM
Thanks Debby.

And thanks to everyone who shared the month with me!:clap:

Cheers

JTMB
11-30-2010, 02:05 AM
Nice pages to end the month with, Chris! I've enjoyed following the sketchbook. :clap:

Elain
11-30-2010, 03:48 AM
Adore those gum flowers. We have a tree in our front lawn that has never grown much. The pale pink flowers are very hard to notice.
Great finish to an interesting month's sketches.

seejay
11-30-2010, 04:10 AM
Thanks John.:thumbsup:

Elain, thank you too - I think those gum trees like the tropics / subtropics, not sure what your climate is like.

Cheers everyone

lovin art
11-30-2010, 07:11 AM
Hia Chris , I sussed you out here:D , Nice draws ,!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

seejay
11-30-2010, 07:28 AM
Hi Sandra, I've been hiding here...one day I'll have something to share in figures!:cat:

Might see you Thursday at life drawing, at least you have been doing some practice.

lovin art
11-30-2010, 08:08 AM
Hi Sandra, I've been hiding here...one day I'll have something to share in figures!:cat:

Might see you Thursday at life drawing, at least you have been doing some practice.


Hia, yEAH Im drawing up a storm of late:D So have you by the look of this thread:) ....Yeeah Im there, loved it and wish it wasnt the last, .~ spot you there if you go ......:angel:

Chuckcamo
12-01-2010, 01:03 AM
Great way to end your monthly challenge with the figurine, it has been great to follow along with your work. :) Awesome Job!

Joan T
12-01-2010, 01:04 PM
Great job on this month's journal. I really like the last few sketches, especially that one of the interior!

seejay
12-01-2010, 08:44 PM
Chuck and Joan, thank you for your support / comments.

Now, what to do next....???