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

SKETCH A DAY

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!

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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Artists Get on the Instagram Band Wagon

Well after listening to a weekly podcast, Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta, I decided to start an Instagram account. I won’t go into depth about Artists Helping Artists other than to recommend her podcast if you are an inspiring or professional artist. Leslie has several podcasts, which will take me a year to finish if I listen to one podcast a day. However, periodically I’ll post a few tidbits in future posts. Otherwise, I recommend you check out Artists Helping Artists, especially Leslie’s podcast , “Important Things I Learned About Instagram That Every Artist Needs to Do Now.”

So your probably saying, “Why do I need to be on Instagram”? Well, from Instagram’s visual nature, ease of use and social media population, Instagram might be just the way to get exposure leading to business opportunities.

Here is what I learned about why, as an Artist, I should jump on the Instagram wagon.

1. It’s a Massive Social Media World

Instagram has over 1 billion active users daily and it is one of the most active social networks in the world. That’s a massive number of participants to potentially view my art. Instagram even has a Search & Explore section where art collectors can scope out art by searching for hashtags.

2. It’s Perfectly in Line with Artists Talent

Instagram is primarily a visual platform, which means it is absolutely perfect for growing artists and art professionals. It allows art and imagery to show through in the purest forms. In addition, there are apps available which assist in showcasing art. What is even better, words aren’t even necessary so there is nothing to take away from showing an artist work. Instagram is built to visually socially-engage the viewer so people can easily follow along. An artist can tell their story, share their inspirations, disclose snippets of their creative process without words.

3. It’s Quick and Easy to Use

The Instagram platform requires no computer and from a mobile device he/she can post as little as once a day, or story snippets throughout the day. If one doesn’t have access to a mobile device, there are now computer apps allowing upload from the computer. If your on the go , all that is needed is a smart phone with a decent camera and of course, some inspiration. Just snap a photo of your work or what you are doing for the day, and use Instagram’s built-in editing tools, think up a caption and post. Just think, you can take walks, go the beach or take an instant phone camera on vacation. How convenient is that!

4. It’s a Way to Show People Art in the Making or a Slice of Life

While Twitter posts read more like sound bites and Facebook is more of a personal platform, Instagram is a combination of both art and an artist’s life! It can be an intimate photo diary, you can share studio shots, 15 second videos of your work, works in progress, textures and scenery that are inspirational, close ups of art, hangings of art, or hangings in galleries or in a collector’s home. The world just opened up from a small studio to worldwide endless possibilities!

5. It’s a Land of New Opportunity

In addition to sales, “artists are getting commissions, invitations to participate in shows or exhibitions, offers to use their art for commercial purposes, and more exposure. Having an Instagram account is not about posting your art, it’s also about interaction and building your audience. The more active an artist is on Instagram, the higher the return. You never know where a well-crafted, active Instagram account can lead to. So, always be ready to respond to direct messages about your art, have packing materials and a payment system at the ready, and never stop creating.

Well hopefully, if you haven’t started your Instagram account, or your account is stagnant, I’ve gotten you excited to take the Instagram challenge...just keep creating, sign up on Instagram, post your art, and interact as much as possible! I KNOW I WILL!

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