This sketching course is a blast – although it takes up a surprisingly large amount of time. We only have two pieces of homework a week but it’s easy to get behind.
This week our first indoor assignment was to sketch our (sketching) bag with minimal pencil setup. My first attempt (bottom) I failed with the minimal setup and drew it all out first before I realized what had happened. The second attempt (top) went a little better and putting some color on improved things no end.
Our second task was drawing a roofscape (we weren’t meant to do the building but again I couldn’t help myself). This caught my eye as we were out for a walk yesterday evening and I came back in the daylight to sketch it. The shapes of the roofs and the way they interlocked with each other caught my eye as well as the contrast between the dark roof and the white walls. Now I look back on it the spire is too stumpy but without the photo you wouldn’t know that.
I started lightly with pencil then went in with the pen. I found the windows hard to draw without them looking awkward – broken lines helped here. I put the color on back in the warm where it wasn’t snowing.
Week 4 was about drawing volume and we were instructed to draw a pile of books first in pencil then inking and watercoloring. The pencil lines had to describe the volume in a wire-frame kind of way – drawing all edges even if we couldn’t see them. Frankly I wasn’t as careful as I could have been on this – I was getting behind and jumped in with the ink pretty early. It was great fun to do and I’m happy with the result. The sketchbook is getting to look pretty good.
The setup. 4 of my favorite books.
Week 5 was meant to be a careful measuring week. Which I almost completely ignored and just leapt straight in with the ink and wash. Not too shabby though.
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.