Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sketchbook: Lucia In Blue Leotard.

Lucia in Blue Leotard (Pencil in Moleskine sketchbook, 4x7").

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sketchbook: Purple Tiger.

Purple Tiger (Watercolor and acrylic in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

Monday, February 25, 2013

Validation By Camera.

Here's a sketchbook study I did of Lucia....

Lucia With Green Background (Watercolor and gouache in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

I bought a Sony Cyber-shot camera a few months ago.  It's small, convenient, and takes great pictures.  When I pointed the camera at my drawing, it identified the face and framed it.  There's a certain validation that occurs when the camera interprets a portrait I drew as an actual person's head. It's technical confirmation that I'm getting something right.

After I took the picture, the screen displayed a funny, yet impressive message.  The camera alerted me that the person had blinked.  Smart camera.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sketchbook: Parrot On A Branch.

Parrot On a Branch (Watercolor and pencil in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

I took a picture of this heavily opinionated bird at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Templeton.  This sketch is based on that photo.

[UPDATE: 2/16]

I decided to render the branch and add a background.  I painted this in a Moleskine sketchbook and while it does reasonably well with various mediums, there's a point in time where the paper just gives up.  That's the sign to stop.

Watercolor, acrylic ink, walnut ink, gouache, colored pencils, and ball-point pen....

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Sketchbook: Lucia In Pink Wrap.

Lucia in Pink Wrap (Watercolor and acrylic in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sketchbook: Tamara Surrounded By Tiny Eights.

Tamara Surrounded by Tiny Eights (Pen and marker in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

I filled the background with a lot of little eights. I used a brush pen marker to fill in the larger black areas.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sketchbook: January Sketchbook Work.

Lucia in Black Dress (Watercolor and acrylic in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

Lucia with Scarf (Watercolor in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

Skunk Skull (Watercolor, pen, marker, and Pro White in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").

Julie with Pink Background (Watercolor and acrylic ink in Moleskine sketchbook, 5x8").