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Old 01-02-2011, 02:10 PM
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Sketchwall 2011

This thread is for all the sketches I do on fancy art papers like my Aquabee Bogus Rough pad, Canson mi-Tientes, Pastelmat, Colourfix and other surfaces that aren't bound together into a sketchbook. It's sort of my Journal Unbound. Most of them wind up taped onto my closet door for a while or pinned onto the cork board depending on size.

So here's my first sketch of 2011:


A Young Tiger
6" square
Cretacolor pastel pencils
Aquabee Bogus Rough brown paper
Photo reference by just_chaos for December 31st-January 2nd 2011 Weekend Drawing Event.

I'd actually bind these things but they'll probably work better stored in the archival storage box or in the pages of the Profolio binder I got from Dick Blick last year. Sometimes colored papers don't come in an easy spiral bound binding that I can keep them together and dated in.
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Oh, excellent tiger, Robert!
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Re: Sketchwall 2011

Robert, that's a beautiful tiger!!!!! Lovely start to your Journal..
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Splendid tiger. Binders of one sort or another work to capture loose sketches.
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Really excellent Robert! The Bogus looks good online too. I am doing a similar plan for Jan.- using various new colored papers in a binder collection. I look forward to seeing your choices & color combinations!
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Gorgeous tiger, Robert! Love it.
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Thank you! That's a good idea - I should get a new binder for my 2011 sketch wall sketches - and take down all my 2010 ones when it arrives to make room for these new ones.


After the Ice Storm, Mary had a Bad Hair Day.
6" square
Derwent pastels on Aquabee Bogus Rough Sketch paper.
Photo reference by just_chaos for Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 Weekend Drawing Event.
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If you work to a standard size you could join them into a concertina book with paper hinges on the back - it's how we did a travelling sketchbook project I took part in some time ago.

A great idea that allows for lots of experimentation
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Oh I love the support you have here!!!
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I'm liking these a lot, Robert, and I really like the looks of that paper. If I ever get back to pastels, I will have to get some of that.
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Thank you, Vivien. That's a good idea but I'm not working to a standard size - they'll be any size up to 9" x 12" which is why I think a Profolio is my best choice for what to house them all. I can get one that's 9" x 12" this year instead of the 11" x 17" one I used last year. I never went that big on anything I put in it, so getting that huge one wasn't a great idea.

EP and Michelle, thank you! The paper isn't that expensive. Blick has the Aquabee Bogus Rough Sketch paper pads, it's 50 sheets of 70lb paper a lot like kraft paper. Wonderful rough surface, so toothy it does great for pastels, Conte, charcoal, but not so big-grained that I couldn't do ink sketching on it with a little gouache accents. According to Sandra (gakinme) it doesn't stand up well to wet mediums though. I might have to be careful with the gouache accents or just do ink and white Conte for that.

Today I used a full sheet and marked off 8 x 10" on it. I like leaving some margins to go under the mat if I decide to mat and hang any of these.


Musky, a young male Smilodon fatalis.
10" x 8"
Cretacolor Pastels Carre on Aquabee Bogus Rough Sketch paper.
After several sketches by Mauricio Anton in The Big Cats and their Fossil Relatives along with some speculation of my own on markings and his short mane. Not a copy of one of Anton's sketches, though his skull sketches gave me good proportions. I trust they're accurate because he's a professional.

I hung him across the room on the closet doors, that's my current Sketch Wall. One of my tests for these sketches on brown paper is whether they show up at a distance, which takes adding some strong values instead of just using different mid value hues on them. Worked out great. His teeth really shine. Love this cat.
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Lovely horse. Quite a look you caught on the face.

The sabertooth is awesome. The long teeth really stand out as a focus.
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Excellent Robert, all 3 of them. Looks like you are working on your novel illustrations with the Smilodon. Good idea with the loose sheets and putting them up where you can look at them.
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You're doing a heck of a job on these Robert, that first tiger is especially outstanding.

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Happy New Year Robert,

Your practise on Ari from life is showing up in very alive expressions in your wild cats Rob. Lots of life is expressed. Is this an extension of the life you feel inside?

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