Monday, May 29, 2017

Continuous Line Drawing

Having watched a few tutorials from Sketchbook Skool
http://sketchbookskool.com/blog/draw-tip-tuesday-urban-sketch-continuous-line/

As I was sitting in Valens campground with no internet I decided to practice what I had learned.
I was really surprised how using this technique really sharpened my 'seeing' so I did more !
I didn't move more than a few feet from my trailer to do these ... LOL



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bulrushes

Another challenge from Peter Sheeler, wet-in-wet but I added a bit of pen work with ochre ink

 I think I will rework this a few times to get control of my brush strokes that tended to wander a bit, and think more about the placement of the bulrushes, otherwise I am quite happy with the first attempt.

Alan

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Broken Windows ..

A lesson from Peter Sheeler.

This was drawn with a new dip pen that I picked up yesterday. Actually I got four of them for $12 nibs and holders!
This one, the first I tried is awesome, it holds so much ink I did the whole drawing with one 'dip'
Strathmore Watercolour Sketchbook
Sennelier Watercolours

The original looks better 'onest

Alan

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 :-)