Friday, April 14, 2017

New (old) trick ...

Frustrated with errors of perspective I came across this trick that I had seen previously but never tried.

So simple and so easy !

A bulldog clip and a length of elasticated 'string' 
Clip the string on the 'eye level' line and swing it up and down to give you the correct angles for the perspective !

This quick sketch looks so much better , now to try fixing 2 point perspective!

Alan

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wandering again ...

This weekend with the 'nicer' weather rolling in I was out and about.
Yesterday I participated in a Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) outing to the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener.
Yes we kept our clothes on and yes we had a great time!

At one point we could sit by a stream so I took the opportunity to pull out my sketchbook and recorded this pencil sketch ..



Then this morning I met up with a friend and after Bagels and tea we headed out to sketch an old house that is slated for demolition to make way for our new highway.. AKA progress :-(


Two totally different approaches but both equally satisfying

Alan

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Moonlit Winter Farm

Continuing to follow lessons by Peter Sheeler, this one is a Moonlit Winter Farm scene.

It is an important one because I am continuing to work with the Platinum Carbon Ink I received a couple of days ago.
My first test was an absolute disaster, a quick sketch of Winter sleeping on the couch and a quick wash.
The wash reactivated the ink that was supposed to be waterproof!
I wasn't happy

Yesterday I tried it on a different paper and it worked!
Today I tried it on two more papers and it worked!

It looks like it didn't like the original paper for some reason.

Anyway I am happy with this one except for the crop ..
Pen and ink and watercolour wash on Saunders 200# HP


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Freezing in Galt ..

.. all in the name of art !

I met up with my friend Roger today for some sketching practice.

I was completely under-dressed and ended up buying a sweatshirt to keep the icy wind at bay. Between that and hiding in doorways we managed to survive for 4 hours :-)

Across from the Melville Cafe


Galt Town Hall

We did manage a stop in at Phidon Pens to get warm, yeah that's it we stopped in to warm up nothing to do with pens, ink and stuff :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ignatius Centre walk ...

... or have pencil will travel.

Plus 10c with clear skies and a warm sun. It sure feels like Spring is coming!

After a walk I sat myself down to sketch, opened my bag and realised I had fogotten my pens !
I did have a Pilot V Plus fountain pen but it's not waterproof
so I decided on pencil sketches ...

1 .. Finding a sheltered spot out of the wind I also found this old wheelbarrow.
Pencil, a touch of Vpen and watersoluble graphite.

2 .. Braving the wind on the other side of the building to sketch a small shed in the tree's. Quickly drawn in pencil and then back into the lee to finish it off
Pencil

3 .. Looking for another spot this time in the farmyard I came across this 50 gallon drum up against the cedar fence.
Pencil





 

Staedtler Mars Lumigraph pencils,
Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook,
Art Graf Water soluble Graphite,
Pilot Fountain Pen,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A morning at Timeless Materials in Waterloo

I spent the morning with the KW Urban Sketchers at Timeless Materials in Waterloo.
So much to see and sketch and we only had TWO HOURS ! 
Still I managed to produce three sketches with various materials;

This old Chestnut canoe in pencil in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook







The second was a bunch of old doors (well a selection as there are hundreds!) Drawn in Conte Crayon on Strathmore tinted paper.




Last but not least, with about 20 min left before the 'throwdown' I took on this pile of doorknobs! (Again a selection as there were dozens)
Micron pen in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook


A fun morning that went byway too fast ! 

Alan

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Farm at dusk - a la Peter Sheeler

Another 'challenge' ..
My interpretation of 'Farm At Dusk' by Peter Sheeler 

Learning that Hot Press paper is a LOT more difficult to work on with watercolour washes than Cold Pressed !

Saunders HP 200 # paper 5" x 7" 
Windsor & Newton Watercolours, 
Micron pen 01,
Signo Gel Pen White,