AJW Challenge “An animal”

Drawing of a water dragonThese water dragon lizards live under the bridge in the green belt at the end of our street. Some days they will sit still for hours sunning themselves on a rock. In the middle of summer on hot days they move a lot more. Not exactly frolicking but definitely active as it was nearly 35 today. So I worked from a photo as the prompt for Day 4 of the AJW challenge is “an animal”.  I used watercolour, my lamy pen, and pitt pens in a Strathmore mixed media journal

As usual click on the image to see a larger version and I always love peoples comments.

The AJW Sketchbook challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey  proposes a daily prompt throughout January which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group

This is also prompt 44 off the  EDM challenge list  which reads draw an animal , a pet or from the zoo. The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has  an active Facebook page.

Something Industrial page spread for sketchbook challenge

Something Industrial art journal page spread“Something Industrial” is the prompt for Day 3. This topic had me scratching my head as Canberra is not very industrial. Although I want to draw from life as much as possible, I decided use some photo sources and try to use them in a manner that pushed me a little. The photo I used were taken at Cockatoo Island when we were on a visit to Sydney. I did not want to simply draw from a photograph but use the shapes and main lines in them to create a page spread that could be “Something Industrial”. As usual click on the image for a larger view.

How I created the art journal page spread

I first lay down a layer of gesso. While the gesso was still wet I pressed a nylon net into it. When the net was lifted it left the impression of a grid that echoed the appearance of wire fencing. I then added some torn paper scraps before allowing that layer to dry. I knew the impression would create a texture that would be picked up by paint.

After going through my photos sources  I arranged 3 basic sketches on the page. I did not want to copy photographs but I used them as sources to hint and shapes. I chose them to provide strong directional elements on the page. The first was a pipe and stopcock that provided a strong vertical line. The next two drawings were of cranes that provided some strong diagonals on the page. I used watercolour paint and pitt pens to define the key lines and shapes of the industrial elements on the page. I let that layer dry.

I did not want the various elements to be illustrations as such, but to hint at mood, so painted over some parts of the drawing and then used some modelling paste and stencils to create another layer of texture. The stencils were commercial plastic stencils of a grid and a second had a pattern of V like lines. The modelling paste drys clear but it picks up textures when you paint over it. When the paste was dry I added another layer of watercolour paint using glazing to evoke mood and depth. Then as a contrast using craft dye cutters I cut some small squares and disks of printed paper. These prints had an industrial feel and the clean cut shape set a small contrast up against the hand painted shapes.

On the final layer I used colour pencil to add a little more depth. I hope you like my interpretation of this challenge.

The AJW Sketchbook challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey  proposes a daily prompt throughout January which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group

AJW Drawing challenge day 2

AJW drawing of a stack of booksDay 2 of the AJW Drawing challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey reads draw your favourite book that includes the title. I am no good at choosing favourites when it comes to books. I have lived with thousands (no exaggeration) in my house all my adult life and I have never understood how people can choose favourites. Instead I picked 3 books from the pile beside my bed and sketched those.

I sketched them quickly using watercolour and my Lamy pen in a Strathmore Mixed media sketch book. As usual click on the photo to see a larger version. For those interested the books, they are Notebooks by Betty Churcher (really loving this book). Do Travel writers go to hell by Thoma Kohnstamm is an eye opener about the travel guide writing industry. The Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger I have only dipped into but is worth a longer review as I am enjoying the way the information about topics such as colour, pigments etc is presented.

This art journalling challenge proposes a prompt everyday in January.  The idea is to draw or create a page spread in your visual journal and share it in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group

This is also prompt 27 off the  EDM challenge list  which reads draw a book. The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has  an active Facebook page.

AJW Drawing challenge day 1

Happy New Year everybody!

Drawing-bell-decoration

With the new year comes new challenges and this sketch is part of a drawing challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey. It is a fairly easy going challenge working everyday in January from a list of prompts. I will probably hop around the list a bit as I hope to mainly draw from life but the challenge allows the use of photos. The idea is to draw and share it in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group

The First day of the challenge reads: sketch an item than you can’t bare to throw away but should. This is very similar to the EDM challenge 114 – Draw something ugly you love and keep for sentimental reasons. Here is  the EDM challenge list . Scroll to see my efforts. The Every Day Matters drawing challenge also has a  Facebook page. So my new starts combining two challenges in 1

This is a very tatty and tired Christmas decoration because it is 64 years old. My Mother purchased in the first year of her marriage. It was not long after the war and it is made of brittle cheap plastic with fake mistletoe woven in and out of it. It has aways been part of our Christmas. There are photos of of us 3 kids with the “mistletoe bell” and it was always hung somewhere in our house. Now that I have inherited it, I hang it on the tree each year and it holds very fond memories for me but it is ugly tacky thing that should be thrown way.

I sketched it quickly using watercolour and pitt pens in a Strathmore Mixed media sketch book. As usual click on the photo to see a larger version.