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11-30-2010, 09:04 PM
I've never posted any of my fledgling art works before.....I've just enjoyed and learned from others here and on other sites. So I've decided to take the plunge. I work mostly with watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil (Inktense & Graphitint). I've recently retired at 64 and have thought about creating some journals that my children and grandchildren might be interested in as keepsakes...plus it looks like something I might enjoy. Never made a journal before....checked out several "how-to" web pages and decided to give it a try. I scrounged up some old books and decided to remove the pages and recover the binding. I bought some material and gave it a try. My pages measure 8 1/4X10 1/4. They are put into the book so that I can do half page sketches or a full page. I included 10 full 140# w/c pages, 8 pages of paper for Copic Marker & 8 pages for pencil sketches...or ink only. Also, the pages can be removed in case I screw up something....really bad! (;-)) I've thrown all modesty to the wind with the first page....me sitting on a bench and sketching...I never could get the face closer to real but.... Anyway, any comments are welcome.
11-30-2010, 09:16 PM
Congrats for coming out of lurkdom and posting your work. Welcome to Art Journal forum.
The picture you posted doesn't look like a person sketching on the beach. If the picture is your artwork, I have to say, you have an amazing ability. The animals looks so lifelike.
11-30-2010, 09:33 PM
Welcome to the forum! It is quite a supportive bunch here and we like to see everything from rough sketches and thumbnail ideas to finished works in all manner of media and sketchbooks :lol:
I am sure you will enjoy getting into regular sketching and journal entries, look forward to seeing what you come up with ;)
11-30-2010, 09:34 PM
Hello and welcome!!! I am so eager to see your journal as it sounds very cool the way you've created it with the different papers. Creative even before you draw in it, I'd say. Love the cover. Is it collage or did you draw it?
11-30-2010, 09:39 PM
.....sorry for the delay.....wife called me for dinner...I do have my priorities:lol:
This picture is of the sketch book opened up ...from the outside.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2010/152234-2010-Nov-001.jpg
11-30-2010, 09:41 PM
Now for the inside:
11-30-2010, 09:48 PM
...and so on: These are all pen & Ink, watercolor and some Inktense/Graphitint
11-30-2010, 09:58 PM
....Sorry....the picture didn't post on last entry...:rolleyes:
11-30-2010, 10:00 PM
11-30-2010, 10:03 PM
...these are the ones I used ink, watercolor & Inktense/Graphtint on:
11-30-2010, 10:07 PM
...last one for now:clap:
...this is a decorative Christmas setup my wife has done for Christmas...I thought I would do a painting of it that would expand across both sides of the page....I will start painting on it tonight. Thanks for any coments...especially those that would help me improve.
11-30-2010, 10:23 PM
Wow! I like what you've done - it looks fantastic! You have quite a definite illustrative feel to the work you've shown so far and the colours are really great. Looking forward to seeing more :)
11-30-2010, 10:25 PM
Thank you all for responding so quickly and your encouraging comments.
Rainey.....the first 2 photo posts are of the outside cover...1st pix closed book, 2nd pic...opened up. The cover was material I bought at Wal-Mart.
12-01-2010, 12:21 AM
Awesome drawing/paintings. Very illustrative. I really like how you are working the pen and water color.
12-01-2010, 12:44 AM
Very nice work, will be great to follow along with your projects. :)
12-01-2010, 01:15 AM
Lovely work, thanks for sharing. It's very brave of you (though everyone I've encountered here is lovely), I've yet to post a picture.
12-01-2010, 10:36 AM
Beauties! I like the brilliant colors and your overall style. I'll be back often to admire!
12-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Ed, these are fabulous! I've just now gotten interested in doing my own journals too and did the first one for my son's Christmas gift this year. Your work is really wonderful and what a great thing to leave for your family.
Keep up the great work and keep on sharing with us!
Welcome, Ed and glad you joined in! Your work in the journal is excellent. I'm primarily a landscape and nature person, so enjoyed your cover a lot - especially the egret. (I'm generally thought of as the 'bird nerd' here, for good reason...!) I retired about 2 1/2 years ago and have made art my retirement 'career', which I'm enjoying immensely, as I'm sure you have and will also.
12-01-2010, 12:52 PM
Welcome! Your journal is off to a great start. I see you favor most of the same materials as I do. That's a wonderful sp of yourself in action! Fabulous job o the textures on the sketch with the lantern on the wall and the pot. Great job on the walker and the barn...nicely textured. Can't wait to see more of your work.
12-01-2010, 03:15 PM
Really nice paintings/drawings! I think the drawing of yourself sketching is my most favorite. Thanks for sharing.
12-02-2010, 12:32 AM
Great book, Ed, it is looking special already, and you seem to be enjoying it.
A good idea re-using an existing bookcover, I've done a couple of times.
Your pages are colourful, really nice little drawings / paintings as far as I can see.
12-02-2010, 01:54 AM
12-02-2010, 07:46 PM
Thank you all for looking....and very kind comments....it is fun to do and I like looking at what other people do in their books.
12-02-2010, 07:57 PM
Welcome! You've got a gorgeous style, I hope we see a LOT more of your work here!
12-02-2010, 09:47 PM
Geez, another great watermedia journal. Amazing stuff you're doing there.
12-08-2010, 05:10 PM
Well..........I finally got around to finishing my 1st full page journal spread. I used Derwent's Ink Tense & Graphitint w/c pencils to paint over my Pigma sepia line drawing.....then I sprayed with UV spray. The subjects are figurines of "The Three Wise Men" that my wife has set up for Christmas decoration. Just as a side note....the line drawing was done by using my LucidArt Camera Lucida....does anyone else use one of these. PS....I'm slowly working on my freehand sketches also ;-} Ed
12-08-2010, 06:07 PM
I don't know anything about the LucidArt Camera Lucida - what is it? :lol:
I do know that I love the work in this sketchbook, the colours of the 3 wise men is stunning! I keep meaning to try a composition that uses the double spread but haven't got round to it yet....
12-08-2010, 07:58 PM
Jackie, Thank you for looking and being inspirational with your comments.
Here is a link about the LucidArt Camera. Les is the inventor and a real nice guy.
12-08-2010, 10:23 PM
Ed, this journal is fantastic. I love the cover design, that's fantastic in both composition and choice of elements. The cougar and heron immediately grabbed me, the whole cover folded out still works just as perfectly as a painting that's also a montage or collage.
Great self portrait of your sketching and very cool opener. Beautiful paintings of mostly Christmas themes - this is definitely a keepsake already. You're doing something awesome here.
12-08-2010, 11:01 PM
Robert....thanks for the encouraging posts. Do realize that the cover of my journal is only fabric....with the scenes already a part of the print....I only wish I could paint like that........but I did like what it was...... for a sketchbook cover.
12-09-2010, 01:06 AM
The wisemen decoration still life is marvelous. And as far as the tools you use, whatever works.
Nice job on the wise men, Ed. I checked out the link and it is a camera obscura. Camera obscuras go back hundreds of years - interesting that it has been updated to today, but the concept is exactly the same.
12-09-2010, 04:11 AM
great 3 Wisemen - lovely colours.
12-13-2010, 02:47 PM
Ed, thanks for the Lucida camera link. Wow!!!!!!! Great!
12-13-2010, 05:56 PM
I've never heard of that device. . . it looks like it would be rather cool to try but would not seem to work well for objects that don't be still like animals :(
12-15-2010, 12:49 AM
Rainey, It's definitely only for drawing stationary things and scenes. I don't use it alot....but it is fun to use sometimes.
12-19-2010, 11:41 PM
We have some rose bushes in our flower bed that produce small pink roses and I think these were some of the last we may see until next spring. The roses start so pretty and perfect...but as they age...they don't necessarily look like roses but my wife and I have enjoyed them for years. I did and ink outline and used Derwent Inktense pencils to paint them.
Wow, wonderfully nice and colorful drawing!
12-20-2010, 01:26 PM
Love these most recent two images :) :) :)
12-21-2010, 03:52 AM
12-21-2010, 09:31 AM
very beautiful roses, love the pen work and the inktense too
12-22-2010, 08:07 PM
wonderful work and I love those roses.
12-24-2010, 02:27 PM
I'm so glad to find this journal page........it is so inspiring and educational to see all that is displayed here. Here is wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. My wife has the place looking like an extension of Santa's workshop...this is our favorite time of year. I'm posting another page in my journal...the one with the sled shows my twin grandsons in the front and a cousin on the back. Unfortunately, my grandson with the red shirt didn't fair too well in the drawing process...but the other two are at least recognizable to family. This was shot a couple weekends back where we shared a family Christmas in Louisiana some of the family at large....hence the lack of snow:lol: The other page...I did last night as my wife and I watched tv....the packages and tree were across the room...and I thought I would give it a try.
12-24-2010, 03:57 PM
Wonderful journal Ed, so glad you decided to share it. You have a distinctive illustrative style, it's to difficult to pic a fave. The covers super, and I love the pink roses. Shall be back from time to time to see what other treasures you sketch...
12-24-2010, 06:08 PM
Delightful drawings, both of them.
12-25-2010, 08:15 PM
good stuff! I like the one over the printed page!
Really like the last two drawings you did. The one done over the printed page reminded me of a demo given by an artist sponsored by Faber-Castell. His journals were old (and I mean like 50 or 60 years old) accounting ledger journals over which he did sketches in Pitt pens and various other media. It was a very cool look.
12-26-2010, 11:58 PM
Debbie, Jackie and John......thanks for looking and the nice comments. John, I'm trying to do more and more of my sketching ...freehand...as you can tell from the 2 sketches drawn over a printed page. I wish I could remember where I read...recently, where a more experienced artist suggested to newcomers (that are afraid they will screw up their journal with a bad painting)...to get and old book and draw on the pages....it takes the "intimidation" of the blank page away...and he or she was right...I'm so glad I read that. I've read enough books and posts ....and now am a believer...that with practice....anyone can draw...and I know practice will improve any endeavor. Here is another sketch I did tonight....the little bear had been bumped around by my 4 yr old twin grandsons....and I thought it made the little bear look as if he was climbing on for a ride.:lol:
12-27-2010, 06:01 PM
Adorable. It does indeed look like teddy is getting on to ride. Could make a whole children's story around that. Yup, practice is what makes a better artist.
12-27-2010, 09:33 PM
Adorable bear. It really stands out from the page.
12-30-2010, 09:16 PM
Just popped back in, all of your sketches are great, I'm quite taken with the 3 wise men.
The bike-riding bear is great! Nice contrast with the formal feel of the 'underpage'.
01-01-2011, 12:52 AM
Great pages, Ed. :clap:
Are you just gluing in the old pages? I have used old hardcover books for sketchbooks/journals previously, a good use for old books heading for landfill. It is amazing how well sketches/drawings show up on the text.
01-01-2011, 02:39 AM
Margo, John & Chris....thanks for commenting. Chris....yes I just glued those 2 pages into my journal. Wishing you all the best of 2011 !! Ed
01-01-2011, 03:34 AM
lovely work Ed, and I hope we see some more of these on the printed pages - it is such a neat look :)
01-03-2011, 05:48 PM
I came across a photo that I had taken last spring of this mama robin. My wife and I discovered that she had built a nest between the gutter downspout and the eve of our home. By the time we had noticed it....she had 3 blue little eggs in it. We got to watch day by day as they hatched....mama would come feed 'em. Unfortunately, one day we went outside to find the nest destroyed...the babies had become a meal for something else.. we were really sad.....but we consoled ourselves with ...it was just nature. But we have the rewarding pictures to remember the good part. I'm going to try to post the painting of mama...and a second photo of her family.....hope it works...
01-03-2011, 06:16 PM
Great painting. Very illustrative.
Sad about the babies. Had that happen more than once around here.
01-03-2011, 11:28 PM
Great sketches in your Journal. Sad about the baby birds in the nest. I love the caption on the baby bird photo. Can't wait to see more.
01-04-2011, 12:11 AM
Wow, those are some fantastic sketches!
01-05-2011, 06:47 AM
Sad story about the baby birds but a lovely photo and great art opportunity. Look forward to seeing what you come up withe next ;)
01-09-2011, 10:31 AM
I love your journal and what you've done so far. You are so creative. You definitely have a dinstinctive style. I'll stay posted for your future works. Great work. BTW, tell me more about the Inktense you're working with. I know nothing about them.
I also love your introduction so we can get to know you better. You know, I just started painting with a cousin 3 years ago who started me out on watercolors. I've fallen in love. It makes me sad to think of all the years I could have been painting. I was busy raising two boys and working and guess I didn't have the time. Oh well, I have plenty of time now.
01-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Oh, that is so sad. . . those babies were precious. Beautiful drawing of her and hope she went on to have a healthy brood.
01-18-2011, 02:30 AM
Well....my friends..........my life in the art world....has been altered! I discovered Zentangle two days ago! :rolleyes: I first read about it on one of the Wet Canvas forums.......I think I have spent more time searching the net for more info and trying my hand at it....than I have slept! It is so unique...and I can see so many things I might do with it...especially in connection with some of my photo art. It's so frustraiting (can spell that)...I haven't found anyone locally that knows what I'm talking about. I've located an instructor in Ft Worth that holds regular classes...I may try to go to one in Feb. Anyway...here are some of my first attempts....the one with the peacock(one of my photos) in it...isn't complete yet...hadn't decided just how to finish it up. Anyone that has any pointers....I'm all ears. Ed
01-18-2011, 10:26 PM
I don't think you need instructions at all. Wonderful what you are doing. I really like the peacock.
01-19-2011, 12:36 PM
Ed - I don't know how I've missed coming back to your journal for so long. It is such a treat to see your work. Great job on the wisemen and the other Christmas themed sketches. I like the idea of drawing over the text. It gives the sketches added diminsion. Beautiful job on the mama robin. Looks like you're really into the zentangles...just love the last one.
These are excellent, Ed! Glad that you've found a passion in zentangles...which I know nothing about. I do understand finding a style or subject that just simply fits - for me it's obviously birds. :)
01-19-2011, 09:59 PM
I really like the robin image, some great shapes in it, who needs zentangles?:D
Anyone that has any pointers....I'm all ears.
How to finish? That may depend if you want the peacock to stand out (obvious) or blend in (mysterious/half-hidden). Would fairly neutral colours in the background make the bird stand out, would some of the bright colours (as in the bird itself) make it hidden. I've never done anything like that, so I'm not sure. Looking forward to what you end up doing, it looks great so far.
PS - the zentangles look like fun, keep on playing!
01-19-2011, 10:31 PM
John, Joan T.,Debby & Chris.....thank you all for commenting....I've got to finish my peacock...which I like alot....I think...I'm concerned about messing it up!! ....But I am going t try!
01-19-2011, 10:58 PM
I've never heard of zentangles, but your drawings are fascinating!!
01-19-2011, 11:43 PM
way cool, Chris. . . I started zentangles a few weeks ago. They are fun, huh!? but between them and the computer, now my wrist is sore :(
01-20-2011, 01:02 PM
Mrs G...thanks for commenting...went to your website....the pet portraits are beautiful. If Zentangles look interesting...go to Flickr and search that word and you will see some truly beautiful renderings.
Rainey...thanks for commenting....glad to hear you like doing the tangles too....between reading and learning about them....trying my hand at it and waiting for an instruction book to arrive on Saturday....this has been a fun week!
01-20-2011, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Ed. And for the Flickr suggestion! Some amazing stuff out there, isn't there?
01-21-2011, 12:56 AM
This is my 1st attempt including a something from a photo (vase) and tangleing the rest of it. It was fun and I guess the result is ok for my tangling level...there is hope and ROOM for improvement.:crossfingers:
01-21-2011, 09:46 PM
Way cool vase. Like your tangling.
01-22-2011, 12:28 AM
Your artwork is great. I know nothing of zentanges either. Guess I will have to investgate. Bonnie
01-23-2011, 08:58 PM
Oh, wow. . . that is a great one. I love the color. I've not yet tried adding color to them. I think its SUPER cool. Love it.
what pen do you use? I had been using a Mircon Pen 01 but it ran out of ink and so right now, until my Blick order comes, I am using a Prismacolor pen 03.
01-23-2011, 09:18 PM
Rainy.....thanks for the nice comment. I really do enjoy doing them. I bought a set of Micron Sepia pens....it has: brush pen, 1, 03, 01. I use the o1 the most and fill in with the others. Happy journal tangling!
01-24-2011, 07:12 PM
Well, I finally got to finish my Peacock tangle. If you happened to have read my first post about the peacock...you might remember that I was left wondering how to finish it up.....I really liked the peacock...I didn't want to mess it up....I had in mind adding some subtle color that would give it soft unique appeal........WELL........I don't what happened....I started using my watercolors..and I think I became...like the mad scientist!!! I lost all control...when I finished....slumped back into my chair.....looking over the finished painting......I thought.......that ought to be "Subtle" enough...
...Anyway...it is what it is...and I'm moving forward! :eek:
01-25-2011, 01:45 AM
Really great! Subtle not needed here!
01-25-2011, 01:56 AM
This is a great piece! The colors and textures really work well together.
Peacocks are not subtle creatures. Have you ever heard their call? You'd swear someone was calling "help!"
Wow, the peacock is fantastic! :clap:
01-28-2011, 07:49 PM
Thanks Candace, Debby & John.....I appreciate you taking a look and commenting.
As I continue to tangle in my journal...???...that doesn't sound just right...Hmmm? Any way, here is the last one I did. If you look close in the upper left hand quadrant....there are some participants that quietly tip toed in...uninvited....I might add....I was just scribbling and paintin' away...then there they were????
01-28-2011, 08:21 PM
Very cool tangles, Ed! Love that you are adding watercolor. . . I might try that one time. . . mostly I do mine at work on break and lunch so its easy to just use a pen but I love you colorful ones. The peacock one is especially nice!
01-28-2011, 09:55 PM
Very cool. I love the uninvited guests. :wink2:
01-29-2011, 10:14 PM
Wow! I have been away on vacation and missed so much!
I laughed as I read back through your posts - I felt the same when I discovered the zentangle patterns - I love them. I copied all my favourites into a sketchbook with the plan to do some doodling of my own but other stuff has got in my way ;) I really like how you've added the colours to the designs.
Your zentangles are fabulous - they remind me of cloisonne (spelling?) or mosaics on paper! Your colours are jewel like and your designs are so interesting. More please Ed!
01-30-2011, 04:58 PM
I am enjoying the different way you try zentangles from the "basic" ones I have seen- the color, but especially the unusual, assymetrical frame you draw. A most interesting effect. ...I used to think what I did was uncreative doodles while on the phone. Now it has a name, zentangles, and I am into them and no longer ashamed of my Doodles!! :lol:
Wow, what a great piece the vase is...!
02-01-2011, 09:00 PM
Ed, what's going on???:) Quite a change from the start of your journal I think, I really get lost in the last one, very nice Thanks for sharing.
02-01-2011, 09:31 PM
Chris....I've gotten all "Tangled" up since I started this journal:lol: I'm probably one of the few men in the world that got bit by this new tangle craze....but when I first saw one...it really drew me into it. I haven't been the same since! I appreciate all the wonderful comments you nice folks have responded with. This one that is attached to this post......I hafta admit.....I'm pleased with it. This is from a photo I took of my granddaughter a couple years back....she is such a sweetie! I hope she likes it....she's such a girly girl....soooo??
02-01-2011, 09:59 PM
Very interesting juxtaposition with a portrait and the tangles. Hope your granddaughter likes it as well.
02-02-2011, 06:12 AM
That's neat Ed, are you going to add any more colour? Are you using the inktense with these or watercolour?
02-02-2011, 11:13 AM
Debby & Jackie, Thanks for looking and commenting. I used watercolor on this one. I don't plan to add any additional color on this...part because...I don't want to do something to mess it up...and...I've seen some folks tangle art recently...where just a tad of color was used...and I liked that. What I might do is this...I photographed this piece and printed it on water color paper..and I could experiment with that piece and try out some color. I sure you know from experience...sometimes it's hard to know when to stop. Anyway, have a wonderful day!
02-02-2011, 11:16 AM
That is BEAUTIFUL. . . what pen did you use on that one? Is it a black pen. . . parts of it look sorta sepia or maybe that is just a color wash. I love how you added just a touch of bright color with the butterfly. I bet she loves it :thumbsup:
02-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Thank u Rainey. I used Sakura sepia pens 01, 03, 01.
02-02-2011, 04:46 PM
I love the tangles!!!! You may have started a new trend!!
02-02-2011, 07:32 PM
Good idea to print some copies out to try out on ;)
I know what you mean about knowing when to stop :lol: That's another reason to take some copies to experiment on.
Let us know what she thinks of it!
02-02-2011, 09:08 PM
Fantastic! Keep it up! Great idea you shared about copies to experiment on before going oops on an original. Hey how about making several copies, coloring each differently and framing them together? Very Andy Warhol for the 21st Century. haha.
02-02-2011, 09:40 PM
Candace & all thanks again......that would be uniqe idea about coloring several copies differently & framing all together.
02-03-2011, 12:36 AM
I'm guessing your granddaughter will like it very much, there is a nice balance between portrait and pattern. I like it too.
02-05-2011, 02:48 AM
Another page into my journal. I found that I could create some line drawings in Photoshop 7 using the pen tool....and then print one of them out on watercolor paper...then do my sketching-tangles in and around those designs...just thought it might be a point of interest.
02-05-2011, 03:57 AM
Very nice, you are getting very creative now.
02-05-2011, 03:59 AM
Chris hit the nail on the head! Very creative and clever idea with the photoshop line drawing ;)
02-05-2011, 11:41 AM
Ed you have found a super niche for yourself. :clap: I had not seen this kind of 'tangle with something real mixed with pattern, like your fruit bowl, face, fish, etc. These are really super and would make excellent art gifts, notecards, framed, whatever.... And my birthday is.....:wink2:
02-05-2011, 11:51 AM
I just love this last one!!!
02-05-2011, 12:30 PM
Chris, Jackie, Candace & Joan....thank ya'll for your comments...much appreciated! Chris & Jackie....I think I saw that ya'll (Texas for "you all") live in Australia......the" Weather Channel" has been showing really bad weather there...I'm hoping that all is well with you and your families. Ed
02-05-2011, 07:45 PM
Very clever to use the line drawing feature in Photoshop. I like that some of the tangle has color and some doesn't. Very cool.
02-05-2011, 10:12 PM
:lol: at Candace - I was thinking the same thing....!
Thanks for your concern Ed, I live in South Australia and we are well out of harms way. It has just been very hot where I am but safe from cyclones, floods, torrential rain....... for now ;) We all used to think we were immune from this stuff but having watched what Queensland has gone through we are not taking anything for granted anymore!
02-05-2011, 10:50 PM
very beautiful. . . what are you using for the colors in the last one?
02-06-2011, 02:35 PM
Very good Robin! The last time a bird built a nest in our drain gutter when the babies flew the cat caught every last one of them. It was heartbreaking so I put a piece of mesh there so I didn't have to see that again. I wish I'd have painted it, just couldn't see it.
02-07-2011, 03:29 AM
Another piece (5x7) into the journal. This was from a photo of two bluejays on a limb...one is upside down to get at the berries better. Tangel..ish with ink and Copic marker.
02-07-2011, 09:17 AM
nice tangle, Ed. . . great color and love the shading
02-07-2011, 09:25 PM
Love it Ed, they keep getting better! I really like the jewel-like colours ;)
02-07-2011, 09:33 PM
Your art has really taken off with these tangles. Very cool.
02-08-2011, 12:26 PM
Love the color and shapes in these!
02-11-2011, 12:14 AM
Thank you all.....again for lookin' and commentin'. This is my latest journal piece....it's 5x7 on w/c paper...used ink and Copic markers. It took me several hours...pursuing my normal work method....10% plannin'' and 90% fixin! But it is what it is.....but I am thinking I should plan ...a little more!
02-11-2011, 03:08 PM
Hi! I am a new member but have been lurking in the corner, admiring all the beautiful work on these forums. I love your journal! It's very inspiring and I hope that someday I'll be skilled and confident enough to produce something like this! Great job. :D
02-11-2011, 04:41 PM
Thanks bookgurl for looking and commenting. Just jump in and do something....I still consider myself new here.....but this is a wonderful forum...full of some wonderfully talented artist that will encourage you every step of the way. Do it!
02-11-2011, 07:39 PM
Wild stuff you are doing. Very colorful.
02-11-2011, 08:16 PM
Wow. two more colourful and creative pages in your book, quite a visual feast.
Some of this reminds me of Patrick Woodroffe, an artist who did / does a lot of fantasy book jackets, etc.
02-11-2011, 08:35 PM
Ed, these "tangles" would make a great series in a show! Very cool concept and marvelous execution.
02-11-2011, 10:10 PM
planned or not that is way cool. . . love the color. Is that a surfboard? :) That is just great. Love it
02-12-2011, 12:12 AM
Thanks all for commenting! Rainy....surfboard??? ...that was my wife's comment when I showed her....In her imagery...that was the only thing she could identify....but actually......drum rolll....It is a time-warp hole...where things come and go ...if they know where the opening is...and hope that it might not close up... in the blink of thine eye! ....whew, I think i've been breathing to close to those Copic markers. .....whoaaa...I think it's sleepy time -[:))]---
Wow, what an amazing riot of color and pattern! Beyond my patience level to create, I think. Very well done!
02-13-2011, 10:40 PM
hehehehe - I can see the "surfboard" too! Those copic markers sound....interesting :lol:
02-14-2011, 12:02 AM
but did you also see Ed peeking out of the above-ground pool, behind the surfboard? Gotcha artlike!
02-14-2011, 01:32 PM
AAAHaaaaa.....my dear Candace.....you did see me.....But.....I saw U2!
02-25-2011, 01:33 AM
Seems like recently.....I've robbed time from my art interests to do some of the necessities around the house...a little house painting here and there....thought once about adding a few tangles on the wall for novelty...but thinking about my wife's opinon of such....i didn't:rolleyes:
Anyway, I was in Michaels and HobbyLobby the other day and they were closing out some of there sheets of pre-printed scrapbooking paper....and I thought I would buy a few and try doing my journal art on them. I think the idea has merit...but this first piece...I think I didn't make a good choice of the paper...but it was fun and a learning experience. ....for fun....the center piece that the frog is sitting on...is something from my wife's kitchen ware...when I saw it...I thought it would make a good tree outline. If anyone cares to guess what it is...post me a note.....most of you probably have one in your kitchen:wink2:
Also...any pointers about using pattern paper is appreciated.
02-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Flyswatter or dust mop? How creative you are. And GREAT idea on the scrapbooking paper! It is loud, crazy and acid free. HL always has a clearance area rack of discontinued paper, sometimes as low as 6 for $1. My first thought about selecting the pattern is pick papers a little lighter toned than your medium so you can see all the added layers. Or the total reverse: get black/white patterns and overlap with black tangles for mysterious effect. I can't tell on your upload what part of the picture was prefab! It all blends so well!
02-25-2011, 04:26 PM
Ed - Each of these is wonderful!!! I like the idea of sketching on the patterned scrapbooking paper...that came out really nice!
02-25-2011, 06:06 PM
Thanks Candace and Joan....I just enjoy it all! Candace....the part in the center section where the frog sits is: the paddle off my wife's big mixer...She had made me a lo-carb cheesecake and asked me to clean her mixer...when I had cleaned the paddle...I just happen to sit that piece down on the counter in the position u see here....and a tree was born!
02-25-2011, 08:57 PM
a lovely tangle. . . really like how you use color in them
02-25-2011, 09:28 PM
Using the patterned paper for your tangles is brilliant.
02-26-2011, 12:59 AM
Your zentangles are so interesting - I like the way you use the colours and some of the unexpected little images that are in the midst of the patterns as well as patterns on the images. The bird's beak continuing on to become the landscape is cool ;)
02-28-2011, 02:25 AM
I hope this doesn't pop up twice....I hit upload on my first try...but it didn't show up. Anyway...this is my latest entry for my journal. It's a 5x7 size on patterned paper. The paper has embossed patterns in it as well as printed patterns....some glossy, some matte. Depending on how you tilt the paper....changes the look dramatically. Perhaps a point of interest....the basic dark-ish pattern that dominates the piece is a book binding design that I found on the net from an 1800-ish book. I printed it on the patterned paper...then did my tanglish drawing on top of that...using colored inks and Copic markers. It's not my favorite piece so far...but was a fun learning experience. Any comments...always welcomed. Ed
02-28-2011, 09:55 AM
that looks fun. . . using the patterened paper is very cool and makes it looks so multimedia! I like the grapes and the patterend heart in this. And the little people at the bottom.
02-28-2011, 03:43 PM
Quite interesting and fun Ed. Kitchenaide paddle as art form! Just goes to show art is everywhere if you just look with your eyes wide open.
02-28-2011, 07:21 PM
This looks like an illuminated panel in an old book - lots of rich colour and texture ;)
02-28-2011, 07:39 PM
Your experiments are fun to watch. This one looks antique-ish. Very cool.
Your use of colors in the zentangles is really nice. The last piece immediately reminded me of a modernized zentangle version of an illuminated manuscript cover or letter page...then I saw part of it was a book design. 1800's, though, is way later than the amazing illuminated manuscripts from the monks in the British Isles. Very nice!
03-02-2011, 02:00 PM
I just love the way you combine things. I'm imagining some of these really large, hanging on a gallery wall...
03-02-2011, 09:14 PM
These would look good in a large size, like Joan said. The last one looks a bit like a stained-glass window.
03-05-2011, 06:05 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments on the last piece I posted. My newest page is a tangle version of a "sunface" that hangs on a wall on my patio...the patio version has been there for years and is a very rusted brown...but he is still smiling. I dressed him up in this rendition. This is black ink and color pen and markers. I do like this one better than the last one...but I think for my next page....I'll let the back ground stay white....maybe. Any comments and critiques are always helpful. Ed
03-05-2011, 11:10 PM
While the sun is your focus on this piece, I was taken with the chain around it.
03-06-2011, 12:04 AM
Another interesting piece, Ed. The sunface is nice and bright, the pattern on the paper you use fits in well, and I like finding all the little bits you have included.
Maybe it is just the image here, but I am finding my eye strongly attracted to the black/white pattern on the bottom left - a bit too distracting???
03-06-2011, 02:38 AM
Thank you all for looking and commenting!....Chris....I see what u mean...funny how you can work on something so intensely ...looking at the parts,,and not realize..something is not right. Thanks, I will work on toning that part down.
03-06-2011, 03:35 PM
I'm really enjoying how you are doing these on the patterened paper. Great design, love the sun and the color
03-07-2011, 01:30 PM
I like that you use a patterned ground on these, makes me think of ledger art which I'm quite fond of. But Ed please yourself it's your journal, try them on white paper or colored paper. Something very interesting is evolving here, I think and you should just go with your instincts at that moment in time.
03-07-2011, 01:54 PM
Love it!!! The sun face came out great!!!
03-08-2011, 02:11 AM
Thanks again...U nice folks....I do appreciate your comments....I really enjoy doing these. This is such a great forum.....I really enjoy looking at everyones work...such talent!
Just finished another one today.....Note: ...the "Dear John" envelope just showed up in the process of drawing....has no significance. :lol:
03-08-2011, 10:36 AM
so much to look at in this! Do you start with a 'string' or do you just build as you go from a blank sheet? I love all the little things you throw in like the house and the letter and sky/sun. . . very nice. did you add the color with watercolor? These are really very nice works!
03-08-2011, 03:05 PM
Just curious...how big are these? They are so intriguing!!!
03-08-2011, 03:32 PM
Wow Ed, this piece is Glorious!
03-08-2011, 07:45 PM
So much to see and find. Great stuff.
03-08-2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks again for your wonderful comments:
Rainey & Joan : This particular one I started a brief frame work of lines created in PS7..
and I added the canvas texture also. I then printed it out on a 5x7 card stock...and 8 hrs later....there it was:clap: .....99% of the lines were done freehand....I would have to pull up the beginning structure to even be sure where I started. It's kinda like starting with a Tangle string...but done in PS7.
Wow - your new pieces are a riot of color, imagination and creativity! Great stuff.
03-09-2011, 12:43 AM
Lots to see in this last one, as John said, a riot of colour.
.Note: ...the "Dear John" envelope just showed up in the process of drawing....has no significance. :D
03-09-2011, 12:27 PM
Ed are you painting with pens or watercolors on these?
03-11-2011, 11:51 AM
Margo....sorry for the delay in answering. ....thanks for looking , BTW. These are done in ink...then I usually use Copic markers mostly. I have used w/c also on some. I am working on one now that I'm trying colored pencil on....I've seen others really do well with cp. I printed up some business cards using some of my tangle related work....I really like them...and I think they will get peoples attention. Not that I do this as a business.....but .... Thanks again.
03-11-2011, 08:15 PM
Oh, can you share your business cards, Ed. . . I want to see the tangled business cards! Maybe black out your personal info or something if not wanting that online??
03-11-2011, 10:12 PM
Rainey, They are not anything super...I just had a package of Avery business cards that I hadn't used up...so I decided to try them. I went to there web site and set them up and printed 'em. The only problem....they didn't line up exactly...so about 1/2 of them were trashed. I think I can just use PhotoShop and control more of the output...when I make some more. But here are samples of the two I did. Again...I don't really use them as a business tool....more of something I would give to someone...that maybe I met and wanted them to contact me later.:confused:
03-12-2011, 01:05 AM
Oh, I see. That is a great idea. Both of those are lovely!
03-12-2011, 03:01 AM
This is a 5x7. Used ink and cp & Copic markers. With the colors and shadown...just trying to get some depth in the photo.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2011/152234-Seahorse2.jpg
03-12-2011, 03:04 AM
Love your business card idea!! Very cool!
The business cards are neat! I do love that peacock.
I do business cards for my girlfriend - I've set them up in Open Office Draw so every time I print them they come out just the same. I don't print them on special cards, just matte photo paper with space between so I can cut them with a paper cutter without going nuts.
03-12-2011, 01:25 PM
Cool idea for business cards.
That last one is certainly happy thoughts. So cool what you are doing.
03-12-2011, 02:22 PM
The cards are cool Ed. Now that last piece is making me crave a trip to PortA. Haven't been there in too long!
03-14-2011, 03:47 AM
Thanks again for all your comments! This is my newest addition to my journal. I did this from a photo I took last year....at the Botanical Gardens in Ft Worth...one of my favorite places to visit. I plan to enter (actual photo) in a photo contest held by my local bank this year....they usually have 100's of entries....but I'm hoping to place with it. This posted piece is done om 5x7 Daler Rowney acrylic paper...it worked well for ink and Copic markers and has a nice texture.
03-14-2011, 12:08 PM
beautiful tangle, Ed. Love the colors and shading on the bird. GREAT border treatment. Good luck with your photograph in the contest.
03-14-2011, 03:37 PM
Lovely piece Ed, your heron turned out quite nice and I really like the yellow and red combo throughout.
03-14-2011, 03:41 PM
Lots to see in your journal pages and the business cards. With those you would certainly not be forgotten!
Loved your previous journal page with all the inserted images and the colours.
Good luck with the Photo contest.
Great job on the botanical gardens piece, Ed! (And the business cards as well.) Being a bird person, I love the heron in the piece - and I think it has a really good shot at a prize. You've really found your element with the zentangles style.
03-14-2011, 06:19 PM
Another amazing piece.
03-16-2011, 11:15 PM
This one was fun...and a little different. It was influenced by Chance Press...I admire her work alot....don't know if she posts to this forum or not...I see her work on Flickr - Zentangle group. Anyway ....on 5x7 Rowney acrylic paper...used ink and Copic markers. thanks again for all the nice comments.
03-16-2011, 11:21 PM
03-17-2011, 12:19 AM
O yes, the flowers on the stone wall... most excellent. Interesting mix of abstract background and realistic flowers. wowser.
03-17-2011, 12:51 AM
ditto on the luminous flowers Ed. I think your lovely blue tangle background offsets them and helps with the luminosity. You my friend are on a major and very good roll here!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :D
03-18-2011, 02:06 AM
Ed, when I see these I do have happy thoughts. Thanks for posting. (and great idea with the business cards)
03-19-2011, 10:04 PM
Your colour work is really nice and reminds me a lot of mosaics and stained glass windows, great stuff Ed!
03-20-2011, 04:17 PM
Debby, Candace, Margo, Chris & Jackie and all others who might have viewed my journal and left helpful and encouraging comments. Here is one I just finished,...it is also a 5x7 on the Rowney paper...the texture on the surface of the paper, I like....it has a canvas look and feel. I used various ink pens and Copic markers. If you happen to notice....a little lady showed up in the bottom left corner...again not intended....but there nonetheless ....I think she was just curious....or maybe just got lost....anyway I digress. PS: My wife, I think is starting to be a little concerned as I tried to explain her presence...??
03-20-2011, 08:14 PM
love how the kitty is smaller than the bird :) and cool coloring in the bird. the small lady looks like a fairy in fairyland. Love the color. . . very imaginative use of the scribbles at the bottom and looks like maybe some of the black ink washed a bit? Very cool effects.
03-20-2011, 10:37 PM
The only logical explanation is that she's one of the fair folk. :wink2: Great juxtaposition of real and fantasy.
03-21-2011, 04:24 AM
Another winner, Ed.
I think when Picasso put strange women in his pics it was usually a new mistress. I wouldn't mention that to your wife tho'. :D
Perhaps you could explain it by saying it is just a compositional element designed to guide the viewer's eye through the image.:cat:
Wow, Ed, these just keep getting better and better! The cat and the bird piece is particularly wonderful - I often wish that the birds in our yard were of a size that would make them impervious to the neighbor's cat, which is always trying to nab a meal from our backyard 'aviary'.
03-24-2011, 10:38 PM
This journal picture (5x7) was done in ink and Copic Markers. This is a fence at my daughter's house...where my twin 4 yr old grandsons live. My wife bought the birdhouses...painted and deco'd 'em....they have been pretty to look at for the last couple of yrs. Note: the twins are to have a new brother in about 5 weeks...my wife is beside herself.....my daughter is miserable (at the moment)...but it will be a fun time! ....i digress. This piece is actually a cropped version of the height of the actual fence....it doesn't sit that low to the ground.
....I again thank everyone for all the previous comments....this is such a great place to be!!
03-24-2011, 10:54 PM
This is very cute.
Love the birds and birdhouses.
03-29-2011, 05:19 PM
A lady friend of mine from church....has a beautiful backyard/garden and she lets me use it frequently for photography. This picture was taken last fall...she had already removed the cushion from the garden seat...but I like it as is. A cute side note: there is a street about a block from her home named "Eden".....so she refers to her place as "Garden Off Eden".:) Anyway, another journal entry 5x7 with Ink and copic markers.
Ed, this is marvelous! You are becoming a true master of this style and media - excellent work.
03-29-2011, 07:45 PM
These recent pieces are so colourful and cheerful they make me grin from ear to ear :)
03-29-2011, 08:00 PM
Marvelous garden in your style.
03-30-2011, 12:47 AM
Ed I just love your latest paintings! The eye in the sunflower on the last one is too cool. Your daughter is expecting again, any chance it's another set of twins on the way? Love the story of your friends Garden off Eden!
03-30-2011, 01:44 AM
Thanks again for such nice and encouraging Comments.......Margo....the Dr assures us. ...their is just ONE....this time!
03-30-2011, 11:04 AM
Ed that is probably a good thing, 2 sets of twins might be a bit much!
03-30-2011, 08:18 PM
Garden Off Eden is great (love the house name!) and you sure have become a master of zentangles this year. Your mix of realism and tangles is so good and it all goes together so well. Keep it up!
03-30-2011, 09:23 PM
I agree with all the comments made recently, Ed you are going so well with your work. I love the bright colours you are using and the Garden Off Eden sounds and looks a lovely place ;)
Good luck to your daughter with soon-to-be arrival :)
03-31-2011, 01:22 PM
Seems like I've missed a lot of the recent ones, so it has been a real treat to catch up on these. I love the "Happy Thoughts" (sea lover that I am) and those birdhouses on the fence posts, as well as the Garden of Eden...just wonderful work!
04-11-2011, 03:47 AM
I finally got another entry for my journal finished. It's 5x7, used ink, Copic markers. This was again... a little bit of expermentation in that the major elements were created in photoshop7...didn't even know PS7 had these possibilities. I still consider it my creation because all the pieces were chosen by me....sized & placed where I wanted them....did the line drawings and added color by hand... I spent more time with this one than most of the others...because it started to really look interesting (to me) and I thought about it alot b-4 each step.....none of this babble matters anyway...it is is what it is:smug: Any comments are always helpful and appreciated:
04-11-2011, 03:58 AM
Another really cool piece Ed.
04-11-2011, 07:07 AM
Wow, this journal is looking great already. Lovely artwork and love the intense colours. Hope to see some more of this.
04-11-2011, 09:03 AM
These are all so unique and beautiful. Have you discovered a way to do them with lightfast pigments, so you can do some to frame and show? They are really deserving of being seen.
04-11-2011, 09:34 AM
Fabulous journal, stunning pages, love your work.
04-11-2011, 10:09 AM
Margo, Jill and Jamie, thank you so much for viewing and commenting on my journal. ...as for lightfastness....I do use UV spray ...and on most...I use a sealing spray.....I hope that gives them some years of life.
04-11-2011, 10:32 AM
Margo, Jill and Jamie, thank you so much for viewing and commenting on my journal. ...as for lightfastness....I do use UV spray ...and on most...I use a sealing spray.....I hope that gives them some years of life.
You might want to consider doing a lightfastness test with the materials you use by preparing a sheet with the same thing on each side. Spray it with your UV sealer/sealing spray as you usually do. Put half in a window, and half in a drawer as your control sample, then compare after a few months. At least then, whatever the results are, you will know what they are and can make changes or not make changes as you see fit. Your work is truly unique and I love it!
04-11-2011, 04:51 PM
Oh, wow, that is beautiful. . . love how you did the water and the window frame.
04-11-2011, 04:55 PM
Ok, you need to come design my backyard. I'd love to look out a window and see this. Great job.
04-11-2011, 11:14 PM
I love your combination of zentangles and landscape. Very cool style!
They are all so beautiful!
04-12-2011, 09:27 PM
Oh yay I love the piece in post 200.
04-13-2011, 12:46 PM
This new one is great!!!
Wow, Art, these just keep getting better and better. Love it!
04-23-2011, 02:05 PM
We have some Iris plants around the birdbath in our back yard...last year they didn't bloom...this year they did....here is my rendition (butterfly added). It's a 5x7 page in my journal....I laid the mat over it for the photo. One this one...I did something a little different. I went into Painter and created a 5x7 background color that looked like an adobe wall with scratches and gouges from wear in it. I then put it into PS7 and and overlaid the Iris line drawing ...I think using "Multiply" blend....that brings the to images together and printed it out. It look pretty good like it was....like a line drawing on old adobe wall. I then went over the lines with a permanent liner and painted the subject using Copics, w/c, and Derwent Inktense pencils. I also took my scribe (prior to painting) and went over the areas that printed out as lines and rough surface marks...so if you touch it ...it feels like it looks. Comments and critiques welcomed.
04-23-2011, 02:08 PM
I really like your ideas for adding some textural elements to the drawing, rather than leaving a flat surface. I'm happy for you that your irises bloomed this year --- hope mine will too!
04-23-2011, 05:13 PM
Lovely irises. Interesting the way you are blending your drawing and color sense with digital enhancements.
04-23-2011, 09:06 PM
Wonderful piece! Nice result from the technique experiments.
the drover's dog
05-02-2011, 12:34 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: I just love the free wheeling attitude you have to creating this art as well as the art itself. It's just blowing me away and I look forward to every new installment. Your dashing use of colour and pattern is a tonic. Makes me smile.
So refreshing to see an artist who does whatever it takes as a means to an end. No hypocrisy, no hide-bound art establishment rules. I feel like advising you to never, ever take a workshop with anyone, for fear you lose this freshness, this uniqueness. Not practical of course - it's just that I'm enjoying your experimental journeying so much, I'd hate to see a drastic shift in style.
You are a breath of fresh air.
I even went a checked out Zentangles after you became hooked. I did my first one this evening on the piddly little 3.5" x 3.5" requisite piece of paper. Blaah! Nearly went blind working this small. I will have to work much bigger! Shouldn't have carved up that full sheet of 300 gsm watercolour paper into confetti sized bits!:(
05-02-2011, 03:54 PM
Wonderful color and texture to these!!!
05-02-2011, 07:20 PM
very innovative methods you have, Ed. This is lovely.
05-02-2011, 10:25 PM
Thank you all.....sincerely....I appreciate you all taking your time to look at my posts and for your support with nice comments. I've been a little frustrated since this last one.....like I can't get something going that I like. I've started a couple of pieces.....got disgusted part of the way thru and just trashed 'em. Hope it passes soon! Getting to browse the work of the many talented folks here and elsewhere on the net is always my escape when things don't go right.
05-04-2011, 02:45 AM
Hi Ed, long time since I dropped in - you have been doing some fabulous work! I like your latest iris sketch, the colours are very rich. A few lighter areas on the leaves at the front might give some more illusion of depth, you've got some fabulous texture going on though ;) Are you still zentangling or this just a change of scene for a while? cheers Jackie
05-04-2011, 07:29 PM
Everyone goes through slumps Ed. It could be life looming large as opposed to art. One way to get out of it is to try something different. You've been doing a lot with digital and ink. Try colored pencils or pastels or painting using any of a number of paints. Another tip is to go to a gallery or museum and see if something or someone inspires you. You will get your muse back. Sometimes they need a little break.
05-12-2011, 07:24 PM
these are all good...i especially love the yellow flowers with blue background zentangles...beautiful.
Wow! Very nice! I am also intrigued by art journalling, but as yet have not had the courage to give it a go. I've do plenty of scrapbooking and have always kept a writing journal of some type, but have never combined the two. I am actually at a loss where and how to start, but you inspire me, thanx. Happy journalling, I think you are giving your family a unique legacy!
Keep it up:clap:
05-18-2011, 01:05 PM
Thank you all for your comments and encouragements. A few days ago...looking at art links on the net...I came across RozWoundup blog. She had some interesting things to say about doing your ink sketches in ink...not pencil and then inking....just to go for it....and not to be expecting it all to turn out beautiful....but promised it would improve. Well, I decided to try it....since I want to improve my drawing ability...this was a challenge. Anyway, I've ordered a Pentel Pocket brush pen that has very good reviews..(hope it might come today)..but until then...I'm using a Bienfang brush pen...and was at least encouraged by the results...it was the "something new" to get me started again. I've attached a copy of one that I just finished of a local restaurant. I was going to try and sketch it live....but felt like folks might think I was up to no good....so I worked from a photo I took. It made me go back also to Russ Stutlers' excellent web page on sketching and re-read his words of wisdom and look at his beautiful work. Anyway, this piece will be included in my journal as my first ink-drawn-from-scratchhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2011/152234-Brushpen-001-2.jpg renewal effort and hope to improve from here.
05-18-2011, 04:00 PM
Wow! You picked a complicated subject for your first ink drawn from scratch. And a super job you did too.
05-18-2011, 05:04 PM
I think you did a great job. I'm also a firm believer that jumping in directly with ink is the way to go. It displays much more artistic personality, as our "quirks" are what show our individuality.
05-18-2011, 09:27 PM
I read and loved that post by Roz, too! I've been avoiding pencil for several months and think its really helped me to not be able to erase!
This is beautiful. . . really, really like it! Well done. Doesn't it feel 'free' to draw in pen :)
05-18-2011, 09:44 PM
Wow, you sure picked a hard subject when you dived into that end of the pool. Did a marvelous job. Looks really good. Roz is such an inspiration. When I found her blog I read the whole thing from beginning to end over the course of 3 days. :o
05-18-2011, 11:14 PM
Michelle, Jamie, Rainey & Debby ...thanks for your comments....it does give you a feeling of accomplishment to work directly with ink....especially if it kinda resembles what your intent was....yes, Rainey...it does feel good! My Pentel Pocket Brush didn't come today...maybe tomorrow....does anyone here use that pen....it did have a lot of positive reviews.
05-19-2011, 12:16 AM
Great ink sketch Ed! Do you mean Stutler's sketchbook online, Stutler.cc? Is that a terrific website or what? I drop in from time to time & catch a chapter. Keep up the ink stuff. You won't even miss the pencil sketch part before long.
05-19-2011, 03:27 AM
Candace...thanks for commenting....yes Stutler.cc. Wealth of talent and helpful info. I took part back in Jan of this yr....in the Sketchcrawl.....couldn't find anyone local to sketch with....so I was a group of one! My resulting sketch was terrible...but it was just fun to know that around the world....others were sketching also.
05-19-2011, 05:24 AM
05-19-2011, 07:51 AM
Just browsed through all your sketches and paintings here, I love your detailed work and the vibrancy, you have the the illustrative style. Yes, the no-pencil, just ink straight away method is something I do aswell, though not quite as well as you have managed here :D
05-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Trying to maintain a daily agenda...using a brush pen for sketching....I did this one last night.....This is a really nice...but quaint resort area in Eureka Springs, AR.......Red Bud Valley Resort. This is actually the office area....but I liked the "S" curve dirt road leading to the office cabin. I obviously can look forward to a long road of improvement ....as u can see there are some perspective issues...oh well! I will mention...this is entered in a new sketch book that I bought at Hobby Lobby for about $10. Don't know if I will be a big fan or not....but the paper enticed me....you see the torn edges on the 6x9 page. It was made in India.....has a real ornate embossed (leather-like) cover...with the elastic cord for closure. Nowhere does it say who the manufacturer is....or anything about the quality of the paper....hopefully its acid free. Anyone else that might know any info about it....I would be interested.
05-19-2011, 05:35 PM
what a quaint and lovely place. . . and a wonderfully done sketch of it. You are doing lovely brush pen work! The paper looks very interesting. How do you like it? Seems to take a wash well
05-20-2011, 12:57 AM
Hey Ed, Nice work! I work at HL & I think I know the sketchbook. We had some others from India back in winter. Tooled cover & a wrap-around leather string closure. Indian deckle edge paper. I think India is known for pretty cool hand made papers. Those were displayed by the checkouts, rather than in art supply, and were very tempting but I never got one. (Odd for me, the art supply junkie.:o ) Some of our special purchases have very little info on them other than "made in India" and such. Tomorrow I will see if we still have your model on the special sketchbook display in art.
05-20-2011, 12:13 PM
Congrats on sketching directly in pen!!! The last two are great!!! Every once in a while I'm brave enough to work directly in pen, but I'm so lousy at perspective that mostly I rely on pencil first.
05-20-2011, 12:48 PM
Way to go on doing without pencil. I've tried it a few times but chicken out when I get something complicated. I love the looks of that sketchbook with the deckled edges on the paper. I hope the paper is as good for working on as it looks.
05-20-2011, 02:25 PM
Lovely drawing. The sketchbook looks so enticing with the soft deckle edges.
Great work on the last two scenes, Art! Pen is addicting, isn't it?
05-21-2011, 12:53 AM
Ed, I looked at your sketchbook at work and you are so right- not a bit of labeling except the order number & "made in India." I should get that order # and email the HQ. I'll ask them to include some type of label with the acid-free info (most art books are now... but you want to be sure) and some type of brand name. It is very possible that these are from our cottage industry sources around the world. Which would be so cool.
05-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Candace.....thanks for looking into it....do you work at HobbyLobby...my favorite store?!!
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