Sketching Course week 6 – bags and roofs

 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.

More Sketching with Liz Steel – Weeks 4 and 5

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.

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.