I haven’t posted anything for the week because of the holiday. Even when I am busy with holiday activities, I still create every day. I have also added writing to my routine. Nothing earth shattering, but I am learning some tricks and plan to add that to my daily routine. I have been doing it for a week now and I may incorporate into my blog as well.
To catch up with my AEDM in one post….here are the daily portraits that I do every morning. These are in a new journal and I don’t remember where it came from. I originally tried to use it for International Fake Journal month but the paper sucks for drawing/watercolor and ink so I had put it aside. I am on a mission now to fill every sketchbook I had abandoned and this was one of them. It’s being used for my daily portraits and my writing to expedite filling it.
The one above, Ethan S, I had posted on Sktchy when I completed it but never got around to posting on my blog.
Last night, I opened a window a bit to let in fresh air. John, Chloe and Mack were in a coma. Chloe’s snores are pretty loud…Mack is still have sinus trouble poor thing….
That sketch pretty much sums it up. The howls were very disconcerting. There is something primal about how we reacted. I love wildlife of all types and I am all for living harmoniously. That was the first time I heard coyotes in the dark and it took me off guard. The neighbors told us coyotes lived in the area. And bobcats. Oh. and a Florida panther is in the area, too. Even as I write this I am listening. Yesterday people put their trash out so they were probably doing a trash raid and the raccoons will get blamed for it.
Alligators? Hell yeah, seen those plenty of times. It’s Florida, you assume every body of water had one. We see them all time. Even on the Florida turnpike.
I zonked out early yesterday and I forgot to post. I was working on some sketches yesterday that I don’t want to share yet, but I thought of a new themed sketchbook that I will probably start after I finish my Christmas cards.
Another task that I tackled yesterday, in my bullet journal, was my Thanksgiving shopping list. I have tried regular planners for years, but I have had the most success with bullet journaling. The nice thing about a non formatted planner like bullet journaling is that I can track things like Thanksgiving shopping lists from previous years. It takes the guess work out of holiday planning and has been a valuable tool for me. It also reminds me of what worked and what didn’t.
You can find out more about Bullet Journaling here:
Today I finished up my week long daily doodles and I also tried out a new sketchbook to see what media it will handle.
The daily doodles are in a Strathmore 400 series softcover Drawing sketchbook. I love this whole line of journal type sketchbooks. The paper is awesome and you can get different weights for various media, they open flat and I like the 7.75 x 9.75 size. It’s perfect for my dailies.
This was done in a new sketchbook that I haven’t tried yet, but I have two of them. This is the first page and I tried watercolor and ink. It’s a square format and I love square sketchbooks but I am not sure how I feel about this one yet. More to come on this sketchbook….
Happy Veteran’s Day to those who served for our country.
I am still working on that food project but it’s in a messy stage right now so it isn’t quite feeling photogenic.
However, I am posting a rare glimpse into my morning portrait sketchbook. I don’t post these every day because they aren’t meant to be works of art. They are my way to focus. It’s a nice way to start the day and the quirky sketches actually give me ideas for characters. I use the SKTCHY App for my references photos most of the time.
The reference photo for this sketch had a man looking out over what looked like Manhattan and he had a chocolate/coffee looking drink in a cocktail glass in his hand, with a SWEDISH FISH as a garnish.
I had to look at it twice. Cool. Would love to know what drink it was so I did the sketch. I like practicing profiles anyway.
I also posted the sketch on SKTCHY. It’s always interesting when the little blue flowers in the paper show up in the right places.
Since I committed to doing a post a day for ART EVERY DAY MONTH, I am posting this, although much of today was doing research and sketches for a map I am working on and there is nothing sexy about a page full of lists. I won’t bore you with that. Plus, you’ll see the results soon enough. I did learn some exciting things about my subject, though.
Although I did do my morning routine and those sketches, I decided not to post those.
Instead, I am posting the color sketches of “Madison,” who owns my friend JoEllen.
For Madison’s portrait, I did several different sketches, which is why I make sure I do a pencil sketch first (like the one you saw of Rebel yesterday) and then make photocopies on cardstock so I can do these color sketches like you see here. The larger sketch was a Tombow marker warmup for me to play with the shapes and colors and get a feel for what paint I might want to use and getting to “know” Madison. I wasn’t quite going for accuracy, I was testing color relationships, carving shadows and just having fun. You can see where I put color swatches on the side. Then I did the small color sketches. One is ink and watercolor and the other is acrylic. The final that you saw the other day was a blend of mediums. You can see how each medium feels different. There is a lot of work that goes into doing a portrait like this. I might try a whimsical Madison sometime in the near future.
Thanks to JoEllen and Madison for the lovely portrait opportunity,
Here is an example of how I start my pet portraits…I do a sketch to lay out how I want the pet to look. Then I sort of play around where he would look best on the page. I usually photo copy the sketch so can play around with color and make adjustments on photocopies so I don’t ruin the original.
Rebel’s eyes are a little cloudy in the photo and I actually took the reference photo. I took several photos and his eyes are cloudy in all of them. He may be pre-cataract. I will need to need to correct that in the painting.
He is on grass so I roughly added that. I still have to play with background details but I will do that on the duplicates.