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Old 06-11-2010, 01:24 PM
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Miscellaneous Sketchbooks

I tend to use a number of sketchbooks at the same time for trying out different mediums and subjects so thought I'd post all those together here. It includes pen, pen and watercolour, graphite/pencil, and watercolour. I mainly use an A5 sketchbook for a lot of things, even some pen and wash work even though it does buckle a bit. I bought a cheap watercolour book A5 with smoother paper that the pen works nicely on but is too thin and also buckles and not at all like watercolour paper. It is still fun to play with though. I also rip up nice watercolour paper to around A5 size and put sheets into my sketchbook for when I want the real thing to work on. You can probably understand why I say miscellaneous sketchbooks now.

I will start with some that I have done over the last week or so and then add new stuff and as I go.

Here are a couple of pen and ink sketches done for a challenge and the other using a WDE image.


I have been reading Claudia Nice book and trying some pen and wash examples from there. These are on watercolour paper and worked much better.


This is one I also did from another one of her books that I am very happy with.


Have got lots more I can share but don't want to bore you too soon
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Re: Miscellaneous Sketchbooks

Please bore us. Those are so neat. Love the look of pen and wash. I've got one of Claudia Nice's books on my wish list at Amazon. The kitty is really cute.
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Jacqui, these are great. I love your glass bottles and marbles. Cool eyes from the Claudia Nice book too. Love the little kitten, she's so cute. Cool banisters and street artist from last week's WDE.

Thanks for starting this thread! I'm glad you're into her pen and wash stuff too, it's such a great style.
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Cool pen and wash sketches. Love the cute kitten!
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Nicely done, Jacqui! The kitten is really well rendered.
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Debby thanks, I really love her books. I have one and have borrowed the drawing animals one from the library a few times and have put that on my amazon wish list.

Robert glad you like them. It is a great style. I am very happy with the eyes, I can't believe I did them I keep going back and looking at them and smiling to myself.

Thanks Michelle and John, it was such a cute kitten pic I just had to do it.
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These are a couple of sketches copied from Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland characters. They were a lot of fun to do. Pen in A5 cheap watercolour book, watercolour washes added.

I might play with doing more of these.

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These are great! I really like that white rabbit.
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Excellent copies of Tenniel's illustrations! I remember them from way back and I think you've got it spot on. Well done!
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Nice copy of the illustrations. Well done.
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Re: Miscellaneous Sketchbooks

These are great Jacqui. I also had trouble with pages from an ordinary sketchbook buckling when I used watercolour or any medium that needed water added. I also had problems scanning them when attached to my sketchbook and had to photograph them. So I solved the problem by using loose leaf pages and filing them in a ring-binder file. (It looks kind of like a sketchbook but I can use any sort of paper in it e.g. watercolour, pastel etc. It works for me. For a photo of my cover-page, go to "The Changing Seasons Journal" in this Forum. Hope it helps.
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Thanks Michelle, Robert and Debby. Thanks also Viv, yes I have been following your journal and that is a good idea of having the binder. I get in such a mess with loose pages but right now sketchbooks are cheap and convenient, even though I am swapping between them, and they aren't all the best quality. Got to make do with what I have and can afford for now. I would like to make my own watercolour book one day, when I get the time, enough nice paper and the energy
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Re: Miscellaneous Sketchbooks

Here are another couple of Tenniel sketchs did today. I like the different animal characters from Alice in Wonderland.


I also had a look at the metal techniques in the Nice book.

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Excellent work on the book characters and the metal spoons.
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Jacqui, more good Tenniel copies. I'm more impressed by your spoons and metal objects though, they have a unique style to your penwork that's delicate and lovely. The effects are powerful, you captured the balance of pen and wash perfectly on these and got the metal effects just right. Well done!
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