We’ve had some lovely sunny days over the weekend so Ginny decided to wash the grandchildren’s quilt covers. Hanging them out in the sunshine made a great picture which I couldn’t wait to paint.
The last day of the 30 faces 30 days challenge with this wonderful model from Tiffany S Da Vanzo. Tiffany drew this with graphite and added dried flowers to finish. Not having any dried flowers to hand I needed to draw it all. This has been quite a challenge finding an hour or so to watch a tutorial and then draw every day but I can see and feel an improvement in my portrait drawings so it has been a worthwhile effort and I would recommend this Sketchy course to anyone who wants to improve their portraits.
I have spent today tidying up the studio and came across some old sketchbooks. This page was from 1996 when I was doing a lot of sailing, I don’t think I could draw boats as well now but I think I am better with people!
Day 29 of the Sktchy 30faces in30 days challenge with Margriet Aasman. Margriet used toned paper, wash and cross hatching with a pen. I chose to do a straight watercolour but try to keep the dark mood of the original.
Day 26 and day 27 of the Sktchy watercolour challenge. Day 26 was rushed because I had a busy day and day 27 should have been carefully cross hatched in pen but I couldn’t work up the enthusiasm for that so I added watercolour instead. Today’s challenge was done with coloured pencils which isn’t my thing so I went through my watercolour pallet instead and ordered new tubes of anything running low. I have been using more or less the same colour range for a year or so so it was a good opportunity to ditch a couple of colours I haven’t used and replace them. I ditched Hookers green because I don’t like ready mixed greens and replaced it with quinacradone gold, my new favourite colour.
I haven’t done today’s portrait yet because I did an on line tutorial with Liz Chaterton. Liz demonstrated painting a dog in line and wash. Her painting style is very loose which suits me fine. She painted a Great Dane but I chose to do one of our labradors Nuala.
Day 25 of the Sktchy 30 faces 30 days challenge. Margriet Aasman used a pen, watercolour and pastel pencils for this portrait. I used pen and watercolour but skipped the pastels. Thank you Margriet for a great demo.
Day 24 of the Sktchy 30 faces in 30 days challenge. Today’s portrait was a graphite drawing with Zac Rybacki. Zac did a wonderful graphite drawing with great tone and contrast. I am afraid I got bored and used a watercolour wash followed by some scribbled fountain pen. Sorry Zac!
Day 23 of the Sktchy 30 faces 30 days challenge with David Tenorio.. I used pencil instead of pen and didn’t take enough time to finish it properly. Nonetheless I have been thinking about drawing using shadow shapes rather than line so this was a perfect introduction.
Day 22 of the Sktchy 30 faces in 30 days challenge. A pencil portrait from a tutorial by Kate Higgins. I’m afraid I didn’t watch the whole tutorial because we have the grandchildren staying so I finished it sat in front of the tv!