Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I used a photo from the newspaper as reference for this sketch - a french actress Charlotte is her name.

Main problem - no resemblance. I am not looking for a perfect match I will never be a portraitist. I am looking for a specific quality of line and "look" of the sketches. Can't really define it better than this ... hopefully I will know it when I get there ...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Portrait Monday

The model was a young Chinese girl. We had three 20 minute poses and here are the results;

First pose - pencil. The scanned image was too pale so I adjusted the contrast to make it pop more. Cute sketch, but does not look like the model at all.

Second pose - I tried using the proportional divider to measure the features.
I don't like anything about this sketch. The charcoal used did nor blend, the measurements are off, the face is too long when in reality it was more round. The paper however is great (Strathmore tinted sketchbook 9 x 12).

Third pose:
This is the only sketch that has some resemblance with the model.

At the end of the session, the model chose one sketch from each participant. In my case, she chose the second sketch...who knows why that one ?!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Running shoes

Week one of Sketchbook Skool homework - dip pen over gouache prepainted background, I do not have gouache so I used pan pastels instead. Sketched my old running shoes - dip pen and Noodlers grey ink.


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.