Few selections from my sketchbook this month. I’m working on mixed media faces, pen & ink and illuminated decorations.
I want to watercolor journal but have the typical fear of using paper and making bad art. Its part of the reason I like my ring journal so I can easily destroy anything I don’t want to see again. I got a ton of cheap 140 lb cold press water color paper from Dick Blick but have had trouble working up the guts to draw on it.
It occurred to me last night that I could doodle practice on it and learn how to apply watercolor in a low stress way. I’m surprised at how much richer the colors are on nicer paper.
Last night I broke out some Joy Sikorski books: How to Draw a Radish, Clam and Witch and went to town.
Daisys copied from a Cathy Johnson book. Others are quick sketches with photos on my iPad.
I mostly have the day off so I thought I’d tackle the Book of the Night Warm Up. I didn’t do it exactly as described but as closely as I could stand too. The shadowy mist did not turn out the way I hoped. Nothing stuck to the slick acrylic background including the layer of fear words.
I think my name on my father’s tombstone is spooky. It may be the only tombstone my name will appear on. When he passed away 2 years ago on my birthday, he turned into (in my mind/grieving) the father archetype rather than the flawed human being. I am happy to have enjoyed him in the last year of his life.
By H. P. Lovecraft
There is no ideal sketchbook or journal. In my search I started creating a mixed paper journal that is ‘junior sized’ half of a page of 8.5 x 11 that is hole punch for that size of binder. I collect a variety of paper and mix it up. Colored card stock, parchment, drawing, watercolor, sketching, found, prepped acrylic color field, etc.
For the cover I use report covers (black) that I purchased from Oregon Laminates and also sheets of acetate so you can see through. Sometimes I’ll put multiple cover sections in if I want the journal to open up in multiple places (extra sketching paper). I’m using binder rings to keep it together. Its a little bulkier than a normal sketch book. Not too bad if I use the smallest binder rings (but I worry I’d run out of paper with the smaller one). They fold over flat at any page so there is no fighting how the pages open. I like the variety of surfaces, sometimes I skip around if I want a certain paper but I also like to let what ever happens happen. I can journal, sketch, draw, paint, make to-do lists, archive the stuff I’m tired of looking at.
What I discovered in the last couple of days is I like how charcoal looks on the craft paint acrylic fields I’ve been creating in hopes of Art Journaling.
- Photo 1: Cover of Journal with Grid making device
- Photo 2: Prismacolor Sanguine Sketching Pencil (top) and Green china maker (bottom)
- Photo 3: Charcoal
- Photo 4: Prismacolor Sketch Set (Charcoal and Chalk Pencils)
95% Blind. Pen can’t leave paper. But you can look back and forth as needed.
Took me a few days to figure out how to get faces for the next exercises in Experiential Drawing. Used the 9-11 Edition of Time Magazine because they had huge portraits.
Love doing this. More Blind Drawings.
I started working through the exercises in Experiential Drawing by Robert Regis Dvorak which I checked out from the library. Starting with a ton of Blind Contour Hand Drawings, Some where you can check back and forth, Left Hand Drawing and finally being able to pick up your pen.