Artists Studies

The Sketching Everyday Group on Facebook is doing artists studies for the month of January. However, during the year, the group includes a few artists studies a week with their daily art prompts. The group usually takes a break for one month during the year to do an alphabet project for our choosing.

I enjoy the artists studies, since it gives me an opportunity to learn about the artist, study their compositions, and see what is popular in the art world. Doing artists studies, also inspires me to develop my own style using different art mediums, and teaches me how to look critically at my own art pieces. Below are my sample drawings inspired from artists as renditions of their painting, or are similar in their style with a few of additions of my style or twists.

Sketch A Day App

I’m still doing my Sketch a day Applications through Facebook and now through the A Sketch a Day app on my android phone. The application is available for Android and Apple products. If you are looking for a way to jump start your drawing or painting habit this year, I recommend downloading the app and joining the community. Below is an overview from the developer:

Make a habit of drawing with Sketch A Day

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The idea is simple: every day, we set a new subject for everyone to draw. You do your sketch or drawing, take a photo, and upload it for that day for everyone to see.

You can sketch, draw, paint, use digital art apps. Whatever you like that gets you into the habit of drawing every day.

Submit as many as you like, and see your progress over time.

Lots of people are using Sketch a Day as a great way to start a positive habit. I have had many messages of support about the effect it has had on people’s mental health, wellness and mindfulness. Sketching is a great habit to get into, even if like so many people, you think you “can’t draw”. It’s a very peaceful, quiet and creative pastime, and receiving the help and support of others is a great way to feel good about yourself.

Sketch a Day is a wonderful, positive community with people from all over the world coming together to draw a common theme.

There are over 20,000 artists in the community now. It’s just growing faster and faster all the time!

If you want to learn, want to get back into drawing, or just want a quick practice or warm-up, then Sketch a Day could be perfect for you. For beginners, we have tips and tutorials each day. For the experts, you can post your images and show your skills to the world.

Did you know?

By drawing each day and getting likes, you can build your own private gallery of famous masterpieces.

Parental controls make Sketch a Day a safer place. You can prevent ‘adult material’ from being seen by your children by setting a PIN on the parental controls.

You can comment on people’s sketches so you can ask how they did it, ask for tips, give them some kudos or just be silly!

• You can also add your Instagram account name so people can follow you on Instagram quickly and easily.

When you’ve done a drawing, you can share it on Facebook straight from the app.

We have had some really creative drawings in our first few months. We’ve had pencils, watercolours, digital drawing, pen and ink, acrylics. We’ve had kids, adults, beginners, improvers and experts!

Places to Sketch

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Reference: Artist Network 

Sketching is the easiest way to hone your skills.  With just pen, pencil or paper it’s a matter of finding a place that’s interesting.  There are places that are accessible and will allow you to explore areas, items and places that you enjoy seeing.

Very Artful Places
Museums, sculpture gardens and public art spaces are one of many places to sit and sketch. You may not be the only one with the idea so keep your eyes peeled for sketch friends you didn’t know you had.

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Colorful Places
Close your eyes and think of color — vibrant, shout-out-loud color. Now think if any of those colors are connected to a place you know of or have visited.

Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows, or the colored lights of Las Vegas in the evening. The blinking, twinkling lights and colorful cars of the amusement part of country fair.

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Frequented Places 
Historic homes, fancy interiors or vintage automobile show is one of the best field trips for someone who loves architecture, interior design or urban cities simply because they love perspective and design.

You could also go to showrooms or even big box stories like IKEA. All of these might be the perfect setting for a sketch and you don’t have to do a thing to set the stage.

Preserved historic homes or open houses are a great way to get a peek in places you might not always go and get a sketch in as well.

In my mind these are also known as “sketch from bed” places. Why go anywhere? Have a sketch stay-cation and prop yourself up on your bed or sofa and sketch what you see: your pet, favorite houseplant, or kitchen sink. All of these can be worth your eye and creative attention.

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Childhood Memory Places
The best places to sketch from my childhood would be the zoo, circus, fair, playground and even an indoor skate rink (if you can find one). Seek out places that you have warm childhood memories of.  Your sketch will be infused with nostalgia but you also get the opportunity to bring that memory up to date, even if the locale isn’t exactly the same…though that would be really cool too.

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Very Unusual Places
Some of the best places to sketch are places that have nothing to do with art and may even be places you would never think to sketch. There are are interesting cities, abandoned farms, old forgotten buildings or vacated buildings.  But make sure your not trespassing, or if you need to, get permission from the owner. Most importantly, make sure you look out for your safety.

James Gurney and Marc Taro Holmes are great examples of awesome artists who take their art anywhere including parking lots. Gurney gets double the points for also watercolor sketching in a car dealership too. Marc shares tons of ideas and strategies on urban sketching in his book, The Urban Sketcher, that include exercises and troubleshooting for when you are out and about drawing the life around you. Plus he gives you pointers on sketching with a variety of materials: pencil, watercolor, and more.

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Public Eateries
Crowds both big and small are sometimes the best places to sketch. Think a busy coffee shop or crowded beach. The people watching will be second to none and you can zero in on something particular or take a vantage point that allows you to capture the whole scene.

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Natural Places
Go where the nature is! Take an interest in what’s around you. Bugs, trees, flowers…botanical gardens, community gardens, grove of fruit trees, a nearby park, your backyard or porch that might just have one brave potted plant lifting its face to the sky. Where is the natural world on display for you? Plop yourself there and stay awhile.

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Iconic Places
Places that are instantly recognizable are fun sketch subjects because they give you an instant compositional focus that you don’t have to think too hard about. These can be of the natural world (the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Mississippi River or Niagara Falls) or man-made (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mount Rushmore or the trolleys of New Orleans).

Grand Canyon is an Iconic Place well worth several sketches. What iconic places would be convenient for you to go to sketch?

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Everyday Places
Errands take you around your city or town a few times a week. Why not take a tour of your regular haunts with sketchbook in hand? Some of the best places to sketch are places that you know like the back of your hand: your favorite lunch spot or bookstore, the street where you live, your grocery store or post office.

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Seasonal Outings
Creativity can be sparked by different things depending on the season. In summer, seek out dramatically shady places. In winter, you could be drawn to sketching footsteps in the snow. Pumpkin patches, turning leaves or barrels of apples in fall and wildflowers and clear blue skies in spring. Seek out your seasonal favorites and spend a page or two sketching them. Winter sketching in your sketchbook or on a painting panel is just one way to capture the season. Imagine more–and for all four seasons.

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Using Photos to Travel
What is the most exotic place you can think of? Take a mental trip and and do a search on the computer or through the pages of a travel magazine and sketch a place that you might only know through photographs. Creative inspiration doesn’t have to reside within your city limits. Dream big and look far, and just be aware of the challenges of working from photos as you render your own “postcard” sketch.

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Elemental Places
Earth, air, fire and water. Each element probably evokes a different picture of a place in your mind. For me, water will always be the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the Venice canals. The sketches you do around the elements may be more symbolic than literal locales, but nothing wrong with that. But if you can marry the two, even better.

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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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So how do I start urban sketching?

Urban Sketching–what is it?

Drawing our life stories seems to be a universal part of human nature, going all the way back to prehistoric man in caves.  When talking about urban sketching, an emphasis is usually anything that focuses in capturing art in a creative way capturing people, places and things around us — in our sketchbooks or an art journal.

You can urban sketch in when traveling abroad, in your car, your backyard, while hiking on a nature trail, in the hustle and bustle of a city, or while sipping a cup of coffee at an outside cafe. What’s more, you can use the art materials you choose:  any size sketchbook, ink-pens, watercolors, colored pencil–any art materials that you consider portable.

Urban sketching, is sketching parts of your life, so your art is mixed in with you daily activities.  When you look through the pages of your sketchbook, you see your explorations, memories, creative moments and artful adventures all in one place. A diary of your artistic journey.

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Where can I Urban Sketch?

Urban sketching can be done on your own.  Visit museums, sculpture gardens, public art spaces, parks or maybe do a tour of homes within your community.  You can also sketch areas frequented by small or large crowds.  Think of a busy coffee shop or crowded beach.  “People watching” will be second to none and you can zero in on something particular or find an interesting vantage point.

Urban sketching is a great way to connect with others, you can likely find urban sketcher groups in your hometown and in most major cities — with more forming every day. There are free sketching outings, organized weekend workshops, and sketching conventions and symposiums that bring you and the sketching community together.

You can also find a community of urban sketchers online. Social media groups come together on various platforms, with sketchers from every corner of the world sharing their work and covering every possible subject.

Should I become an Urban Sketcher? 

Some people use photos to capture moments.  Why not capture your memorial moments sketching?  What could make you feel even more present in a moment than capturing it in a sketch? Everyone snaps photo’s of their moments but many times they get forgotten on a memory card or on the internet cloud. With urban sketching from your life, you get to tell a story in the moment, record your own unique artistic impression, as well as leave a fresh and a direct impression that can never be replicated.  These are memories that are journalized in books you can touch, art that you can share with your friends and family, and a history of your life that will last forever.

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How to Urban Sketch?

Mix materials together, and don’t worry about whether your drawing is “right.” It’s more important to capture a moment. What do you want a viewer to see? Start there and work out.  Once you have your supplies packed up and ready to go, here are a few key urban sketching tips to keep in mind:

Keep it simple: A pencil or pen, a journal or sketchbook, and a small set of watercolors are the go-to choice of many sketchers. Brushes and a water container, or a water brush, will see you through any sketching opportunity. Below are some of my recommendations

  • Watercolor Paint or Washable Ink (and some water!) – I started with this little travel watercolor set because it’s inexpensive, but the colors are nice and includes a small brush.
  • Watercolor brush pens – Most travel paint sets often come with a brush, and you could use that to start, but when you’re ready for a low-cost upgrade you could try watercolor brush pens such as these
  • A Sketching Utensil – Just a pencil will work for a sketch or if you like you may  use ink.  You can try Pigma archival ink pens.  There is a larger set, but the three set (0.25mm, 0.35mm and 0.45mm) micron ink pens are reasonable and are great artist ink pens.
  • Water-Friendly Paper – Any watercolor paper or mixed media paper in a sketch paper should be fine.  However, if you are going to strictly do sketches using pencil or ink, it shouldn’t matter.

 

Other Advise? 

  • Be prepared: Keep your bag of supplies handy.  Maybe near your door so you can grab it easily when you leave, or in your vehicle. If you don’t have your kit with you, you can’t sketch when the opportunity arises.
  • Be flexible:  So you forgot your supplies?  Draw on a paper napkin with a borrowed ballpoint, or use that pencil in your purse or bag.
  • Be alert: Keep an eye on what’s going on around you. If you walk by a particular spot that looks interesting, make a point to go back with your supplies.
  • Be spontaneous: If you only have 10 or 15 minutes?  Pick something interesting and just sit, relax and draw what you see.  You’ll not be disappointed!
  • Sketch what you see:  Let your “right side of your brain” work and grab the moment!

Well I hope that your motivated to go out and capture memories!  Feel free to share your sketches!  Would love to see them!

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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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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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