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:
This one started as a winter scene but I honestly got confused with adding snow, so I swapped back to warm weather. I used two reference photos from Paint My Photo, and the branches and leaves were from observing the crab apple in our yard–with plenty of artistic license.
I used a piece of Strathmore 500 Illustration Board for this, and I absolutely loved it. It’s sturdy, takes water, and has a very minimal texture. Expensive? Yes, but it’s perfect for this medium.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever paint anything but birds. They’ve fluttered around my brushes and pencils and paper for the past few months, and now that I’m pairing them with Inktense as a medium, they’re not showing signs of flying south.
The Bluejay and Goldfinch photos come from Paint My Photo yet again, a wonderful place to find all those closeups you can’t take yourself.
Although I’m pleased with the rainy day Bluejay, I like the colors in the Goldfinch painting. Inktense is responsive to layering, so anything that looks plain or washed out can be strengthened with a quick second or third gazing.