Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quick Sketches, WC, Photos

I've been reading Sandy Sandy's Sketching Everyday blog for quite some time now and have always meant to try her sketching challenges for some time, but you know how life gets in the way sometimes. Well, her current challenge is to do a quick sketch of an elephant from four different perspectives. I read this post last evening after the Tiger game, and decided to just do it right then. Here is my quick, sorta blind contour:

I fully intended to keep us with the blind contour Friday that Peggy Stermer-Cox got me started on, but I'm afraid it's fallen by the wayside. Maybe I need to set an alarm on my computer for every Friday at start up that says, "Have you done a blind contour this week?"

I had two lovely packages delivered yesterday. One via the postwoman from Paper Mojo with a wonderful assortment of decorative papers. I think I may have to include some of these in the gift package for the people who take my repurposed books class. The other was from Misterart and delivered by UPS. It contained a ream of heavyweight drawing paper, a Rotring Art Pen (that I discovered in the worst way did not have waterproof ink), and a bottle of Bombay Green India Ink.

Here is the proof that the Art Pen did not have waterproof ink:

My perspective needs more work, the later addition of the Art Pen ink bled, and I overworked it.

I know I still have miles to go before I can feel at all comfortable with watercolor, I am enjoying playing with it and have promised myself not to put it so far away this time. I am thinking of trying some ink and watercolor. I will just have to remember to use waterproof ink.

A couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get the treadmill to run, so I took a walk with my SLR and came home with a couple of good pix:

Isn't he the cutest little thing? All proud and cocky standing in the road?

I copied this one and then used the multiply to better see the composition and colors as I really need a better understanding of clouds.
I made a blood donation to the mosquitoes yesterday and took my camera outside to get some pix in the yard.

I just had a breakfast of Shredded Wheat & Bran with some All Bran, blueberries and kiwi. Delicious!!! I need to clean out the refrigerator and do some grocery shopping today, but first there is a good tennis match on and I think I will go watch for awhile. I'll probably watch with the sound off as I can't stand to listen to Sharapova's wail. I love to watch her play tennis, but I wish they'd muzzle her.

I hope to have something to share tomorrow.

Stay well and have fun,



  1. Your photos are always amazing! Thanks for sharing. Too bad about the ink bleeding all over your nice drawing. I guess that can be called a learning experience!

  2. Your blind contour drawings are great. And the photos of the birds are wonderful!! Stick with the watercolors. It was so hard for me at first, but gradually I got more comfortable with them. Now I am beginning to learn tricks and it is more than rewarding! I really like your street drawing. Perspective or no, it has style!

  3. Wow - that final shot of the hummingbird is amazing. How lucky you are to be able to see these just out on a walk. I think the watercolour thing is a lifelong learning curve ...

  4. Great post Vicki! Nice work on the perspective, and the elephant reminds me of Barbar, one of my all time favorite elephant character ^^(I even named my Cactus Celeste after that). And the pictures are great too, the clouds, the birds, and the hummingbird... absolutely love them little buzzing birds ^^

  5. Your photos are lovely and I really like your contour drawings and watercolor sketch. Love the colors you used in that scene. Put is aside for a while and I bet you'll like it better when you see it later on.

  6. I quite the look of ink when it melts into the watercolour, keep going you're making a lot of progress Vicki.

  7. I liked your watercolour, the bleeding ink is actually a nice effect. Your photos are amazing too, I loved the hummingbird and cloud photos.

  8. I'm with those who like the bleeding ink. I think it has a softening effect on it. And the photos .... wow!! hugs, nancy