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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils on Strathmore Bristol Board
11×14

Cup of Joe

A little ink work in the new sketchbook. I’m trying to take the suggestion from an article I read in a recent issue of Artist’s Magazine. Without looking up the quote, the artist interviewed essentially said to stop looking for inspiration in other people’s artwork, but instead create your own. How many wasted minutes have we scrolled through Pinterest looking for inspiration, only to lose sight of the real goal of seeking inspiration?  She feels that when we go searching like this, we are really seeking for artwork to copy, rather than create something original.  She also said to use a variety of materials and experiment with them; stop placing so much pressure on yourself to create a perfect piece every time… Or at all. What better advice? Don’t we place too much pressure to make everything perfect, especially the first go around, because we are all so short on time. 

In this sketch I drew my morning coffee cup, and I didn’t care that you could see all the lines I used to get the curves accurate. I also used several ink options, and made notes to the left to remember which pens I used. I placed a little anecdote in the corner about my dsncing boys, who were engrossed in their Lego playing, which allowed me time to focus on my art (I didn’t even mind the few interruptions from the boys asking me to pry those tiny Lego pieces from their counterparts). Ahhh another peaceful Monday morning. Let there be many more this year!

P.S. I would like to fill the rest of the “white space” in, and may do so later in the day. 

 

Chillin’

Today was sort of a lazy day around our house, which does not come often. The sight of my moccasined feet up on our reclined couch? Rare! So I thought I’d sketch while I had the chance. This is done in Micron black ink in my Moleskin sketchbook, roughly 5×8.

Crusher

Crusher 1-24-16

This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys.  There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.

I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss.  I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book.  The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration.  Can you find the circles in this sketch?  The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art.  That’s just my thoughts so far.  I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.

Camping Sketch: Water Bottle

Here is a sketch I did this past weekend while camping with my family.  By some chance I actually had time to sketch twice (a miracle, believe me!).  I enjoyed sketching this bottle, and would have liked to have completed the scene.  The bottle was placed at the end of our picnic table among an identical bottle, and several other items (bug spray, sunscreen, etc).  But, alas, time is short with twin three year old boys, so I stuck to the single bottle.  This was drawn with a Micron 03 black ink in my Moleskin sketchbook, about 5×7, a little longer I think.  Enjoy!

bottle 8-29-15

Portrait in Plaid

Here is a pencil portrait from a photograph of my son.  It looks nothing like my son, naturally.  However, I was pleased with the results for the most part.  Done in my moleskin sketchbook with a basic Ticonderoga #2 pencil.  For the life of me I couldn’t get the nose right.  I’m just amazed that I had 20 minutes or so to work on a sketch today.  My boys are particularly lazy today, maybe due to the 90+ degree weather outside.  Enjoy.

Scan

ADK Chair

child chair

We took our first camping trip of the year last weekend to beautiful Woodford, Vermont.  I (attempted) to draw (between interruptions from twin crazy boys) one of my child’s Adirondack Chairs.  It’s a little messed up, but I don’t care.  I often like smallish mistakes in drawings.  One more addition to the Moleskin sketchbook, done with Micron black ink pens in a #5.  Never mind the bizarre “rock” formation to the right…

Bicycle Sketch

bicycle sketch

Here is the latest, sorry for the hiatus, things have been busy around here and I spend most of my days outside with my boys.  This is a sketch done with Micron ink black #5 pen in my Moleskin sketchbook.  It’s of a bicycle I picked up on the side of the road for free which the boys argue over.  It has no pedals, and they can barely reach the ground, but it’s still favored.  I can see the obvious mistakes, but the fact that I even got ten minutes without interruption to sketch is a miracle, so I’ll take it.  I may finish it out by adding more cinder blocks (which edge our garden) and maybe something in the background.  Unsure yet.  Enjoy!