Sketching at the local farmers’ market is drawing subject overload. A sketcher’s dream. So our local sketch group, Let’s Draw Davis, met there headed up by Pete Scully, a locally and maybe internationally known urbansketcher. (He also had published sketching books in which some of my sketches are in.)
I’ve been trying to get more quick sketch people in. I love sketching people performing, all dressed up or just behaving in a normal fashion. The arm of the band singer and the head of the nursing mother is a bit off but quick sketching is about capturing the gesture – no concern about getting the proportions right.
Check out my Flickr page for more sketches. Enjoy!
For the month of August I had been taking an intensive online painting lessons and had not been able to paint. But I’m able to put in some sketches.
Sunday morning I took my mother to the UCD arboretum. Many gardens and native plants. Then we came to a hill with benches that overlook the arboretum. Breathtaking! I hoped I was able to capture the faraway trees and the water flowing.
The sketching group that I meet every month met today in the over 100 degree F heat to sketch Davis. The goal was to sketch the hidden spots that are so common in downtown Davis, small boutique shops and unique restaurants. I managed to sketch an antique store front but sketching the sketchers inspired me more.
The nice thing about the internet is its source of references. I have collected photos of ethnic faces to paint. I haven’t had much time or energy to paint in oils. But a 12 pan watercolor palette and a Moleskine sketchbook that I carry always in my handbag and my smartphone, I can paint anytime or anywhere.
Spending most of my time caring for my mother. Sketching keeps me active; keeps the creative juice going. I carry very minimal supplies; my Moleskine sketchbook, 5×8 inches, pen, white gel pen and watercolor set with a waterbrush – all fits in my bag.
I’m continuing on with my daily sketching in my Moleskine sketchbook. I had started out using a Lamy Safari pen filled with Noodler’s black ink. The lines were not as fine even though the nib was a EF (extra fine). So I switched over to a Pilot penmanship (from Japan) and the nib is very fine. Love it!
Then I came across a children’s book, The Gift of the Magi illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. Her drawings look so delicate of watercolor and light brown ink, possibly sepia. The lines are not that bold. So fortunately I had Walnut Ink by Tom Norton. I filled the ink in the Lamy Safari and the lines are perfect – not too thick. And also it appears that the ink does not dissolve with the watercolors.
I had just signed for an online workshop, “Draw Like It’s Hot” in Sketchbook Skool . It’s about drawing food. I welcomed this challenge to sketch food but also to record through drawings food that I used to prepare for a meal. In the final assignment we are to prepared a sketch of a recipe that would be posted on a food recipe website. Kinda like illustrating for a book.
I had been carrying around a Moleskine Sketchbook for getting some sketching in. I had been using a Fabriano notebook but found the paper to be too thin. What I liked about the Moleskine is that the paper is thick and holds a light wash of watercolor well.
Here’s one of my favorite pages of sketches…parents and coaches watching soccer and my mother. With people I worked with quick gestural lines to capture the expression of the spectators. Most of them “posed” for about a minute or two. The sitting spectators posed longer. And, of course, my mother posed longer.