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Old 05-10-2012, 10:26 AM
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I love the look of this one!!! Black and white is always so striking.
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Thank you, Margo, Debby, John, Joan, for your comments.

Here's an attempt with Stillman & Birn 100 lb Alpha sketchbook hardbound with Chinese painting.

I limited it to mostly dry strokes this time so it wouldn't pool with a wet brush.

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Very cool textures on the rocks.
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Re: Fantasy with Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

Your use of varied techniques and styles is inspired and inspiring.And your discussion of the process is educational and thought provoking!!

I think you should have included the "nude" in this thread, because it fits and I think we're all "adult" enough...aren"t we?

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Great job on this one!
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The textures are fantastic. A landscape to get lost in.
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Hi Sandra

Really interesting seeing all your different approaches and subject matter. Thank you for sharing your processes too.

With collage if you sort of roll the piece onto the base rather than putting it on flat, you can eliminate some bubbles. Rolling from the centre out once the piece is down can help but sometimes I use the brush to do that. Fingers are good but it can get messy.
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Thank you, Debby, Margo, Joan, Doug, Jennifer, for your comments.

Jennifer, thanks for the input. I'll remember the sequence for the next time.


This is what I have been working the last couple of days. Continue testing of colored pencils on Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook 7x10 inch.

Not that I really need to test the paper anymore but I need to test my colored pencil skills and coloring skills.

This lizard probably was killed by a neighbor's cat in our back yard. It was missing a tail on Saturday morning and I sketched it the closest I dared to get near almost nose to nose. So much of this is made up along the way.

I was also trying to learn to create colorful pebbles and shadowing without real pebbles in front of me.

Lyra Polycolor colored pencil which is perfect for this paper. Lyra is more transparent and I could work in layers without it becoming waxy and glumpy.

Derwent Graphitint - really dragged on this surface and it's way too thick and obvious. I kept forgetting to go light handed and had to erase many times.

For blending, I used a hard paint brush. At times, I wished I used Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils so I could wash it and blend it quickly but I have to avoid water since this is Epsilon and not Alpha.

If this were watercolor, I'm sure it would take me only an hour. But this one had to space out over 4 days here and there. Probably 3 hours on this piece but I like it enough for now. Had wanted a more monotone right side but got too enthusiastic with coloring.

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Re: Fantasy with Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

This one was on Stillman & Birn Alpha 9x12 spiral sketchbook 100 lb.


Not perfect yet. Have to try another one.


A Hogarth anatomy study but dolled up with background and color.


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Sandra, I like those lizards/snakes on the rocks - really nice color and shadows. Bravo.

The guy sitting down looks like a hard pose to get! I like the splatter and background you gave him
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Very colorful lizards and rocks. I agree that looks like a hard pose on the seated figure.
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Re: Fantasy with Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

The lizards are beautiful, they have a lot of character.
I would put the anatomy study on my wall, somehow that one touches a nerve with me.
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Thank you, Debby, Rainy, Jennifer. Perhaps I should frame the red and black piece afterall. It does look good.

Here's a subject that I really enjoy doing. A Japanese street.

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Daniel Smith Mars Black Watercolor which made a mess of the sky and I had to use General's graphite powder to cover it. The sponge tool had some residue brown pan pastel.

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Lots of little details here, I like the people in the upper left looking out over the city. And the dark sky give it all a slightly mysterious touch - I bet strange things are happening inside the houses, lot of intrigue and scheming (or maybe I've just been reading too much about Legend of the Five Rings.
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