Thank God for sketchbooks, or I might not create at all. I did this in the parking lot of a thrift store my wife and mother-in-law were browsing, while sitting in the van with the kids. I didn’t have a lot of time – turns out there wasn’t much worth looking at in the store.
Anyway, I’ve been bouncing around an idea of adding a shopping cart to the page to allow folks to purchase some of my drawings/paintings, but just haven’t committed to it. One, I have no idea how to set up an e-commerce function. And two, I’m a bit frightened at the potential rejection (although, that isn’t really that much of a concern… I wouldn’t post if I cared deeply what others thought… OK, nevermind, but I’m leaving “two” there JIC). If anyone who reads this has had luck with that, I’d love to chew the fat with you.
Blessings Thrift Shop. Watercolor & ink in Moleskine sketchbook.
I went to Japan in 2005 for 8 days. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. We got to see Kakegawa castle while we were there, although it was closed for repairs. The outside was magnificent. I’m a big fan of Urban Sketchers and thought maybe I’d give it a go – you know doing it like they do. My first, sort of, urban sketch (although it was from a photo, which is taboo for those guys). One day I’ll do a live one, then feel like I’ve accomplished something. Meanwhile, check out the Urban Sketchers website. It’s fantastic!
Watercolor & fine sharpie pen in the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.
Not much to show of late, unfortunately. My mind races nearly constantly with all sorts of things from work problems to the impending birth of our twin girls in the next couple weeks. It races so much so, that when I do have an hour to spend alone (of sorts), as in the hour I had last week waiting for my daughter to finish her tumbling practice, and with the premeditated intent of sketching in the sketchbook, I could do nothing more than stare at the blank page before me for at least five minutes without a hint of what to sketch.
So, I flipped through the images on my phone and came upon a photo of our boys dressed in their superhero outfits, and decided to draw Owen, who had the impressive combination of a Spiderman suit with a cowboy hat. The hat was red, so it matched. Even if it hadn’t, the combo was impressive!
Owen as a Spiderman cowboy. Pencil sketch in the Moleskine sketchbook.
Right after dinner is a good time to doodle, if I’m gonna do it at all. Before that, I’m usually doing the dishes, then cooking dinner. Usually, I’ll have right at 45 minutes, to an hour after dinner and before giving the boys a bath, and if I’m quick, I can get a bit in – usually in the sketchbook. This night was no different.
I got out the Speedball India ink and the dip pen & nibs, and used my daughter as a facial model to sketch out the face. I used a small brush to paint in some of the thicker lines, and to fill in a bit. After that, just went crazy with the color. I like painting like this. No care for color choice, other than BOLD. Things flow so much more freely when I don’t seem to care about the outcome. There’s a lesson somewhere in there, I think.
India ink and watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook
I don’t have much to show lately. We’re expecting twin girls in August, so it’s been a bit busy around the house. And at work? Forget it! I’ve been limited to the sketchbook, and even then, not so much. But I wanted to say “hey” and let you know I’m still alive. 🙂
I have to be honest, I’m a tad lost now that the Sketchbook Project is no longer a constant companion. It’s going to be digitized (scanned), so I’ll post a link when that happens so you can see the whole shootin’ match.
I can’t seem to move on to bigger, more permanent, pieces, so back into the Moleskine I go. Really, that’s the only thing I can get time to draw/paint in because I’m just so danged busy these days.
I follow Simon de Pury on Twitter and Instagram, and he posted a picture he took at a DLD conference (not sure what that is) that I thought would be a cool painting. So I replied to his tweet that I was going to paint it. Simon knows me… we go way back. No, no, that’s a lie. Simon knows me like he knows Adam’s house cat, as the saying goes. Anyway, I painted it… in my Moleskine.
Painting of Simon de Pury’s tweet: India Ink and acrylic in the Moleskine sketchbook
I still think it’s a cool photo. Maybe I can make a bigger one sometime.
Well, I didn’t EXACTLY follow my Sketchbook Project rule of only painting/drawing my Twitter followers. I made room for my family as well. Here is a watercolor of our son, Wyatt…
Wyatt – watercolor
I wasn’t particularly happy with it because I was REALLY rushing to finish this notebook and get it sent off by the 15th. I made it, but the portraits of our daughter, and my wife were extremely substandard – to the point of being too embarrassing to show here.
Anyhow, next is our son, Owen…
Owen – watercolor
Now that the Sketchbook Project is over, I’m struggling with keeping up my practice work. I’ve broken out the Moleskine sketchbook, and switched to Copic markers and a Sharpie pen. Maybe I’ll put those up next. Until then…
I’m usually sketching/painting during my lunch hour, but for whatever reason I’m just not that into it lately. This one, for example, has taken a week just to get motivated enough to finish. But you know how this goes… it never really feels quite finished. Again, though, it IS just a sketchbook. On to the next page.