Ten years later and I’m still sticking to my story.
The thing about quarantine is, one runs out of things to do. I’ve run out of subjects, so I am concentrating on self portraiture. This one needs a bit of improvement. I hope that you, dear readers, bear with me while I improve my skills. I’ll try to keep things interesting.
I improved a bit with today’s self portrait. I augmented the pencil sketch with inked lines for shading and definition of edges.
I tried to schedule my last ‘No Power’ post, but it went right out. I hope I can share with you this watercolor practice wash that I did today.
I divided my 12×9 watercolor block into four sections. I need a lot of practice representing clouds in watercolor. Instead of painting a generic cloud, I used one of my photographs (previous practice sessions are here: Gray Clouds in Front of Cloud Line…; and here: Watercolor Cloud Studies – First Trial.) Future practice sessions will […]
While the sketchbook is a place for practice, I devote most pages to portraits. Faces are an important aspect of portraits, but there are factors: gesture; posture; placement and surroundings, to name a few. The sketch below is face-drawing practice.
Among the troubles facing a “plein air” sketcher of people is that they move. This happened when I started the sketch below. I started drawing a young man with a blue mohawk. He was still during my first 30 seconds of sketching but moved on and another clerk took his place. I changed my focus […]
Usually, waiting rooms are filled with people. Today the receptionist was the sole person there and only visible from the neck up thanks to the high counter surrounding her. When I was done, her likeness looked like the ones you see on foreign coins. Unsatisfying. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to sketch. A young man […]
I really want to move on from reflections but, being somewhat compulsive, I must complete the course of my study in the Tate Watercolor Manual.* The next exercise again relies on preservation of white. In watercolor, the brightest tone possible is the unpainted surface of the paper. Today’s warmup exercise: I used neutral tint, a […]