Category Archives: sketch book

Kierra, again, with a few adjustments

I left the sketch for a couple of days, and when I came back to it, I immediately knew what need to be finished. I layered and painted until my sketchbook paper protested by bubbling.


Goodbye Saint Simon’s Island

So here are the other painting sketches I completed while on a vacation in Saint Simon’s Island:

On the beach in the afternoon, when the tide is going out and the sand bars are emerging. 

Old tree in St. Simon’s. It’s huge and extremely old. And I think they have a name for this tree, but for the life of me I cannot remember it. But ever since I was little, I was always fascinated with the tree. My painting hardly does the tree justice.  

The Marsh before the sun begins to set. I rode my bike around the marsh, trying to find the perfect spot with a good perspective. I found the spot where kayakers start their tour. I was sitting next to a bridge and the mosquitoes were horrible. I finally made notes about the lighting, the shapes and made a quick sketch of the perspective and left for home, where I completed the painting partly from notes and memory. 

So how was the painting experience? I mentioned to a fellow art student earlier about the difficulties of painting/drawing on location.  For starters, I’m tackling the elements (rain, too much shine, and MOSQUITOES…that’s an element, right?). I’m more accustomed working from photographs in the safe vicinity of a studio for hours, days, even weeks until I’m finished. No surprise, having to paint quickly was difficult. I try to go into too much detail and I found myself trying to control watercolors, which will NEVER happen and I should know better. 
I’m filling up the rest of my awesome Strathmore 400 Series Field Watercolor Sketch Book with sights from California! Maybe this time I’ll get some portraits in too! I might be able to update while there, but if I don’t I’ll post back in two whole gigantic weeks! 

Classmate sketches

At the beginning of the semester, I bought a Hand Book Artist Journal from Dick Blick to use in my life drawing class. In our last session, a classmate-Gabby- sat in for a quick 15 minute pose, and I decided to put my new sketchbook to good use:

I had so much fun drawing Gabby, I turned to the person next to me- Marie Claire- after I finished our first drawing:

I see naked people

New year. New semester. New classes. 

All of them being art classes. Either this will be the greatest thing ever, or the worst. It’s not that I don’t enjoy doing art. I don’t enjoy feeling like this. Scared, stressed, and scrambling for time. 
I have many projects, papers, and art pieces to complete. And to top it all off, tomorrow is my sophomore review. I’ll sit in front of a panel who are of epitomes of the American Idol judges, but are really just teachers from different art departments. But I’m sure there will be the Paula Abduls, the Randy Jacksons, and (if I’m really lucky) the Simon Cowells. Oh, wait. There’s a fourth judge right? Kara what’s-her-last-name? Never mind. End of metaphor. 
Obviously, I’m extremely nervous. I talked to one of my friends, a fashion design student, who already had her review. She assured me I’d be fine and that I needed to chill. But I’m not so sensible. 
Here are some nude studies from a life drawing class I’m taking:

One of our models told us that he does this professionally, and in his spare time, he studies poses from paintings and sculptures in art history texts. Makes sense. This pose is very Renaissance-esque:
Mini-sketch of our model (I ran out of newsprint):
The end of one class, Toby decided that we could try to do a portrait. While it might be a convincing rendering of a human face, a few changes would have made it actually look like our model:

A note on the nude thing: Not a big deal. As the Calendar Girls say, the difference between a naked person and a nude person is art (If you haven’t seen that movie, watch it).

Sketch book

At the beginning of the semester, I bought a canvas sketchbook from Dick Blick. I didn’t decided what paint for the cover until a week ago when I found a nice picture of my little sister, Kierra. 

She’s rendered loosely with graphite and I’ve begun to map out the shadows on her face with a purple water color pencil and a Kuretake Brush Pen. I’ll probably make a few more water color washes and then begin to use acrylic.