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Old 01-25-2018, 10:45 AM
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Susan's First Sketchbook

I finally got over my fear of the blank book and did a plein air drawing (another first!) last weekend. I then added watercolor it at home.

This is my first sketchbook and I will be painting and drawing mostly plein air, since I want to get out there and try this out.

Stillman and Birn Zeta A4 portrait journal. I turned it to the side. Cerulean, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, and trans oxide red. Trans oxide is the perfect color for our iron rich red soil in Oklahoma.

It has taken me months to gather up the courage to use a sketchbook. I have less fear of messing up a piece of Arches paper, which is completely backwards, I know. But Onward!



I have filled up my travel pallet, gotten a stool and backpack, and I'm ready to head out this weekend for more.
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Great start Susan, two or three pages in and you will definitely be hooked. I look forward to following your journey.
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Re: Susan's First Sketchbook

nice start

S&B books - a perfect choice as they'll let you use anything you want. I've worked with watercolour, ink, oils, all sorts in them and they never bleed through or wrinkle. I prefer the Beta and Delta books with a little more tooth.

I like to add the colour plein air as you see all the subtle variations and colours that catch the mood of the day.

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S&B books - a perfect choice as they'll let you use anything you want. I've worked with watercolour, ink, oils, all sorts in them and they never bleed through or wrinkle. I prefer the Beta and Delta books with a little more tooth.

I have a Beta, too. But for some reason I just grabbed this one first. I'll fill it up and then try out the Beta. This one feels really nice with my Micron pens. I like the smooth drawing surface but for watercolor I prefer tooth as well.
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Re: Susan's First Sketchbook

yes Zeta's are perfect for pen, just not as nice with watercolour as the others
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Re: Susan's First Sketchbook

Welcome to the world of sketchbooks. Once you start you won't be able to stop. The Stillman & Birn sketchbooks are really nice. My favorite is the Beta. I laughed at your willingness to mess up a piece of Arches but not a page in a sketchbook. I think we all feel that way at the beginning and then all of a sudden you make the leap and find yourself surrounded by filled books. LOL This is really nice. You use the watercolors and ink well. I'll be waiting to see more from you.
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ps - don't feel you have to work in only one book until it's finished.

I have a dozen or more on the go at any one time - different sizes, shapes and papers. Some books are limited to a certain subject - like Cornwall or a trip to Northumberland. Another is for life days (life dawing = big sketchpad). Others are just chosen for the size/paper I want at the time and have a mix of stuff in - like the current one I've recently shown work from, 11ins square, lots of pages, started last summer in Wales with lots of plein air in a variety of paints/pencils etc, then pages of sketches of a model in burlesque costume, then pages of quick drawings of friends. All from life.

Books on the go include S&B beta and delta, the square Seawhite book (not as good as the S&B due to bleed through to next page), Strathmore beige (shoddy thin paper, don't like), large watercolour pads, UArt sanded paper pad, Cryla pad, long thin landscape format ones about 20+ inches across, a couple of little ones to pop in a handbag easily ..... and more!!!

Have fun. As Joan says it's addictive. Also a good resource for future paintings and nice memories to look back on.

The ability to work the size I want in the medium I want is much more important than rushing to 'finish' a book.
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Nice work Susan, looking forward to seeing your works fill up your sketchbooks!
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Great sketches Susan.
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Re: Susan's First Sketchbook

I have already started a second sketchbook where i am practicing flower drawings and paintings. So far only from photos, since it's miserable outside.

Don't like the paper much, it's a Strathmore 400, but I can get a lot of drawing practice in it.

Here are my pages so far:





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Re: Susan's First Sketchbook

Love the contrast between the clear edges on the outside and the blurring within the flowers. Bright and very pleasingly simplified.
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Yay Susan, your first plein air is gorgeous!!
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Well done! Those floral studies/tulip practices are so well done
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Nice work on the flowers...I like the way you are blending the colors.
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