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Old 01-09-2011, 02:41 PM
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Small ProArt Sketchbook

These are the mainstay of my sketching - they're hard cover but spiral bound, not very expensive at Blick with lots of plain white sketch paper pages. I don't use wet media in them because it's only 70lb paper or something like that, but they're so darn handy.

A couple of quick sketches in Derwent hard pastels on white sketchbook paper. 4" x 6" - the cabin was an explanation of light on different sides of a cabin that I wanted to post, then I filled the page sketching Ari from life.


There are a few earlier pages in this book that I'll scan later, got to go.
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

Where is the explanation?

Love the one ear up on Ari. You know he's listening.
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

Yep, he was. Of course he moved halfway through my sketching him but not too far and I had the pose in first.

The explanation was in another thread. I commented on someone's painting who asked for critique, she'd done a cabin in perspective and complained the perspective was way off when that wasn't the main problem - the problem was that not shading the shadow side had made it look flat. So I exaggerated it so that she could see the difference the shading made, and put in the cast shadow afterward in that post because I'd forgotten to when I first did the sketch. Added it in before scanning the page.

Once you choose the side of the building the sun's on, that wall will be lighter than the other one. Both of them can benefit from gradating the value so that the greatest contrast is at the corner of the building. If you already established light direction in foliage of trees or another object, stay consistent with what you had of course.
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Thanks. That was a very helpful explanation.
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Glad I could help! Here's another pastels sketch in this one - I'm still on that pastels craze, love how the Derwents handle on unsanded paper.


A Red Horse (With a White Face)
4" x 6"
Derwent hard pastels on white sketchbook paper.
Photo reference by Jim56

This is for the Southwestern & Western January Challenge, which is all equine photos. Most of them have saddles or harnesses on, I'm more interested in sketching horses than their complicated tack though.
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

love the little cabin, looks cozy . . . great form and musculature on that horse. I had a proart last month and used water in it. . . it cockled a little but held up well!!
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Nice horse, Robert. Always fun to see you start a new sketchbook. I know it will be full of interesting drawings and explanations! I also like the inexpensive and smallish handy size books. They never intimidate me out of making my mark!
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Cool book Rob, what are you doing to fix these pieces or are you only sketching on one side of the page. As soon as I clear off the debris from the last two days of fun, I think I'll drag out some of my hard pastels too. Seems like a fun sketching tool.
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Thank you! Rainy, I've used water in one before and if I don't use too much or give great large washes it's all right. What worked well was a sumi-e type of watercoloring where most of the page is negative space. But I've got multi-media books for that now.

Candace, the small ones like 4" x 6" seem to fill up so much faster. I love that about them.

Margo, I spray them with SpectraFix fixative, which takes a little patience as I have to hold the page flat while it's drying and use several layers or it cockles horribly. It flattens out again though. I'm doing the pastel sketches on one side only but using both sides if I sketch in pen or pencil.

I'll probably do something more in this book today, went for a different book this morning.

This page is in the hardbound Basic sketchbook that I haven't made a thread for. It's also in reach.


Scavenger Hunt #207, #1, 2, 3
8.5" x 11"
Cretacolor hard pastels on white sketchbook paper.
#1. Ari keeps me warm
#2. Plastic dinosaur reminds me of childhood
#3. Toes - Ari's fluffy toes. Who else would I draw?
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

I really love the colors you used in the little dino for the body and the shadow. You are really good with color! And that is a beautiful drawing of Ari, esp. love those vibrant blue eyes and aren't animals just the best warmers ever
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Wonderful horse.

Gorgeous Ara sketch, as always. The dino is darling. Toys are great to draw.
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

Robert, I can't imagine how many finished sketchbooks you must have lined up or stacked up somewhere. You are so prolific! These are more great sketches in yet-another new sketchbook. I love the horse, but the last one of Ari is one of my all-time favorites. You used a small number of strokes to express so much!
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Handy is good. There's our art-muse Ari again
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Re: Small ProArt Sketchbook

Thank you! Ari is the best lap-warmer I've ever had. He gets downright snuggly as soon as it gets cold out and seriously clingy even in the summer. Also the purring tends to warm me up too.

Today I went back to the little ProArt one again for a Pen & Ink Project sketch. Simple but I think I got the gist of it.


Orchid for Pen & Ink Project Jan 2011
4" x 6"
Rotring ArtPen on white sketchbook paper.
Photo reference by chaosia.
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I really do like the look of pen and ink. This are wonderful.
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