Monthly Archives: July 2015

It looks like your mother!

This morning I sat with many of my relatives, including my cheery sister-in-law MJ. I get a lift from MJ’s wry sense of humor and could listen to her stories all day. As we all caught up on our news and exchanged stories, … Continue reading

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Yes, and…

Although my main goal in this sketch was to show focused listening, a secondary goal was to use blues and reds to indicate skin tone and especially shadow on the skin tones.This work with shadow is tied back to the two … Continue reading

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Campfire 2

Despite my intention of improving my sketch, ‘Let’s Sing Another One,” I somehow have switched the story of the sketch from a group singing to six individuals sitting around a single campfire seemingly lost in their own thoughts. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Let’s Sing Another One!

There is something timeless about the fire ring as a place for families to gather, talk and sing and I intend to capture this. Over the last several days I sketched in the near dark as we sat and sang around … Continue reading

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Having Fun

My big goal is to tell a story through image and today I had a great opportunity to do so. This afternoon we repainted some outside art here at my brother’s property. Here is a sketch of my two sisters working … Continue reading

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Is This a True Story Uncle Joe?

Today I did several quick sketches of my nephews. They are on the move and hard to catch but they did stay put to listen to a story told by their uncle. I was struck by the differences in apparent … Continue reading

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More Waiting

I got to looking at the sketch I posted yesterday. I used several thumbnail sketches to compose the final sketch and somehow in the process I developed two different perspectives in the same sketch. I was sitting in a chair … Continue reading

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Waiting

My focus this week is planning before starting major sketches. I am using thumbnail sketches as a planning tool and it is having a big impact on my work. Thumbnails provide such an explicit and speedy way to gauge the choices I need to … Continue reading

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A Little Talk

The other day while at the park I did several thumbnail sketches at a park. My overall goal is to use image to tell a story and I really liked the interaction between these two women, talking intently while calling … Continue reading

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The Slide # 2

My goal this week is to plan my composition using thumbnail sketches. Wednesday we were traveling and although I sketched at lunchtime, I did not do thumbnails. Later after we set up our camp and ate dinner, I returned to the ‘Slide’ … Continue reading

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The Slide

This morning I sat and did thumbnail sketches of children and their families on a playground. Capturing the differences between child and adult in a small thumbnail took significant effort and made me glad I was sketching in pencil. I … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Night Dream #2

Today I got up and began to redo the sketch I did yesterday. I did several pencil thumbnail sketches where I experimented with the placement of figures on the page, the placement of audience on two or three sides, the … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Night Dream

Today I had a great opportunity to use color values to add depth to a sketch. We attended an outdoor performance of A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the park. It was performed in the round so I was able to … Continue reading

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Library Napper

Today I continued to work on telling a story about a person while also placing the person into a place that shows depth and proportional sense. I returned again to the library, read books about composition and sketched several versions … Continue reading

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Library Stacks

After spending some time in the library reading and sketching, I looked down an aisle and realized that I was sitting in a prime location for creating a classic one point perspective drawing. It was interesting to finally be in … Continue reading

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In the Library

Today I went to the library in search of books and subjects. My intent was to sketch figures in a setting that allowed me to work on showing depth within the sketch by using lights and dark values. I feel … Continue reading

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Try # 2 of the Telluride Talk

Today I took several of the sketches I did yesterday at the Telluride Talk and used them to rework the sketch I posted yesterday. My primary goal was to use scale to convey greater physical distance between the speaker and … Continue reading

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Telluride Town Talk

Telluride has a tradition of public talks which I love attending because of the provocative topics and the many captive people I can draw. Most speakers have to work hard to explain the topic in terms that the general public can understand and … Continue reading

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A Foot on a Bench

My plan for this day is to do several sketches in the style of last week’s ‘Pensive Figure’. I went out sketching and caught several groups of people interacting. Here is a sketch I did of three people sitting at … Continue reading

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Perspective

I really enjoy the fun of being in the flow of sketching and just drawing without doing the work of planning and following the plan. However, sketching for the fun of it is not the plan for this blog. Today … Continue reading

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The Reader

Putting perspective to work as a tool for telling a story will continue to be my focus today. It is a rainy morning and we gathered in my brother’s cabin, glad to be in a warm space together. I was … Continue reading

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Pensive Figure in Forest

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is the blog I wrote for July 10, 2015 Continuing with my study of perspective, today I will sketch figures in the context of a full setting. … Continue reading

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Figure, Forest and Perspective

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is the blog I wrote for July 9, 2015 Remembering that my primary goal is to tell a story through image, my plan for today is to … Continue reading

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Showing Position

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is my blog for July 8, 2015 My plan for today is to continue to study the placement on paper of objects that show relative position … Continue reading

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Trees Everywhere

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is the blog I wrote for July 7, 2015 My learning plan for today is to sketch different types of tree- scapes, trees on level land, trees … Continue reading

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A Sense of Distance

Learning perspective is challenging. I have habits that are hard to break even when following step by step some of the wonderful demonstrations on-line. Perspective is counter intuitive and I fall into my habitual patterns. There is a viewing platform … Continue reading

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Learning Perspective

Below is a quick sketch I did of a mountain village street last week. The actual scene is three blocks long and rises steeply uphill. This sketch does not convey the hill or the distance which is why I feel the … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Greetings

My plan for today was to catch quick actions that would tell a story that anyone could understand. I planned to do it by using gesture drawings of individuals or pairs of people, without background detail. This quick sketch is about … Continue reading

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Getting Clearer

Getting Clearer With the actual experience of completing four blog posts, I am now clearer on how I can use this process to improve my own work as a sketchbook artist. I see that there are four core questions that … Continue reading

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Still Working on Body Language

This is the fourth day I have worked with the same basic sketch. At this point I believe I need to set it aside and work on other subject matter, as I am still confused about how to convey the emotions … Continue reading

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