Cup of Water (September 2010)

It is complicated drawing the myriad reflections of light through a clear glass of water. To be precise, one has to take the time to figure out the tonal values of overlapping reflections, refractions and shadows. If drawing outside, one can’t take too long, or the sun will move and tonal variations will change.

Sketch Book Series: Sketch vs. Real Life (September 2010)

My notes tell what I was trying to portray in the sketch on the opposite page. I didn’t quite achieve the ‘pop’-i-ness that I saw in real life. I’m not sure that I could have accomplished this with the tools I had at the time. Perhaps if I separated the trees with a white value […]

Sketch Book Series: Leaf Practice (July 2010)

I was trying to find the key to getting the highest contrast between leaf surfaces and the space between them. Complimentary colors are supposed to provide maximal contrast at their interface, so I tried it (see below). I wasn’t too happy with it although, in fairness, I should have done a whole hedge to see […]

Sketch Book Series: Blue Car (July 2010)

I used this particular parking lot quite a bit (both for parking and sketching). I spent what seemed like hours on the leafy hedge, at first trying to render each leaf, later settling for overall texture. The trees, far and near, were also a challenge. My cars come out cartoony, but I like them. I […]

Sketch Book Series: Sepia Cross Hatch (June 2010)

It looks like I didn’t like this pen. The lines came out really wide. I like the look, but it must have been a bit difficult to work with. It is a matter of scale, I think. A nib like the one used below would be good for large format sketches.

Sketch Book Series: Sepia Stippling (June 2010)

As I recall, I was trying to create a uniform tonal value with dots of sepia ink. Inconsistent sizes of dots and uneven spacing were the variables that, with more skill, I could have created an even tone across the page. However, this was not any easy task and I did not make it happen. […]