Did this one from a photo of a sailboat in Charleston Harbor, taken from the Harbor Master's dock. I did the mostly single line drawing, starting with the sailboat, and finishing with the marsh grass in the foreground. I used a Lamy Safari pen with an extra file nib loaded with Carbon black ink. The dark accents were done with a Pentel Pocket Brush pen. I then used a limited palette of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine blue… I changed water brushes to do the sky last and that brush appears to have had a bit of red in it, as the sky took on a violet color… a happy accident as I think it works.
I filled in the weather forecast this morning, but they were wrong big time about the high, I guess the weather man was hoping for cooler weather, it hit 88 degrees and kept going all the way to 95 today. Fooling around with colors today and a quote or two about color.
I've enrolled in yet another online drawing course, this one from one of my favorite Urban Sketchers, Marc Taro Holmes… so this is my homework for step one a single line ink drawing. I must admit that I did this from one of my photos of a church steeple in downtown Charleston SC, taken in 2010 with no reference to which church it might be. You will notice that I cheated on the single line by adding the bell tower windows… Marc says a bit of cheating is allowed. Check out his blog (lots of free downloads there) and the link to his Craftsy classes http://citizensketcher.com/videos/travel-sketching-in-mixed-media-video-course/
Met with my new Flute teacher for our first lesson tonight, I think it went well and I like her very much. She's already helped me with some issues I was having, I need one on one instruction sometimes. Having someone say… try it this way gives me that aha moment.
Did you have a sock monkey as a kid? My grandmother made me one, as well as a clown doll that I loved. I loved the sock monkey the best, it was so soft and cuddly. I know they make them in factories these days, but I think grandmother made monkey are better.
I have this little clay clown fish that I made years ago, sitting on my monitor stand, along with my other 'toys' like Dogbert, the Rhino eraser, the fuzzy elephant and my wooden artist model dude. Attended a picnic today between thunderstorms, great food and friends.
All caught up on my Imaginary trip to Scotland pages… this one was interesting to do with the pre-drawn boxes.
Looks more like an orange apple than a peach… embrace the wonky peach, it's the best I can do tonight… I was going to add ink but decided against it. Worked on my homework for my Imaginary Trip to Scotland instead, got part of week one's homework done before week 2 lesson is posted tomorrow.
My little fuzzy elephant screen cleaner, sits atop my Mac monitor… waiting to clean my screen with his fuzzy belly, or to be a model for me to draw. Today he did both, cleaned my screen, and served as a model.
Just a doodle today, Monday's I drive to Columbia (about 180 miles 1 way) for work, that means I'm up at 5am and on the road at 6:30 to get up over there by 8 am or close to it depending on traffic. It makes for a long exhausting day for me. Next Monday I have a flute lesson with a new teacher, I'm looking forward to meeting her and getting help with some issues I'm having… but I expect next Monday will be even more of a challenge… that old Beatles song…. Monday, monday can't trust that day…. is my theme song.
If you haven't watched it yet, may I suggest 'The Science of Stupid' on National Geographic channel on Friday evenings. It can have you laughing so hard you can't stop, with you tube videos of people doing stupid things and then the explanation of why they failed and how to do it right based on science. One of the 'Top Gear' crew is the show's host, can you guess who from my drawing? I used the General Sketch and Wash pencil I got in my swag bag at the USK Chicago workshops in July.