Liz Steel’s Sketching Course – Week 3

The final set of homework sketches for Liz Steel’s online sketching course.   We’re now working shadows into the shapes to build up to a full picture.  This isn’t technically part of the homework but something I did at the end in the way I would normally paint.  The exercises definitely helped a lot though.

The real life scene.  We had to pick a white object, a plain object and a patterned object (the apple got in too somehow).

First we did a negative shape sketch with just the background and foreground in color.  Pretty wonky drawing here!

Next we had to just draw the shadows in dark pencil – marked improvement here I think.   

Then we had to put everything together – draw the outline,  fill in the base color and then the shadows.  I wasn’t particularly pleased at the end so put some ink over the drawing to see if it improved matters.  It didn’t. 

Sketching Course

Liz Steel’s
Sketching Foundations online course and I’ve been busy keeping up with the assignments.

It’s been great fun so far.  Liz has obviously put lot of work into the material which includes videos, downloadable pdfs as well as blog posts. 

We’re currently on week 3 (abstracting shapes!) having done kit exploration and edges.  Here’s a subset of the action to date:

The first we explored our tools and made pen andwatercolor sketches of everything.  Great fun this!  We were encouraged to work briskly and confidently and if the lines came out wonky (a Liz Steel term!) so be it.  It’s all part of the charm.

This week is all about shapes and the outdoor exercise (we have indoor and outdoor exercises each week) was to sketch the shapes of letter boxes preferably in sunlight so there are strong shadows.   I found very little variability in the letterboxes (one of those new housing developmenets where everything is uniform) and happened upon a fire hydrant which did very well as a substitute.

One of the indoor exercises was to collect together a set of similarly colored objects and paint just the set of interlocking shapes without regard to actual edges.   Having done this I fancied just painting the objects anyway so went ahead and did that.  I was particularly pleased with the lettering.

A Mixed Bag

I was having one of those days where I didn’t want to commit to a ‘proper’ painting so I was rewatching one of Charles Reids DVDs (the flower ones) and painting along to some of his still life demos.

And some trees.   I really have to force myself to make the foliage uneven and lopsided.  But once the trunk and the branches are in they look perfectly fine.