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Title: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on April 29, 2012, 05:49:52 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

NOTE: There is no template for this Lesson.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 29, 2012, 10:07:37 PM
If you wanted to put a colour wash over your pencil sketch or on parts of a sketch and you dont want the pencil to smudge would you need to seal it first or what would you do to preserve the sketch?   :confused:

Loved the Sketch Book Class  :thankyou: :thankyou: Dennis

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: eftpower1 on April 29, 2012, 10:29:28 PM
As if Dennis did not give us enough reasons to use a sketch book, I do have one more.  One of the most profound lessons I learned was how impact-full a sketch book can be for capturing memories.  A number of years ago after my Mother had passed, I had the opportunity to drive from Florida to the Canadian border area of New York   with my Dad.  As it happened , we stopped in Georgia along the cost. As we walked the pier, looking at the fishing boats, I sketched.  Several years later, after he had passed, we where looking a photos and I happened to pick up that sketch book. When i turned to page to the sketch of those fishing boats, the whole experience came rushing back in full color and detail, the walk along the pier, the conversation he & I had as we walked, the smell of the sea.

The photos never did that!, but those sketches did!  When I want to remember my Dad, I pick up my sketch books and look at the sketches that are connected to times with him, The sketches are not of him, but where made when he and I where together..Those sketches bring back clearer memories than any Photos I have.

Dennis, Thank you for reminding me of the artistic reasons to be active with my sketch book, I have been remiss.

Regards to all
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on April 29, 2012, 10:31:49 PM
Fantastic class Dennis  :clap:  :clap:  I'll be out terrorizing the locals first thing in the morning! I'm all packed up and ready to go. This is the most fun I've had in ages! Of course they're short ages but still.....   >:D
Tell Nolan I'm willing to share the painting .... for a fee!   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on April 30, 2012, 02:01:38 AM
Val, I'm so glad you were eventually able to watch a whole show. Go it! and start posting some of those sketches for us to see.  :clap: :clap:

Brian, No photograph, no matter how good it was taken, can ever bring back memories as much as an absolutely simple sketch can. For example those army sketches of the 25 pounder and the vehicle I drove towing that 25 pounder (gun) brought back images of me in the field as well as in the office drawing them. And that was 60 years ago  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Leana on April 30, 2012, 07:03:23 AM
Dennis, I absolutely  :smitten: the class.  Was really awesome and thank you so much for taking us down your memory lane.  :1hug: I've got a sketchbook... but it is untouched at this moment...all just blank pages.  You have certainly given me many and enough reasons to start using it now  :clap: :clap: :clap:.  It actually plays such an important role in an artists life... creating memories as well as when one looks back over a time period...then you can see your own progress.  Simply fabulous  :yippee:  Thank you again.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on April 30, 2012, 07:30:50 AM
 :urwelcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Doug795 on April 30, 2012, 07:34:23 AM
Dennis,

I want to thank you for presenting your sketchbook class today.  It was priceless.  If anyone has ever been in doubt about the value of keeping a sketchbook, well, you put all those doubts to rest today.  Seeing decades and decades of sketchbooks, witnessing your development through the years, it certainly left me with the feeling that I can draw, paint, etc. if I will do the exercises that will make me successful.

I have to say that this has been quite a week for Paint Basket.  Between Dennis' class today and Nolan's landscape class earlier in the week, I think it's safe to say that the students who tuned in were treated to a boat load of skills that will help bring us to a new level of expertise . . . . as long as WE follow up and do the exercises we need to do.

Dennis and Nolan, thank you both for all you do to help us artists of varying skills achieve what we desire to do.  I hope that our success is your success.  O0

Doug
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 30, 2012, 08:05:16 AM
It's wonderful to read about peoples connections with sketching and precious memories. I enjoyed telling my Mrs about these. 
Dennis, thank you for sharing that fabulous time line of art work and, about your Dad and how you started out drawing.
 :thankyou: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Chrisanne on April 30, 2012, 08:55:00 AM
I would like to add my thanks for a really inspiring lesson Dennis. I have never bothered with sketch books before but I will definitely be starting one now.

 :thankyou:

Happy sketching everyone.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on April 30, 2012, 12:04:24 PM
Dennis, I too enjoyed the class.   :thankyou:

Now, all the more reason to keep going on the Let's Draw exercises which I'm enjoying very much.  It really trains the eye to see all the planes, shapes and details.  I'll soon be finished with the rocks exercise. 

Now I have to decide whether to move on in the drawing course or start the head.  It's all good!

I think Nolan had lots of suggestions for a name for that model in one of the classes we had in the past.  I'm wondering if he ever settled on one.   :confused:  If not, we can name him ourselves. 

If and when I finish mine, I'll post it with the name I've given him below my drawing.   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: czechchick on April 30, 2012, 02:53:14 PM
This was my first experience viewing a lesson 'live'. It was very enjoyable and I will be attending many more.

 I have desired to keep a sketch journal for years, bought one, made a couple of entries and never got back to it. I love looking at the entries I did capture and remember where I was, the time of day, the quiet of the moment and the particular animals I sketched, while they slept. Seeing your journals pointed out to me their value, beyond the actual drawing. I also see, that I draw much better than I usually believe that I do. Looking back several years, I marvel that the personality of the animals remains, so unique!  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: NHC50 on April 30, 2012, 03:06:53 PM
 In case you haven' been welcomed..  :bigwelcome: to paint basket family czechchick. Yes it is pretty awesome what we learn here, and how much we are encouraged.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: sapphirelynn on April 30, 2012, 04:31:41 PM
 :welcome: Czeckchick (love your handle)  I have had the good fortune to visit your country and had a personalized tour of the Castle in Prague. WOW the paintings are magnificent! I have beautiful memories and tons of photos. Unfortunately no sketches.  I have only been painting a couple of years now and as of yet have not really taken sketching seriously but after Dennis's class I am off today to buy a sketchbook..Lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 30, 2012, 05:02:27 PM
 :welcome: to Paint Basket czechchick ! It's great to hear how you are inspired by Dennis' Sketch Book history and record and, to know you'll be attending more tutorials. You will love it here and, I hope you'll come on the forum when you are able.
 ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on April 30, 2012, 07:30:40 PM
 :welcome: Czechchick to the Paint Basket and hope you stay with us for a long time and enjoy the company of the other members.

Glad you enjoyed the class. Why not show us a couple of your sketches as I sure that the others would also love to see them.

Thanks one and all for your lovely comments
- I really appreciate them as I myself enjoyed putting this class together. It brought back many memories of one of my lifelong friends, Hans Moolman who now lives in Lyttleton, Pretoria, when we worked together in Pietermaritzburg in the Magistrate's office. Nearly every weekend we would climb on our bicycles and tour the countryside sketching anything and everything. We even cycled from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and back for a weekend (circa 1952) - and that before the modern highway was built. We still corrrespond.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on April 30, 2012, 11:14:18 PM
Dennis, when I started raving about your class today I couldn't believe I heard the loudest...longest...collective groan on record! Call Guiness!   ;D
They seem to think I drove them bonkers before...now there's no stopping me! Looks like I might be taking more walks on my own .... no sense of adventure these people.   ::)   :2funny:   :2funny:
Thank you again for such a brilliant class....can't wait for the next one!   :yippee:   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: eftpower1 on April 30, 2012, 11:33:58 PM
czechchick 

 :welcome: aboard

I think you will find this group of  :painting: very supportive and enthusiastic.

Again  :welcome:

Regards
brian
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on April 30, 2012, 11:47:26 PM
A warm  :welcome: to Paintbasket, Chechchick!  I'm glad you joined.

I'd love to see some of your sketches.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 12:31:11 AM
Here are a couple of previously posted sketches from my sketchbook. I'll have to take a few more photos and put them here....  Just shows they don't have to be good, just as long as you keep doing it.



Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2012, 12:38:37 AM
Val, I haven't seen the cat drawing.  I love it.  Very well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

We're all so inspired since this class.  I hope we see lots more drawings show up here.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: pnewcomer1 on May 01, 2012, 12:41:42 AM
Very nice Val  :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: sapphirelynn on May 01, 2012, 12:51:15 AM
Val Love the 'cat' sketch, very nice
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 12:59:31 AM
Thankyou Lillian, Penny and Linda. This is Morissey, one of my sister's cats. A very contrary, ornery old gal.  We love her just the same. I'm glad the picture was here on PB ... remember Dennis saying NOT to use scraps of paper? She was done on a scrap ... and yes she has become one of the missing. Lesson learned!   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2012, 11:08:00 AM
Ahhhhh Val!  How about printing the photo out and pasting it in your sketch book.  A nice drawing like that, you definitely should hang on to. 
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Martina on May 01, 2012, 11:54:18 AM
Dennis, thank you very, very much for this class. Thank you for allowing us to participate in your memories in form of the sketchbooks :) :) :) this class was so inspiring. I will take out my sketchbook again and give it a new try. At the moment for me the most important tip was to start new if a sketch did not work. :) I think this is a great way to learn and a great way to put the frustration aside.

:thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Martina on May 01, 2012, 11:57:48 AM
:welcome: Czechchick to the Paint Basket community. I think you will like all the offers and possibilities here :)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Martina on May 01, 2012, 11:59:02 AM
Val, your sketches are wonderful. I love the cat :) :) :)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2012, 12:21:48 PM
In the class, Dennis mentioned a couple of websites:

http://petescully.com/ (http://petescully.com/)      and         urbansketchers.org

I just took a few minutes to check these sites out and if you want more inspiration for sketching, I highly recommend these.

Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 01:24:50 PM
Fabulous sites. I might even become  an urban sketcher!    :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2012, 03:36:17 PM
 O0  Oh if only we could do sketching, watercolor, oils all at the same time!   Hmmmmmm
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Martina on May 01, 2012, 03:43:05 PM
So true, Lillian :sweat:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: anita on May 01, 2012, 11:55:05 PM
I have been encouraged to start a sketch book watching the lesson .... hope you don't mind Dennis but your face was much more interesting than old blockhead's  :)



Anita

Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on May 02, 2012, 12:14:36 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  :clap: :clap: Brilliant.
Would you mind sending me a JPG of that please for my records - would be highly appreciated.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on May 02, 2012, 12:50:44 AM
Anita!  That's perfectly adorable!  You're a true artist!  I love, love your drawings!     :congrats:

All drawings are a very good likeness of our esteemed  :smart:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: NHC50 on May 02, 2012, 01:55:21 AM
Anita that is awesome. Great job!!!  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Leana on May 02, 2012, 07:07:41 AM
 :welcome: to PaintBasket czechchick - I know your stay here will be a happy one  ;)

Val and Anita - really enjoyed looking at your sketchbook photos... very inspiring  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: pnewcomer1 on May 02, 2012, 09:48:20 AM
 :welcome: Anita, you did a fantastic job of sketching it sure does look like dennis.  :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Tony (ASM) on May 02, 2012, 09:55:21 AM
Anita! I opened the picture without reading the text and, straight away I realised it was Dennis! Wow! you really went for it and delivered a great set of pics.  :clap: :clap:  I'm pleased to see Dennis likes them and wants a copy  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on May 03, 2012, 02:36:52 PM
Brilliant Anita!  :clap:   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: anita on May 03, 2012, 07:05:00 PM
Thanks everyone ... I had fun with it  ;D.   Dennis, thanks for being a sport, I have took a picture in better light and you are welcome to a copy but am not sure how to send you a pm though the site with a file attatchment  :uglystupid2:

Anita
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on May 03, 2012, 07:52:26 PM
Anita, I will email you.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: eftpower1 on May 04, 2012, 03:10:25 AM
Anita,

very well done ...........................BUT




You left out his sneaker! :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Brian >:D >:D
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lyndy on May 04, 2012, 06:49:57 PM
Hi there.

You all have posted such beautiful work. I am so  :envy: I've had such a hectic time with work and family, that I've had to pack my  :painting: away for a while  :'(  i am really missing it
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Tony (ASM) on May 04, 2012, 09:04:12 PM
Hi there.

You all have posted such beautiful work. I am so  :envy: I've had such a hectic time with work and family, that I've had to pack my  :painting: away for a while  :'(  i am really missing it

Lyndy! Hey, it's great to see you are looking in on the members ;) Please don't feel rushed or obligated in any way. Take your time and just walk shallow waters back into the calm flow of Paint Basket (PB). Paddle around, get back out, skim a stone, fish for shells, dip back and forth as you like like but, please visit the PB beach often 'cos, it's beauty no one should miss! ;)  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lyndy on May 10, 2012, 05:45:30 PM
Thanks so much for that Tony   :thankyou:   I certainly won't stop popping in to see how every one is doing  ;)  Love having a :coffee: and reading what's happening with everyone    :hug: 
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Bobbi on August 20, 2012, 06:47:38 PM
Hello Dennis:

I am thrilled with the drawing and sketching lessons.  I decided about 3 weeks ago that if I was going to paint, I needed to know how to draw.  It is definitely much more difficult to do than one would think.

I have done a couple of sketches, one of a brown eyed susan and a couple of cattails or bulrushes if you prefer.  But I don't have any idea how to upload them.  Can you shed some light on this for me?  Thank you so much for all that you are doing.

Bobbi
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on August 20, 2012, 09:16:20 PM
Hi Bobbi, here is the link to tell you how to add a photo
http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/topic,1184.0.html (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/topic,1184.0.html)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on August 21, 2012, 12:11:20 AM
Bobbi, I'm looking forward to seeing your sketches.  :gl2:

 
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 21, 2012, 03:57:54 AM
 :wave:  Hi Bobbi, hope to see your sketches soon. Just in case I missed you....   :bigwelcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Bobbi on August 21, 2012, 11:09:11 AM
Thanks Dennis et al.  I hope I have done it right.  I did some pencil sketching this past weekend whilst out to our cabin.  Then when I got home I found this lovely lesson awaiting me.  Thought I would share.  The one in the small notebook is a black eyed susan, a popular wild flower, and the second is the end of the rail fence near the drive.  Didn't have good paper I think as the pencil leaves very little markings without a great deal of effort.

Please let me know if they show up.  I can't find them; but then I am a computer dummy!

Bobbi
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 21, 2012, 12:10:26 PM
Sorry Bobbi, went to your gallery but couldn't find them.  Have another go.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Bobbi on August 22, 2012, 02:47:22 PM
Hello all:

I told you I was computer illeriterate!http://www.paintbasket.com/members/Smileys/webby/confused1.gif  I can find my pencil sketch in my folder, but I can't find it in the gallery.  Therefore I have done it wrong and have now idea how to fix it.  Anyway, I am having fun and learning lots.

Bobbi
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: SunRai on August 22, 2012, 08:02:50 PM
Bobbi - one way to add a photo directly to a post is to click on   +Additional Options   right below the widow you are typing your post in.  Then you can "browse" through your computer files and click on the file for the picture you are trying to add.  It will insert the link right into the little search window.  Then when you hit Post, it will show up - or at least it should!  If is doesn't, maybe your file is too large. If that's the case you will need to make the picture smaller, and those instructions will have to come from someone else   :gl:

In another post this link was added as a way to change the file size of your photos - maybe it will help you, but I haven't tried it.

http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/ (http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/)

-Pat


Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Bobbi on August 23, 2012, 01:33:15 AM
Once more.  The size was too large.  Both were taken together and for some reason I can only separate and get one.  Oh well.  It is what it is.

Bobbi
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Lillian on August 23, 2012, 12:40:04 PM
Hi Bobbi,

 :congrats:  You managed to post a photo!  Did you do the drawing on colored paper?  I have taken  photos at night and even with the flash, they turned out this color.   :)  Now I wait for daylight and they turn out better.  I'm not real great at fiddling with my camera.

Anyway, I love drawings of old fences.  Yours looks great!  What I would suggest is that you darken the area between the logs where they are in shadow and gradually lighten as the log comes into the light.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 23, 2012, 01:06:13 PM
Bobbi you've just climbed another rung up the PB ladder!   :clap: 
Your fence looks good, hard to tell from the photo but a bit of darker shadows will really make it 3D.
Great job, well done   :clap:   :clap:

 ???  When's the next one coming?   :whistle:   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: ncwren on August 23, 2012, 05:18:34 PM
 :clap: I'm glad you were able to get your picture posted!
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: SunRai on August 23, 2012, 05:43:34 PM
Bobbi, and everyone else - I stand corrected on posting a photo   :knuppel2:   :thumbdown:

Although what I posted was technically correct, Dennis reminded us that we should be posting into our Gallery albums, so that all may see them more easily.

YES - that makes sense.  SORRY DENNIS   :blush:  And thanks for the reminder and the link to the information on how to post a photo to the Gallery.

I'll try to be good  :angel:  from now on - but no promises that I won't flub up once in awhile!! :idiot2:

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Bobbi on August 24, 2012, 01:32:59 AM
Thanks everyone for all of your help and encouragement.  I love the idea of watercolor, but I am trying to set it aside for a bit and get a better handle on drawing.

I have several other drawings that I have done.  Last night I drew the pepper mill and salt shaker on the kitchen table!

I have a love of old wooden barns, stone buildings and bridges and old houses.  Hard to say what comes next.  Old barn I would guess.  :thankyou:

Thanks again for the encouragement.  And, I will post to my gallery. :hug:

Bobbi

NOTE by Dennis.   Place the cursor where you want it and then just click on one of the smileys above and it will place the code for it there. When you post the smiley will show up in the correct place.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: jennylynn on August 27, 2012, 08:08:33 AM
 :welcome:  bobbi to paint basket your sketch is good hope to see more of your drawings
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on July 10, 2013, 01:07:44 PM
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT LESSON!!!! Don't breeze over it  :knuppel2:

I couldn't remember which post it was, I think it may have been Lynn(?), about watercolour sketches she did on a trip. There were two books recommended. I happened across Dennis' recommendation (it is now out of print). It was difficult to find and I paid a bit more for it but it was well worth it. Thankyou Dennis  :-*

'Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook' by Brenda Swenson  (Walter Foster Artist Library Series)

Highly recommend it if you can find one. Perhaps if someone remembers the post or other book they could post it here.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: BeaSue on July 12, 2013, 07:54:49 PM
Val, the cheapest I could find her book was in the $30 range. But I did become a follower of her blog, which looks quite good: http://brendaswenson.blogspot.com/ (http://brendaswenson.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: BeaSue on July 12, 2013, 08:15:13 PM
NEWS FLASH!

I just ordered Brenda Swenson's book. "Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook" for $6.77 + shipping from Marker Supply:

http://www.markersupply.com/kewask.html (http://www.markersupply.com/kewask.html)

Thanks for the book recommendation, Val. NOW I need to go back and watch Dennis's class about this.  :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: jrhall036 on July 12, 2013, 10:44:49 PM
I just ordered my copy from Marker Supply, too!  Thanks so much for posting this link, Susan and Val!
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on July 13, 2013, 01:04:48 AM
 :heeha: WOW!! Good for you Sue, what a find! I googled the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks out of the net until I was crosseyed  :D and never came close. I couldn't find a used one that cheap! I actually emailed Brenda to see if she had any copies left  ::) She didn't. ;D

Yes I get her newsletters, some great tips and ideas.

Good on you Jani, I've already read the book twice going for a third round. Fantastic!

This book is such a huge help to me, I hope it does the same for you.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: BeaSue on July 15, 2013, 10:42:15 PM
Okay, I have just watched the sketching class. Wow, Dennis! I come away so inspired. As you know, with my Stage IV cancer diagnosis and my age of 66 (I know...a mere youngster to you, Dennis.) I am simply grabbing hold of as much learning and inspiration as I can. I may choose to spend a little time with sketching for a while.

Or not.  ;). I will probably try to do both.

I feel so blessed to have found Paint Basket.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 23, 2016, 03:19:57 AM
Dennis,

Our art society was setting up for an exhibit today and one of the features will be a memorial to a member who passed away recently.  On display is her sketchbook.  You would have loved to see it.  She was a fabulous artist and minutely detailed each painting in her sketchbook before she ever wet her brush.

I just reviewed your lesson on this and realize that I actually have been doing many of your suggested practices because I had actually taken notes from this lesson about 2 years ago.

So, even though we think we know things, it's really good to go back and watch old lessons and reinforce what we have learned.

Your instruction is TIMELESS!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 21, 2016, 07:33:16 PM
Very valuable lesson, Dennis.  I am so happy Cyril suggested we take a look at it.

I did a quick sketch of the group of men from the PDF. (What were they looking at??)  Then I color washed it.


I can see now that I need to learn how to make sketchy faces and hands.

Hope to do more of these as often as possible.

Such a quick and easy feeling of satisfaction.  I can actually see my progress!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: lynn p. on August 22, 2016, 12:58:48 AM
Love this mea!! Good for you. Val, you have such a good memory. The book I recommended was watercolor sketching for Travelers by Peter McReynolds
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 22, 2016, 01:30:18 AM
Thanks, Lynn.  I'm somewhat pleased that I got the body shapes pretty well, but the faces and hands were my undoing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: lynn p. on August 22, 2016, 12:32:56 PM
Mea, I find the following helpful.  Draw hands like a "mit" just getting the shape of the hand without much finger separation.  Sometimes one finger separates from others so draw the mit shape around all but one. Study the negative shape between separated fingers and draw that.  For faces, think value change rather than features.  If the face is not looking up or down, usually the darker values will be about half way down the head so just darken where sockets would be--think plane change.  A little shadow value under the nose and under the lower lip can sometimes give enough info for the features.  Don't draw eyes and noses so much.  Make sense.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 22, 2016, 01:36:39 PM
The book I recommended was watercolor sketching for Travelers by Peter McReynolds

 :thankyou: Lynn, looking for ways to get some items shipped in.  :( Getting things here is rather difficult.  :idea:   If anyone wants to come visit just let me know!  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 22, 2016, 03:55:25 PM
Fabulous advice, Lynn.  Will practice that today.

I value your input so much.  I even have a file called "Learned from Lynn!"

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 22, 2016, 06:45:19 PM
Here's my sketch book entry for Chapter 8 - Draw Anything!!!


Used a uni KURU TOGA 0.5 mechanical pencil for this.  I am having much better luck with my drawings using a mechanical pencil.  It allows me to make very fine lines.

Disadvantage to that is that they do not photograph very well, but I'm sure you can easily identify the items that I sketched.

I wish Dennis and Cyril were here right now so I could give them warm hugs!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 22, 2016, 09:01:44 PM
Well done Mea  :clap:     I like your little pregnant crock! Very cute.  O0     
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 22, 2016, 11:43:04 PM
 O0 So fun Mea. I love your little sketches. I must re-watch this lesson soon. You recent sketchers are having too much fun.  :2funny: I want to join the party!  :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: dennis on August 23, 2016, 08:06:48 AM
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I wish Dennis and Cyril were here right now so I could give them warm hugs!

I'm here Mea  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 23, 2016, 06:28:57 PM
Thanks, Dennis.  I needed that!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 23, 2016, 06:31:22 PM
Thanks, KathyS.  Actually, with your busy schedule, the sketch book would work if you kept it close at hand.  Great when you only have a few minutes here and there.

Thanks, Val.  Little crock due in four months.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 23, 2016, 08:04:00 PM
Little crock due in four months.

 :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 24, 2016, 03:13:35 AM
Got some more sketch practice today.  This is Dennis's army boot.  I think I made the bottom a bit too fat.  Hope your foot didn't really fill all that space, Dennis.



I like doing the watercolor washes.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 26, 2016, 06:42:39 PM
Yoohoo, anybody home.  I posted the army boot sketch two days ago and no one commented.

So good, you don't know what to say???  So bad, you are afraid to say it???

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 26, 2016, 06:54:09 PM
Yoohoo, anybody home.  I posted the army boot sketch two days ago and no one commented.

So good, you don't know what to say???  So bad, you are afraid to say it???

aloha

mea

 :2funny: You are so cute, Mea. Do you know how many times I have thought and wondered the exact same thing about one of my posts? You actually have the courage to ask!  :clap:

I think your boot is great! I like that you added the color wash too. I want to branch out to color washes as well.

Thought... As long as you are sketching and practicing, what if you were to try a little pen and ink???  :whistle:  I know, I know... You are intimidated by pen and ink.  :o I personally think you will LOVE it once you try it. Get a couple Micron pens. They are easy to control for learning. Just a thought  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 26, 2016, 11:13:37 PM
Thanks, kathy s.  I bought Micron pens a year or more ago and have not used them  I am smitten right now with mechanical pencils  Maybe that it a way in.

As for posts not being responded to, I think my problem is that often I am the only one online because of my time zone.  So I think there is a flood of new stuff first thing in the morning in other parts of the world, so mine gets lost.

No problem, I'm bold.  I'll just remind people of it!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: TeresaM on August 27, 2016, 12:44:25 AM
Oh Mea i just had to log on quickly before i went away for the weekend just to say you crack me up just when I need a laugh :2funny:.
I like your boot drawing and the colored one makes it look more 3d.
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 27, 2016, 05:14:53 AM
Thanks, TeresaM.   I love to have fun with words.

Have a great weekend.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: cyril on August 27, 2016, 07:45:27 AM
Hey,  Mea!  sorry not to comment , was bit busy with my daily work schedule.

   your sketches are really great   :clap: .. keep on doing it...

  here is my imaginary landscape  sketch done both pen & pencil and a w/c versions as well. i may convert this  into a acrylic painting some day. :)

   
 
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 27, 2016, 07:50:42 AM
Cyril,

You are really doing some neat stuff.  Thanks to you, I see the advantage of the daily sketching.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: TeresaM on August 27, 2016, 09:24:34 AM
Cyril,

You are really doing some neat stuff.  Thanks to you, I see the advantage of the daily sketching.

aloha

mea


I agree Mea
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: Val on August 27, 2016, 12:04:11 PM
 :surrender:    Is it safe to come out?   :2funny:

I did comment on this the other day!   :confused:   Seems to have gone walkabout! Shame that, it was really good!  ;)

I can't think exactly what I wrote, so I'll start again. I thought the sketch was good, by adding the colour washes you gave it new dimension. Great job Mea.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Should I still be ducking?   :attacked:           :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #16 - On using a Sketch Book
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 27, 2016, 03:36:15 PM
No worries, Val.

Last post I have from you on this topic was the about the pregnant crock.

Some cyberspace elf must be snacking on messages.

aloha

mea