Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life drawing

Another session at the Ecole de design. I was 30 min late this time - bad idea. I sat all the way in the back and I had a partially obstructed view of the model. People left at the break so I was able to get myself a table. I did few 3 min poses, followed by 5 min and few 10 min.

 Graphite on newsprint.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Portrait Monday

For this session, I wanted to play with layering portraits. The 3 min poses:
 I then decided I liked how the Pilot Penmanship worked on the Fabriano sketchbook paper and I continued with it. No more layers, but I will definitely retry the idea in the future.
 She reminds me of Katherine Hepburn - not sure way.
 I am having a hard time with the beard ...

... and in general, with the neck. But all in all, I am happy with the results. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Sketchcrawl

Montreal held the Sketchcrawl last Saturday. The official date is next Saturday, but that happens to be Easter weekend and most people take advantage of the long weekend to leave town or do other fun things.

We had excellent weather - yes!!! We found a nice vantage point inside UQAM and drew roofs.
At least I did.

A fellow sketcher - Ludmila -drew us:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Collaged tulips

I have a 9x12 sketchbook I used for the dynamic drawing class. Most of the sketches of the tai chi master are not keepers, so I am reusing some of the pages. I applied collage pieces and absorbent ground. I then sketched a house - did not like the result. I applied another layer of absorbent ground, collaged a piece of Chinese print and drew tulips.
I applied fixative between layers of paint because the watercolor lifts off the medium. I also applied metallic watercolors.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Last of the tulips

... for a while at least.
Watercolor pencils and fountain pen,

Pentel pocket brush and pan pastels. I tried to work across the spiral, but did not succeed.

Friday, April 11, 2014

By the window

I primed this page with absorbent ground for pastels. Still impossible to erase, but the pencil seems to be darker. I tried watercolors too, but they seep through the page.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ducks in formation ...

... of sorts. These are actually geese, but who cares right?

Found them but the water in Lachine on Sunday. First attempt to sketch outdoors - the ink froze in the pen and I could not feel my fingers anymore. Sorry to say, but this ain't for me. I will go out when it is nice and toasty. Page was pre-painted with metallic watercolors.