Friday, April 29, 2011

Petite Illuminated Letter

Really in the mood to use some bright color today. This little sketch is a glorified doodle, with a big "V" and a few random items I felt like painting in 20 minutes (pen and watercolor, approx. 3 1/2" x 4").

Several months into this sketching project now, I am coming to some definite opinions on my art supplies (a good thing). I really like a small and very springy synthetic brush for tiny detail work, like these dots and lines. With everything else I paint though, the natural hair brushes are preferred all around. I guess that's the same conclusion most watercolor artists come to, but I finally feel like I've had enough practice to agree. I can elaborate on my views of the differences between them, but unless you are in the market to buy a new brush, you probably don't have an interest in that.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Word Window

Back to picking topics out of a jar tonight... I picked "words/lettering" and "architectural details". There's lots of ways I could have combined those two subjects, but I have never tried drawing a picture with words, though I've seen numerous examples of it (some cliched, and some amazing). This was a lot of fun to do in 20 minutes! I sketched in pencil first, just for a rough outline. Then using colored gel pens, wrote stream-of-consciousness words about the architecture and other trivia (approx. 5 1/2" x 6"). If I could do more calligraphy-style lettering in a future project, that would really be lovely.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Meal illustration

I felt like illustrating my meal in 20 minutes tonight, though I ate it first and then drew it (from memory). It should be the other way around! Pen and watercolor, approx. 3 1/2" x 4".  I like painting salads because they are green and leafy, and so much of what we [Americans] eat tends to be brown or yellow. I'm all for "eating the rainbow" as well as painting it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Little Chart Design

Still enjoying the novelty of picking 20 minute sketch subjects out of a jar, tonight I pulled "wreath" and "embroidery". To combine the two ideas, I decided to make a cross-stitch chart of a summer wreath featuring sunflowers. Sketching ideas for grid-based charts can be challenging, especially when they involve curves or circles. So I think it's not too shabby for my first 20 minute attempt - I plan to stitch this one up as soon as I figure out the six colors of thread to use. (When I do figure those out, I'll post the DMC #s in the random chance there's anyone reading this who would also like to try stitching it up.)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spontaneity Series #1

Wanting to draw more spontaneously than I have been, tonight I remembered a trick one of my professors taught us back in college. Write down a bunch of unrelated subjects you like, put them in a hat (or basket, or whatever) and pull out two or three. Combine those items together in an illustration somehow, any style. Tonight the words I pulled (out of 25 different choices) were "cups" and "house", and this little scene popped into my head - with three different kinds of cups. Pen and colored pencil, approx. 5" x 7".

I'm excited now, because I'm hoping I shouldn't have any lack of inspiration for future 20 minute illustration-style sketches.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Doggone quick sketch

Ending a busy day without 20 minutes to spare for a sketch tonight, I made do. My dogs were so happy to see us when we came home, I sketched them in about 10 minutes, with a charcoal pencil. They (both bichon frises) are so fluffy it's hard to get their hair right in a sketch, but the quick scribble lines come pretty close to what it really looks like!