Thursday, June 21, 2012

Virtual Sketch and More Altered Book Pages

While walking around Europe yesterday morning (you know, with the little yellow man), I happened upon a lovely building in Doetinchem, The Netherlands. I spent way too much time on this one, but am developing a method for getting the perspective correct and will hopefully get more efficient at it. I first put in the vertical lines paying close attention to their relative beginning and end points. I then used a line in Photoshop to get a feel for the relative slant of each horizontal line. I am quite pleased with the result.

I added a bit of color to the lovely flowers with a colored pencil.

I was actually so engrossed in getting this sketch on the page that I was almost late for my hair cut appointment. When I explained to my hairdresser that I was walking the streets of Europe with the little yellow man, she was greatly amused.

Later in the day, I spent some time with my Neocolor II crayons and some magazine cuttings to add a bit to the altered book. I am beginning to lighten up a bit and am enjoying this activity more and more. I didn't use gesso on either of these 2 page spreads, but I am finding myself peeling gel medium off my hands even after having washed them. You gotta love messy!

I see a bit of corner roll on the magazine flowers. I'll need to add a bit of glue.

Just getting started with these two and having quite a bit of fun.

I am driving to my Mom's this morning with Miss P to visit for a few days and attend a memorial service. We will be leaving in about an hour. I think I am packed and ready, but I have to clean out the car a bit in case I end up doing a bit of chauffeuring while I am there. Miss P and I have packed our electronics, a couple of novels, and our sketchbooks along with some pencils, pens and colored pencils. We are hoping to get out and about and do some plein air sketching, something I don't do enough of and that Miss P has never done.

I will try to post while I am gone, but if for some reason I can't I will definitely have lots to share on my return. I'd best get in the shower and get this day started if I am to arrive in the early afternoon.

I hope you are having a great day and that you are finding time for yourself and your creativity.



  1. Glad to see your creative juices are flowing, Vicki! Your sketch turned out good. It's a complicated subject. I'm impressed. Have a safe trip.

  2. I love your line drawing! You are really getting good at this!

  3. I think the sketch turned out really well. Perspective is a challenge for me. I've had to use rulers.

    Enjoy your trip! Hope you get some sketch time. :)

  4. I think his name is Hamish and he especially loves to take you to the did a super job on such a cool place---too bad we can't have lunch with him..!

  5. Nice job on your building. I like the little bit of added color. Grandkids get us to try new things; it'll be nice for the two of you to get outdoors for some live sketching.

  6. I spend way too much time on everything I do - lol! I think you handled the perspective very well. I have a terrible time with perspective myself.

  7. You did a fantastic job on the sketch, though I must admit, I'm confused as to how photoshop fit in. Big surprise, right? lol Have a great time and say hi to Miss P. for me! hugs, nancy