Monday, September 28, 2009

I'm a fan!

This is George Donaldson, 40 year old singer in the Irish group Celtic Thunder at the time he made the video I drew this from. He's the oldest of the group but still younger than me. They're all cute and wonderful musicians and singers as individuals. Maybe I'll get around to drawing all of them, eh?
Grahite, about 6x8 inches in my sketchbook, drawn from the YouTube video in about 40 minutes plus 40 wasted minutes tweaking. I'm having a tough time with ears lately, not just his.
I placed an interlibrary request for Celtic Thunder's first DVD. Damien was only 14 then and still hitting the high notes. I never saw that PBS special. I have never regretted donating my car a few years ago to the PBS channel KCET, I just wish they'd stop bugging me already.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Many firsts

Used Li's (lisilk) WDE reference to attempt many firsts:
First ATC/ACEO size.
First gouache.
First time to use the Pentalic w/c paper.
Attempted the pop art challenge, using Blue Dog as inspiration.
His name is Buddy, nicknamed Boo-Boo, a Queensland Heeler.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Urban sketch #2

8am on Joanne Ave in Ventura, CA. Mom was getting some labwork done. I've been wanting to do a street with parked cars and trees. I couldn't translate the color of the street but it was brightly reflecting sunshine. Yup, I think that does it. Ink & watercolor in the 6x8 inch watercolor pad.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sketchcrawl 24

I'm only posting my favorite sketch from Sketchcrawl #24. I did five and shared them on the Urban Sketcher's group on Flickr and on Wetcanvas. I didn't find an all inclusive Sketchcrawl community on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Urban sketch #2

This is my view from the treadmills and elliptical machines at my gym. After my workout today, I went out and sketched this. 30 min, ink & watercolor in a 6x8 inch watercolor pad.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Painting my Palettes

Been feeling a bit disconnected lately. I was sitting up in my room, staring at my big empty sketchbook. It's 12x15x1 inches, and very heavy so it's got luggage handles attached. Apparently I had started some color charts in the back so I added inktense and graphtints charts. It hit me that this paper isn't sized but at least it didn't pill or bleed through. So I started painting my palettes. These are on different areas of back to back pages, so I p'shopped them into one picture: the Koi pan set of 18 (my favorite because of the blues & greens), the W&N Cotman pans, and my palette with the Marie's Chinese Watercolor tube paint which I leave to dry in a plastic palette.

I was surprised how well they turned out. I've been quite convinced how bad I am at watercolor but now I've just done three watercolor sketches in a row that I'm happy with. IRL, the sketches aren't that wonky perspectivewise...blame the photographer for not getting a straight shot.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Urban sketch #1

Struggled to create something this weekend...until I drove a little old lady to church. This is Santa Clara Chapel. There's a bell out front signifying it's historically significant to California. Maybe someday I'll find out why. Gel pen in my 4x6 inch handmade leatherbound journal. This is Urban #1 because I'm going to start counting them in this blog.
My WDE sucked, but I posted it to AMAE "in the spirit."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I don't do salad.

His name is Andy. There's a resemblance but I don't know if he still looks as close to three years old as the reference, I think he looks a tad older. (Oldrockchick) Lin's son didn't want to eat his veggies many years ago. I hope I got the facial expression, even if his eyes aren't quite right (O_o) Graphite in my big sketch book. Original sketch is 6x8 inches.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

English Rose

Another acrylic 4x4 from the WDE hosted by Lin (oldrockchick). I think it looks better from a distance so I'm putting it high up on my wall. I don't think I've ever successfully painted a rose before. I sketched a nice ink pen quickie once, while waiting for my turn at a mammogram. TMI?