Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sketch Book Sunday

In February I signed up for an on line Sketch Book course with Alisa Burke.  I have been working slowly through the lessons over the past few weeks/months.  I am finding to a good way to relax in the evening too.
I have also been putting my Polaroid Pogo printer to good use too.
This is the cover of my sketchbook it features a dried poppy seed head from my Sister in Laws garden plus a sketch of a shell.  There are reasons for these pictures.
Alisa Burke is having a reduction week for her on line course if you want to pop over and take a look, but be quick.
Getting to grips with pens and pencils with notes.
Moving onto to shading and light with a range of media.
Introducing colour.  I like using water colours and water colour pencils a lot.  Started using them when studying for my Fashion Degree and loved using them ever since.  They are a bit of an investment but they last a long time.  You can also buy them individually if a colour runs out.  I have still got my original tin bought in 1991 and added a few colours along the way.
Then a big sketch using the skills covered so far.  I am using an A5 sketchbook for portability but also I also have a chance of actually finishing pages.  i have signed up for the follow up course and I think I shall get a bigger sketchbook for that.
I decided to add some pictures of the item I was using to add another dimension.  It does not call for that in the classes but I wanted to be able to use them anywhere without having to carry a dried poppy seed in my handbag!
A change of media and on the left I used some of Sophie's wax crayons.  The picture on the right is Derwent  soft colouring pencils and some of these I have had since doing O'level Art and Design at 6th Form!
They are lovely to use and some are very small to hold so I may treat myself to a new set at some point.
Looking at patterns in everyday things meant more fun with my Polaroid Pogo!
Bold shapes and colour.
Doodling and shapes with colour to add depth.  I love doodling and letting my brain empty itself of the days
This is one of my favourite pages.  Bold lines and working quite quickly without being too precious resulted in something much better than I was expecting!  One of my favourite pages.
Moved onto lines, shapes and tone.
I am now working on a full page which I will show you when it is done. I thin that is enough sketchbook goodness for now.
I have really enjoyed this and wish that I had more time to work on it, but I am getting there..........gradually.


dottycookie said...

The last two seem to have taken on an almost sculptural quality, like carvings in an old church. I can see why you're pleased with them!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You are so talented..

Jill Eudaly said...

great sketchbook. I have been fooling aound with my camera a lot lately. I have not tryed the Pogo with anything but my cell phone. maybe today I'll try it with my point and shoot.

Mad about Craft said...

I wish I could draw, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler

Toffeeapple said...

Your sketchbook is looking good!

Julie said...

Great sketchbook work. I have a Pogo too but it's been sadly neglected for some time. I shall have to get it out again and follow your example.

Tatkis said...

I like your sketches very much - they are original and beautiful!


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