Rather than hunt through months and months of older threads to find the threads of individual other sketchbooks besides my Stillman & Birn journals, I thought I'd just start a thread for all the new sketches in the vast collection of other sketchbooks I've got.
Most of them are small. I'll say which one it is in the post.
So this is the start of my "get all my sketching in one place" and also my new resolution to actually do preliminary drawings, post these in this forum too, let people see my botched sketches and assorted scribbles as well as the pretty stuff in the Stillman & Birn journals that always make me want to get - refined. Those are good drawings and paintings mostly.
These are... sketches! I found a half full 4" x 6" ProArt sketchbook. Thin drawing paper in a cheap spiral bound book, the ProArt sketchbooks used to be my favorites before I got spoiled by the bliss of super heavy watercolor paper in the Stillman & Birn Delta and Beta ones.
Of course the first batch starts with an Ari drawing from life. Below him are some quick studies of thin saplings with branches inspired by Johannes Vloothuis.
Then I got an idea for a painting in oil pastels based on Saturday's "Paint Along with Johannes Vloothuis" streaming video. I used his reference but seriously simplified it, left out the mountains and the middle ground stuff in favor of just the aspens, a bit of water and a clump of pines.
My train of thought here is to make the aspens the main subject and use a candle to soften yellow and gold oil pastels to do swift loose leafy dab strokes around them. Of course I can't do the painting until I get some tea candles, so I started planning it with Value Mass Sketches.
Second try at gray scale value planning with mid-light, middle gray and mid-dark gray. I decided the aspens should be bigger than half the painting so added more bulk to them with a white gel pen. Imagine the white scribbly bit is part of the light gray bit.
Same scene in color with gray, Landscape and Terra six color sets of Pitt Artist Pens. The previous ones were all in Pitt pen grays except the Ari sketch in ball point pen.
Smaller simpler color thumbnail adjusting proportions of the areas, above a rowdy attack kitten from this week's Weekly Inspiration Thread.
So today I at least sketched, if not did a daily painting. I need to remember to tell my home carer guy to pick up some tea candles for me tomorrow.