Thursday, October 18, 2007

First water colour pencil

So today I tried out my new watercolour pencils. I have never used them before. A very good friend of mine, who has moved overseas, has given me his old set of WC pencils as well as a box of Art Spectrum pastels and two other small boxes of pastels - a big thank you to you Bruce!!!

I enjoyed using them. Wish I hadn't tried to be clever with the background. May go over it with pastels and lift the whole thing. The reference photo was of a Ranunculus from my garden.

Here is the original photo:

I'll definitely give them another go but I'll need to learn a bit more about WC techniques with brushes as well, but Ill have fun trying in the meantime.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Scavenger Hunt #59

#1 a creamer, challenge #1 in red and black only, CP on cartridge paper, 20 mins. (Not really happy with this - need a better eraser for colour pencil as mine didn't work so well).

#2 washing machine, graphite on cartridge paper, 35 mins. Had to stand in the doorway to see the machine to sketch it, most uncomfortable!

Go to Wet Canvas to find out more about the Scavenger Hunts.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Keeping track of your art work

I read about a great way to keep track of your artworks at Jo Castillo's blog, who referred to Belinda Lindhardt's Art Journal. Looks like it could be a great way to keep track of your artworks.

Belinda Lindhardt - Art Journal: Keeping Track of Your Work

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Scavenger Hunt #58

Onto a new scavenger hunt from Wet Canvas.

#1 something with two languages on it. Graphite on A4 cartridge paper, 30 mins.

#2 something soft and a blanket with folds. Graphite, coloured pencil and charcoal on A4 cartridge paper, just over 1 hour.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Scavenger Hunt #57

I have discovered Wet Canvas, an online community of artists. And, in their Art from Life section, they have a scavenger Hunt, where a list of items (around 25 or so) is published every 9 days, and the artist is to make a sketch of each item, or group them together in a still life, but to only take maximum an hour for each sketch.

Below are my sketches for the scavenger hunt so far.

#1,2,3 - my pencil case, a stapler, scissors. Pencil on cartridge paper, 30 minutes.

#4 - a tin can, challenge to draw a pyramid. Pencil on cartridge paper, 45 minutes.

#5,6,7 - something to measure with, a powder used in cooking, a cake slice. Coloured pencil on cartridge paper, about 1 hour.

I can see room for improvement in each sketch, which is a great reason to keep doing this. It will help me to see what I need to do to improve my own work.

And now here is #8 - someone working, although I have stretched that a bit. It is a sketch of Katie doing her washing up. Pencil on cartridge paper, 25 mins. (It is pretty rough as I have not sketched many people before but thought I'd give it a go).