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Saturday, March 5, 2011
A Few of My Recent Pages
These are some recent pages in my journals. They each stretched me a little. To start with, my cat was drawn in colored pencil on red paper. That meant getting my whitish cat to show up and I did that. I didn't get the blue comforter to look as much like a comforter as I should have but after working so hard on the cat I was getting tired of it not coming out as I would have liked. What is wrong? To start with, she looks like she is colored in with a white pencil. She doesn't look like she has fur. I did okay I think on her face and it does look like my cat so I am happy about all that. Also, I did this live with my cat turning her head this way and that and finally shifting even her body position so I feel good that I got her down as well as I did. When I look back in years to come I am hoping to see that I have improved on her over time!
The next page was done with a pre-done background of a red dry brushed corner added to the page. It took me a long time to figure out what to fill the page with. I ended up doing my canary as he sat on his perch. This was another live drawing but I probably will try for a photo next time. He doesn't like me to stay so close and I can't see him if I'm not! Reading glasses only make it worse. I am happy with him but not his beak. I didn't really get his whole face right but I have plenty of time to try again. He was done with watercolor and a waterbrush. I added a bit of penwork to finish him off as he seemed to need a little something after I added the background.
Next up comes my plastic, thermal, iced tea glass. I decided to try out my new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen which I have heard such good things about. Many of the people whose sketching I enjoy use these pens. It actually is a fountain pen with a brush instead of a nib. It was harder to draw with this pen over a pencil or regular pen than I was expecting. The ink wasn't running strongly yet and I thought that was the way it worked but later found it started flowing very well. Then I learned that I was going to need some practice to learn to control the thick and thin lines this brush can make. Lastly I learned that on my multi-media paper at least, the ink does not dry very quickly and smeared when I went back in with watercolor. So...
...I took another page to do some practicing! I tried to see how it would do with comma and S strokes like I'd use in Folk Art painting. I doodles little pictures quickly and just some lines, a couple of letters in calligraphic style and just tried to get used to the way this brush works. I'm thinking if I can learn to control it, I will like how it can make the various lines and marks.
At any rate, this is some of what I have been working on. I have been taking a few classes, some better than others. My favorite again, is the Imaginary Trip to Ireland with tour guide Laure Ferlita. I'll be posting a few of the pictures later on.