I’ve been sketching every day, following the #sketchendeavour group on Instagram. Sketching can be fast and energetic or slow and deliberate. I’ve found a nice middle ground after a week; when I spend about 20-30 thoughtful minutes drawing by studying line and shape, I’m pleased with the end result no matter how realistic it is. A final once over for detail is needed at that point, and I put the photo away, shading, erasing, and adding lines where my eye finds gaps and I need more definition.
I’ve been practicing angles:
I’m also focusing on motion:
And finding lots of little cuties from the petting zoo:
Artist Andrew Tischler posted a challenge for artists to improve their drawing skills by sketching every day. His video is inspiring–he’s already so accomplished and yet he’s sketching for two hours every day!
I can hardly find two hours, but I can find fifteen to twenty minutes now and then to practice. I’m using a Stillman & Birn multimedia sketchbook and either my Blackwing pencils or a lead holder with a 2B lead.
We’ll see where it takes me.
Days 1 and 2:
Both using Golden High Flow Acrylics on Strathmore 400 acrylic paper.
I experimented with painting one on a golden background and the other with a gray underpainting. Both methods created unusual effects. The golden background definitely made the painting bright and crisp. The gray underpainting looked nearly done on its own. I added several layers of paint, but I’ve learned to test colors first for transparency as some of the shadows were blotted out and needed repainting.
This cutie was studying my neighbors when I snapped its picture. I used a second reference photo of a field of weeds for the background.
Golden High Flow Acrylics can be used much like watercolor, so there’s a comfortable familiarity for me. They’re great for glazing. I love the glow that appears when a layer of Nickel Azo Gold is brushed over pretty much any other color. I’m struggling with detail, though. I either overdo it with a bold color or wash everything out with too much white. For this one, I ended up using some colored pencil for the finer lines.
I used a watercolor canvas board for this tiny 5″x7″ painting. Next, I’ll try these acrylics on paper.