Daily Art – Making a habit of sketching

I’ve made a concerted effort to start a daily habit of sketching or drawing. I have found a great amount of groups on Facebook and online to get sketching exercises.  As you know, I am a Facebook addict and I’ve selected a few groups.  My criteria for selection is activity and the number of members.  Memberships that run in the tens of thousands are too big, and the administrators are usually too bogged down to be effective in the groups; however if the group is active and the group members provide assistance, I am all for it!  Below are the groups I found are the most active in the group and the administrators do a great job in overseeing the activities.

  • Sketching Everyday – I really like this group.  Very active group that allows you to post “off prompt” sketches.  The administrator is active and provides great daily themes.  A small intimate group under 1000 but very supportive.  Plus, periodically during the month there are artist studies selected as the daily prompt.
  • Sketchbook Skool: A Drawing A Day – This group is part of the Sketchbook Skool Facebook group, as well as the Sketchbook Sketching Skool.
  • Doodlewash – Has a community outside of Facebook where you can post your completed art as well as sign up for their forum.  Doodlewash also has a Facebook page, World Watercolor Group with 72k membership.  Daily sketch themes are found here.
  • Daily Sketch Challenge – There is a nice monthly list provided; however I do not see many submission to the challenged
  • Urban Sketchers – This is a huge group with subgroups all around the world. So if you live in a metropolitan area, you might find a urban group near your area.  I found this an interesting group with lots of art submissions from around the world.  I find it interesting to see sketches of locations around the world that I would love to visit!
  • Virtual Sketchwalk – This group selects cities or locations around the world, provides a walking map and photos for members to draw.  Interesting concept.  Haven’t tried it yet, but will do a few of their challenges.  Its an active group even though there are under 1000 members.

The Sketching Everyday group is doing an alphabet series for September. I decided to complete my month doing animal sketches.  Doodlewash is doing a month theme of celebrations.  If you’ve not incorporated a daily routine of sketching, I invite you to follow along with any of the sites listed above.  The drawing of sketches can be simple 15 minute sketches in any medium, a quick doodle or a formal drawing/painting.   My sketches below were ten minute to two hour drawings.

Please note:  The old house is a Seth Clark Study.  Selected topic by the Sketching Everday group.  The Lady With A Cup is a Fred Callibri Study.

 

 

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Choosing an art medium and being a Facebook addict artist

I think there should be FAA (Facebook Anonymous Addicts) for artists!  There are just too many art groups online, and for an aspiring beginning artist who is trying to decide what medium is best for my personality, I am finding that I want to join all of the art groups. There are acrylic groups, painting groups, pastel groups, sketching groups, color pencil artist groups, beginning groups, marketing groups, tattoo groups, ink and pencil groups, gouache group, graphite groups,  etc.  There are so many Facebook groups with great examples of art that it is hard to specialize in one art medium when all the art mediums are appealing.   Unfortunately, art supplies are expensive so I must make a concerted effort to decide what medium I should concentrate on.

Here is what I know about myself as an artist: 1) I am impatient; 2) I need quiet time to complete my projects; 3) I seek stress relief; 3) mess, clutter and stuff all over the place gives me anxiety 4) love spontaneity; 5) enjoy pieces with lots of color; 6) need to work in chunks of time; 6) want my art supplies to be simple; and 7) I like to change from realistic and loose/impressionist artwork.   To date, I have tried acrylics, color pencil art, sketching with pencils and inks and watercolors.  I’ve painted and drawn on canvas, rocks, hot and cold watercolor paper, drafting paper and sketchbooks. Here is are my conclusions on what art I like to do!

  • Sketching and watercolor in sketchbooks and journals- feeds my spontaneity, it’s easy and portable—so I can get into Urban Sketching and 15 – 30 minute short thematic sketching
  • Color Pencil Art – Allows me to work in chunks of time, supplies are simple, and it’s portable.
  • Inks, markers and watercolors/watercolor pencils: combines spontaneity, lots of color and doesn’t make all the mess that acrylics, pastels and charcoal does.
  • Acrylics – Although I don’t like the mess, I will use acrylics occasionally. I do like all the bright colors and the impressionistic or expressionism painting. Acrylic probably my least favorite to use, but I can play on huge canvasses.
  • Watercolors – I’ve not used watercolors in it’s pure form other than in sketching, but have used watercolor pencils.  I love the translucency of the art form…just need to do some practice pieces.

So where I am going with this?  I thought I would share a few pieces (some you’ve seen, sorry) so you can suggest what I might be good at.  Remember, I am still a beginner, but hopefully you might give me suggestions on where my focus should be…or is it okay to be a artist of all trades.  Is that what creativity is all about?

Acrylics 

 

 

 

Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil

 

 

Sketching with Watercolors, Markers and Pen

 

 

 

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Fourteen day challenge

The Facebook group, The Art Apprentice, a beginning artist group is having a 14 day art challenge to celebrate their 1000th member.   Since I am a moderator of the group, I need to make sure I participate!  I am doing catch-up on my art pieces and sketches, but here are a few drawings I’ve completed.  Some of the sketches I’ve done are very quick, but I am exercising my “right side of my brain”  by completing daily art pieces.  Feel free to follow along with your own sketches, or leisurely pick a few challenges to do  At the moment we are on day 7.

Day 1: The Number 1000
Day 2: Colorful Balloons
Day 3: Eye/eyes
Day 4: Something Sweet
Day 5: Your Zodiac Sign
Day 6: Your favorite Flower
Day 7: Your favorite Cartoon Character
Day 8: Something in your Room
Day 9: Something you don’t like
Day 10: An art supply you would like to buy
Day 11: Something Bright and Cheerful
Day 12: Your Countries Flag
Day 13: Your Favorite Book
Day 14: Something that makes you smile

My quick drawings:

Day 1:   The Number 1000.  I used Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and Derwent Inktense pencils.  Micron Ink pens and Derwent Inktense pencils are waterproof.  The Micron pens are archival for any of your fine art. Because the Pigma ink is waterproof, you can put watercolor pencils/paint over the ink without smearing the initial drawing.  I used it on my little worm I created from the number 1000.

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Day 2: Colorful balloons. I used Delish watercolor pencils and the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens to complete my watercolor color balloons.  I preferred the piece before I put the spots on the balloons, but I am told the dots look like graffiti.  I’ll let you decide…

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Day 3:  An eye.  Completed my eye using Derwent Watercolor pencils and Arteza Fineliners Fine Point Pens.  Love these pencils and pens. All I needed to do was use watercolor brush pens on the ink to spread the colors.

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Day 4: Something Sweet:  This was a really quick sketch of gummy bears.  I used Arteza watercolor pencils to complete the gummy bears.

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Thanks for letting me share.  Hopefully I’ve given you inspiration to do your own challenges!

 

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Completed Flamingo

Just thought I would share my completed flamingo.  I shared the piece a few weeks ago when it was only halfway completed.  This beauty is going to be in the Tuleluke, Butte County fair so wish me luck!  Also, for those who want to try your art using color pencils on drafting film, I encourage you to do so as an alternative to traditional paper

The flamingo was completed on Grafix Matte 0.005 Dura-Lar Film using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils.   I used the reverse side to add value by darkening and lightening the areas of the wings.  I used cream as the base, then layered light magenta, dark cadium orange, salmon, and light pink.  For areas that needed shadows, I added the cold grey III and manganese violet on the reverse side of the piece.

  1. You can erase the film easily using a good tombow eraser or using any polymer eraser.  I tend to like tombow erasers since the manufacturer produces very thin erasers for removing very fine lines.
  2. Since it’s a clear matte film, you can trace directly from a lightbox. There are several lightboxes available.  Here is one of my favorites–TicTech Ultra Thin Portable LED Tracer
  3. Color pencils adhere and blend easily.  I used Faber Castell, Polychromos which are oil based pencils, but Sanford Prismacolors Premier or other wax based pencils work well on drafting film surfaces

Artist Karen Hull, has information on the use of drafting film, as well as several tutorials you might be interested in.

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Nature illustration

I have been working on this illustrative nature piece for 5 weeks and just completed the piece. It was my first piece conpleted on Grafix Duralar Drafting Film and I shared the uncompleted piece a few blogs ago. I kept procrastinating putting the color pencils down thinking that the it was too complicated for me complete.  I saw a similar illustration in a reference book and thought, “I can do something expand to the illustration and add my own insects, butterflies and other touches!  I used a few pictures from reference photos for the nature element and drew freehand what I thought might be interesting.

Pencils used: Arteza 72 Expert pencils, Faber Castell Polychromos 120 count and Prismacolor Priemers,

My thoughts is to create a few retail items with the piece.  Stay tuned for details….

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