Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A weekend in the life or I should be so lucky..

This last weekend I was camping at Valens Conservation area, with a couple of side trips!

Saturday morning I was greeted with Ms Snapping Turtle laying her eggs in the middle of a driveway to a campsite!

That was before I headed out to Doon Heritage Village in KItchener to meet up with my "Sketchy Friends"



That was a great morning and I managed to get back to the campsite before the storms came through !

Sunday dawned bright and clear or so I thought...

After lunch my friend Karen and I visited Westfield Village in Rockton for a couple of hours sketching. We each chose our spot and went to work..

I fell in love with this rally old homestead that stood apart from the main attractions

Hmm not a very good photo but you get the idea!

This was completed in about 20 min so I wandered off to see wht Karen was up to .

She wasn't quite finished her piece so I sat down and did a quick sketch of the old church though the tree's



To round off the weekend on Monday morning I decided to sketch my breakfast :-)


 Cinnamon Bun and coffee ...Mmmm


All done in pen and ink some with the addition of water soluble graphite


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Perspective Drawing

Today I spent the day with like minded people coming to grasp with 'perspective' in all its forms, some easy some not so much, in fact some of it mind boggling!

Once I got my brain wrapped around 'foreshortening' we went on to 'curvilinear' . If I thought foreshortening was difficult try curvilinear !
Throw all the rules we just learned out the window ...

Yes it was fun and a big thank you to Brenda Murray for the lessons

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