Monday, September 1, 2014

Draw Your Awesome Year

August is over,


And September is just beginning:


Joanne Sharpe continues to come up with interesting ideas for our monthly pages.  In this one we did a Trompe L'Oeil effect, drawing a composition book and writing tools on our journal page.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fishing For Our Lunch

The Galata Bridge in Istanbul is crowded with fishermen - yes, all men.  My husband and I enjoyed a fish sandwich for lunch shortly after I snapped the photo which inspired yesterday's sketch .

Saturday, August 30, 2014

You Can Draw in 30 Days

I finished Mark Kistler's book in 7 days and it is too soon to tell if I draw any better, but I did complete all of the lessons and I feel I learned a few things.

Here are a few more samples from my sketchbook:






My major objective in reading this book was to see if I could master perspective.  We'll see if I can translate these lessons into drawings of my own.


 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sunset in Vancouver

We were treated to a fabulous dinner chez Janice and Jim this week. Janice challenged me to a sunset photo from their patio. Not bad - I even got a freighter in for her. She loves those!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You Can Draw in 30 Days


I'm making my way through Mark Kistler's You Can Draw in 30 Days.  Here are a few of my sketchbook pages so far:









Monday, August 25, 2014

Alcohol Ink ATC Experiment

When I had my alcohol inks out a couple of weeks ago, I wrapped the fabric applicator around my finger and loosely applied some green and brown inks to the photo paper. After it was dry, I went in with a pen and drew the tree.
I love the vivid colors of the alcohol inks and the looseness of this application technique. I can see myself trying other "painting" techniques with this medium.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Garage Gets Ink

After doing Across the Street  in pencil crayons, I realized that my Garage was severely lacking in contrast. The thin drawing paper won't take more paint, so I added ink to the drawing.

It's better, but not great. One day I hope to learn to resist the urge to paint on thin paper. Or be confident enough in my skills to just draw in the watercolor journal.