Saturday, January 29, 2011

An Apple Today

Can't go wrong with something simple and classic like an apple in 20 min. Pencil, watercolor, and water soluble pencils, approx. 6" x 9". I love complementary colors, esp. red and green, and when found in nature, even better. I really enjoyed doing this one and the time flew by.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tea and timeframe

A relatively unsatisfying 20 min. sketch here. Charcoal pencil on 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sketch paper. This was the first time I was looking at the timer wondering what else could I add to fulfill the 20 min. requirement? It probably took me 15 min. Next time I attempt a subject like this will be in color, with a more challenging (and interesting) composition, so that I have plenty to do in the timeframe.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Good Meal

To follow up the previous food-related post, here is an example of a finished food illustration that I painted several years ago. Pencil, pen, and watercolor, 5" x 8 1/2" on sketchbook paper (though not watercolor paper, hence the wrinkles). Usually, I sketch the food in pencil as it is served to us, to the amusement of the waiter or waitress. It is a good motivation to sketch quick - as you're hungry and the food is tempting to eat immediately. When I paint the drawn image at a later time, it's a wonderful memory of the meal!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Visual Recipe

I baked for hours today and still had the recipes in my head (and the delightful smells in the house) when I sat down to paint.... Though food and menu illustrations of this sort are what I draw the most often, this is the first one with a time limit. Pen and watercolor, approx. 6" x 9". Normally I draw the items in pencil, and approximately to scale with each other, but for the sake of time I skipped that step. Those appear to be some big eggs! Rest assured, the real recipe turned out just fine.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Another 20 minutes...

Can make a big difference! Some may consider it "cheating" (I don't), but I really wanted to go back into yesterday's painting again. I spent another 20 min. on it and am pretty pleased with the more saturated color and definition achieved. Another 20 minutes to add a background and more flower detail would probably result in what I would consider a complete painting. But I feel like I should leave it alone now so I'll trust that feeling.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Unfinished Urn

Well, foiled again by the 20 min. timeframe. Pencil, pen and watercolor, approx. 6" x 9". I was inspired to draw an urn shape, then it needed flowers in it, so I added the flowers and got carried away with the drawing before I added color. I am considering going back to this painting for another 20 min... whether that's cheating or not- I feel this painting has potential and I'd like to see what another 20 min. could do.