It’s good to keep sketching fast, whenever I get a glimpse of inspiration, to just draw rapidamente, faster than I can think of what’s wrong. It’s good to act despite my fears, to just do without attaching judgments.
Keep getting invites to a live-model drawing session, but keep declining because I’m afraid I can’t draw people. Thought it’d give it a try tonight based on some gossip-mag photos. Click on images for a larger view.
Got some good advice about focusing on shadows and not worrying too much about coloring. Did this quick sketch of my hand with watercolor pencils, using various shades of brown, beige, pinks and light blue. I really like the bulge of flesh just below the pinky.
Too much thick paint on this one, but it was fun to draw. I do like the blue, how it created clouds on its own. Here’s the original image. I also gotta work on my color matching. Oh, well… We live and learn.
I’ve seen lots of online watercolorists post paintings of their paint trays, so I thought I’d give it a try as a fun way of testing all my new paints. Also wanted to experiment with shadowing with color.
One thing I like about watercolor painting is that mistakes highlight the human interaction with the subject of the sketch. My shadows aren’t all that smooth, and there’s that blotch of a bad dark line on the right.
But errors show the process of learning and, as a teacher by trade, I love the learning process and seeing mistakes that appear along the way. After all, it’s in the making of mistakes where we learn.
Went to the art store today and bought some stuff to start playing with watercolor. Watched some videos by Kelly Eddington for instruction. Here’s what I came up with.
This first one is just an experiment with the new brushes I bought, which were pretty inexpensive, and I could tell when using them. At some point, I should consider getting some nicer tools to work with.
I added some ink to each of those to see how it would work with the color. These next two were wash experiments. In both cases, small hairs from the brush were coming out and winding up in the wet paint. Once the paint dried, the brush hairs wiped right off the page, but not without first leaving behind small dark lines of color where they sat.
Finally, these next two were were fun to make and to watch how the colors interact with one another.