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Reply #60 on: August 27, 2012, 08:08:33 AM
 :welcome:  bobbi to paint basket your sketch is good hope to see more of your drawings
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Reply #61 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.


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Reply #62 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/
--Susan

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Reply #63 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

Thanks for the book recommendation, Val. NOW I need to go back and watch Dennis's class about this.  :whistle:
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Reply #64 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!
Cheers,
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Reply #65 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.  :)


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Reply #66 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.
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Reply #67 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

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Reply #68 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

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Reply #69 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


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Reply #70 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.

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Reply #71 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.
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Reply #72 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


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Reply #73 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

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Reply #74 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

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