Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Watercolor with Ink Washes
I've drawn my baby shoes before, but I thought they would make an interesting grisaille subject because they are white.
I broke out my new hardcover Strathmore 140lb watercolor journal for this. A big step; I must keep repeating "This journal is not precious. This journal is not precious." You'd think being an accountant that I might understand the concept of "sunk cost" a little more than I do.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Watercolour with Ink Washes
I finished another drawing done for Steven Reddy's class using the grisaille technique. I drew this in my back yard where I sit on sunny, summer days enjoying a cup of tea and a good book.
Right now I'm revisiting a favorite Hannah Hinchman publication: A Trail Through Leaves - The Journal as a Path to Place. I must admit, my sketchbook/journal is trying to look like hers right now. I'm a hopeless mimic.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
I've been thinking more about the various ways of rendering values since my study of grisaille this past week. With colored paper, one way to do this is to let the paper tone stand in for the middle value. The next pages in my journal were these creamy ones, so I chose these wooden items for my planner page next week.
There is just no end to the variations available with drawing!
Friday, June 12, 2015
I just finished a new online class, Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor Steven Reddy is a wonderful teacher, and the Craftsy platform is great.
The class teaches contour drawing, and creating depth with grisaille, a grey ink wash. Watercolors and finishing touches are then added to the drawing.
Here are the various stages of my drawing, so you can see how easy it is:
Three Grisaille Layers
Needless to say there are all kinds of new ideas and questions rattling around in this brain of mine:
- Size: I worked larger than I usually do - do I like this?
- Paper: Do I need another journal? (LOL)
- How can I apply this ancient technique to other media, like pencil crayons?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
We have a wonderful birdhouse in our backyard made by an artist from one of the lovely Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia. I was happy to draw it for the Every Day in May challenge.