Saturday, December 13, 2014

Connecting shapes and negative shapes

This exercise was somewhat of a challenge. I setup a still life with objects of similar color and drew the whole as a connecting shape straight with watercolor. It demanded some concentration indeed.

I then setup a simpler still life against a colored background and proceeded to draw the negative shapes.
In the last try, the had to pay attention to lights vs. darks. In the first try, I got into all the fuss with reflections, cast shadows etc when all I had to do was strong light vs strong darks. The second try is closer to what I had to do I think.
This was part of the Sketching Now course.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chinese purse

My friend Claudine went to China for vacation and brought me this cute little pouch.
It is bright fuchsia in reality, but I did not have the patience to try and mix a color that would resemble fuchsia. I don;t think I could anyway...

I might use the pouch to carry art supplies when I go gallivanting about town. It is just too cute to not show it off..

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Camellia Synensis

I went to the tea house/ boutique not too long ago. I run out of teas at home and I also wanted an excuse to draw something outside.
I enjoyed both teas and I might buy them in the future. I usually buy the fruity, flowery teas, but most of the teas sold in this place have no additions. I think it is better to try them first make sure I like them. The scone was ok, but I had much better in other places. It was cold and it seemed to be from the day before. The shadow shapes here were a real

Thursday, December 4, 2014

At the cafeteria

I had some time to kill before a class and I went to the cafeteria of the university. I sketched - with a modicum of success - some of the characters around me.

A girl fidgeting with the glass of coke and the omnipresent iPhone; another one almost sleeping on top of the laptop/notebook; a guy who seemed discouraged by the task in front of him; a girl who just finished her lunch and another one engaged in a vivid conversation where the hand was very eloquent.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What's a TV good for ... be drawn, of course! It is very hard to find anything worth watching, so I decided to practice continour line sketching. The result is sort of ok, except the the electronic gizmos are too small.

Monday, December 1, 2014


The monthly meeting of the Urban Sketchers was at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Some of us went to the Inuit art gallery. These are mostly continuous line with pen and then I added some shading with  watercolor pencil and Quattro pen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Continous line

All of a sudden, continuous line became the topic of the day. When I attempted to sketch like this in the past, I gave up after 30 sec - too hard, too wonky ... too much of the wrong thing indeed ...but now I cannot seem to do it differently.

I covered the pages with gouache to hide the original sketch and/or multiple mistakes. My first sketches had lilliputian proportions - I stared too much at the objects I guess and not enough at the page. I became frustrated with the initial choice of subject - a complicated crystal fruit bowl with a lot of carved details - and I switched for something more familiar.