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Old 05-23-2010, 10:12 PM
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DK's Sketchbook #4 - Anything Goes

Yes, I am starting another sketchbook, this makes four I'm working on at once, but each has it's own purpose. This one is the "Anything Goes" sketchbook. Any subject, any media, from life or from photos. The idea is to get me to try different things, I'll probably be doing a lot of sketches from forum challenge thread in this book. The sketchbook is 8.5" X 11" and is a hardbound journal type called "Master's Touch" by Fine Art Studio. It has the rough, heavy off-white paper found in most journals of this type.

While the idea is to get me to try new things I started this book by working on graphite, but the subject is new for me;




This is from this week's D&S challenge. I meant for this to be just a one hour sketch, but the subject is deceptively complex and I was enjoying it very much, so I spent about three hours on it.

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Nice perspective on the violin, David. You have a deft touch with graphite.
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Re: DK's Sketchbook #4 - Anything Goes

Cool! Might you have been inspired by Robert's Goof-off Book?
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Re: DK's Sketchbook #4 - Anything Goes

Very nice. The only thing that I see that I myself had to get some advice on was the use of softer lead to add some more depth to the piece. I am not sure how dark the values are in the photo as it is just that but I would guess the darkest values were created with a 2b or maybe even 4b lead.

If you use just two more higher like 6b or 9b or ebony you will see a huge difference in the depth.(ebony does tend to be a bit shiny though)

I have a few sketchbooks going my self but I find myself experimenting with the different paper types.

All around very good. It is particularly difficult to draw such structured subjects and the perspective is awesome.
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Re: DK's Sketchbook #4 - Anything Goes

Very accurate drawing, Dave! Musical instruments are hard - especially acoustic instruments - because there are so many curves to deal with. Few nice straight lines or right angles as with structures. Having played fiddle for a few years, I could tell right away that you nailed the instrument.
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Re: DK's Sketchbook #4 - Anything Goes

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Might you have been inspired by Robert's Goof-off Book?

Possible. Even though I plan on doing many WC challenges in mine it really won't look much like Robert's I only plan on doing one sketch per sheet. I purposely picked this larger size so I could sketch larger, though the violin didn't use the whole sheet, that sketch actually only measures 5.5 X 8. Also, I'll have sketches in this book from other photos and probably a few life sketches as well.

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The only thing that I see that I myself had to get some advice on was the use of softer lead to add some more depth to the piece

It's actually quite a bit darker in person and I'm not sure the paper would have take much more graphite. The background is many layers of 4b. Like Robert has mentioned, graphite can be difficult to scan accurately, probably due to is shine.

Thanks for all the comments guys.

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That's right, I'm updating 3 of my sketchbooks today! I don't turn on my computer every day, so you're getting updates on everything I've done since Sunday.



You'll probably recognize this one from the Pen & Ink forum May challenge since Robert has already done it. This was my first attempt at colored pen and it didn't go anything like I planned. I was hoping for a smoother look, but the only way to do that would have been with pointillsim and I just wasn't feeling that patient that day. It did turn out kinda Van Gogh-ish. If I had started with that idea in mind I might have had something.

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David, nice teacup. It has it's own style.
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Wow! Your graphite violin is spectacular. Wonderful realism. The teacup did come out well. I used pointillism and you took another texture, but I think yours worked well too.
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Thanks Robert. I've discovered however this book won't work well for all media. In fact, it didn't even work that well for the violin. The paper is quite light yet very rough which means it takes lots of effort and/or layers to fill all the valleys, not exactly a good combination. The label advertised it as all dry media + light watercolor but at only 70lbs I should have known better. I think this book will be relegated to light to moderate sketching, mostly with dry media and some pen work as well. I was unable to find a large format sketchbook with paper similar to paper in my hand.book brand sketchbooks, (which I think is ideal) but I've got another idea to use for an "Anything Goes" sketchbook, though I probably won't have time to implement it until next week. Anyway, the format of my work for this thread is going to change somewhat in the future.

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I've thought of getting some hot press paper, chopping it to 8 1/2" x 11" and putting it in a ring binder for a true All Media book. I might do that once I fill my All Media Book, because HP allows that kind of refined pencil work and it doesn't hurt it that the pages are 140lb rather than 90lb at all.

90lb watercolor paper only comes in cold press though. Hot press is great for fine detail and for shading smoothly and filling all the valleys. Some cold press papers are like Rough when it comes to valleys. I haven't tried a HandBook brand sketchbook though, so I might when I'm farther along with the Moleskines that I have in progress and start looking at the next generation.
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I think I can officially call this the " 9x12 Light to Moderate Sketching" sketchbook now. I don't plan on doing more than using dry media, and possible, very, very light subtle watercolor washes, but we'll see about that later. For now I have this just completed sketch to offer, took a little over 3 hours;



This is from last week's "Weekly Drawing Thread" in the D&S forum.

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Nice truck! I love the proportions, depth, perspective and sheer volume in it. This is great! Way beyond what I can do. I'd better start improving on vehicles and buildings though, in four years I should at least be able to do loose vehicles that look real but less defined and good attractive buildings in a recognizable way. Or at least ornaments on them.
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That's an awesome truck. You draw vehicles so well. (I know, practice. )
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good start on your anything goes sketchbook and the beautifully rendered musical instrument is a great way to start it off
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