Sketchbooks

  • A sketchbook page with line art drawings of two female faces. There is a filter effect over the image making it green and yellow.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Line Art: Practicing Faces

    Tonight’s drawing is a quick sketch that I inked in Copic multiliner (mostly 0.1, with 0.5 for the outer edges). I want to practice using the Ohuhu skin tone marker set. The upper half of the page was color blending practice from December, which I shared in my skin tone practice post. I want to make sure the ink is completely dry before coloring, so the markers will have to wait til tomorrow.

  • Linear ink drawing of a fairy woman in a long dress, curtsying. Pens are lined up next to the drawing.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Butterfly Wings and Curtsies

    I woke up feeling like I had no idea what I wanted to sketch today, so I decided to run with an idea from earlier this week of studying butterfly wing anatomy a little more closely. Then, because I wanted to have an ink drawing to test out my Ohuhu markers on, I sketched a fairy princess character. I’m going to behave and let the ink properly dry overnight before trying to apply any color to it this time.

  • Sketchbook page with a linear drawing of a living room, showing a futon, lap, wall coat rack, and coffee table.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Living room sketch

    I took time this morning after drinking coffee to sketch the living room. It was a fun exercise, sticking with pen only (and later brush markers for shadows) and having to commit to the lines I put down. The perspective and proportions got way off for the coffee table and the heating vent just beyond the doorway. But I like how it turned out, even if it’s a bit skewed.

  • Sketchbook page with ink drawings of objects. Behind the sketchbook is a can of sparking water, a laptop, and a mechanical pencil and eraser.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Late Night Sketching

    Tonight’s sketchbook page: the objects on the coffee table in front of me. Hey, sometimes you just gotta work with what you have. I didn’t sit down to draw until 9:30pm-ish, so considering it took me about 45 minutes of drawing time, I feel pretty proud that I completed a page. I was not feeling good after dinner and had convinced myself that art and blogging were not in the cards tonight. But after laying down for a couple hours and drinking room temp sparkling water, I’m happy to say I still reached for my sketchbook.

  • Sketchbook page with a watercolor painting of five apples on a wooden table. The second half the page contains painted butterflies in green and black.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks,  Traditional Painting

    Apples and Butterflies and Beloved Playlists

    I’m glad I filled a sketchbook page, even if at first it felt like my heart wasn’t in it tonight. Pushing past the “I don’t feel like this/I don’t know what to draw that’s good enough” thoughts and into painting and drawing as an act of love for the practice itself: is that the secret to maintaining a regular art practice?

  • A sketchbook page with marker and fineliner pen drawings of potion bottles, leaves, a zippered pouch, markers, and a lotion tin. Drawing materials are piled to the right of the sketchbook.
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Sketchbook Randomness

    Holds up spork! (kidding!*) Well after yesterday’s lengthy post, tonight’s will be very short. I gathered a bunch of markers in fineliners in a gray/pink/purple/gold color scheme and sketched what was nearby on my desk. Hooray for being productive in kind of laid back way.

  • A watercolor painting of a black woman in a chemise, standing on a red carpet and in front of a patterned green wallper. There are water color palette next to the painting
    Figure Drawing,  Life Musings,  Sketchbooks,  Traditional Painting

    Finished Painting: Chemise Study

    I was thinking I’d title this painting “A Soft Chemise” or something, but it was meant to be a study of cloth folds, so maybe just keeping “study” in the title works. I don’t want to have to title every sketch and drawing in my sketchbook. That would be rough, giving things titles is just ugh. Yesterday’s experiments were useful, though I ended up using a lot less of the iridescent paint – just on the gold slippers.