Up early drawing breakfast

sketch of toastI am up bright and early as it is a long weekend and we are busy! We hope to go out, Jerry with his camera and me with sketchbook but the garden needs a bit of work, we are seeing some friends and there is the usual  weekend fruit and vegetable market to go to. So today it is my breakfast that got sketched. I eat multi grain bread you know the sort, it’s healthy and when you look at it if looks full of bird seeds that get stuck in your teeth.

This sketch was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook but this time I used a dip pen, some sepia ink and watercolour paint. As usual click on the image to see a larger version.

Some rambling thoughts on the size of the sketchbook I am using:

I am rethinking the size of my next journal. This journal is 5.5 x 8.5 (approximately A5) and for many of these drawings I have to draw across the centre fold and I don’t really like it. Many sketchers do it and it means you can carry a smaller sketchbook with you when you venture outside to draw. This particular size fits in a hand bag easily so it can be carried everywhere. I had thought that if I used this size and sketched across the page spread for a month or so I would get over it. I think when this sketchbook is full I will go back to the way I used to do use A5 journals, which is to draw on one side of the page and write on another.

Over the weekend I will take with me a larger sketchbook. I always feel that a A4 ( 8 x 11 inches) sketchbook can look a bit pretentious but I am going to give it a go and see if my drawing on location sketches can be improved. I was trained to draw from the shoulder standing at a easel so small sketchbooks that force me to draw from the wrist make me feel tight and cramped. What happens is, I go to draw the line of a bridge or something in a good strong line and then I hit the centre of the book have to lift my pen and continue the line. To be honest it drives me mad! I am always thinking about it.

I have decided that I gave it a good honest try, not once or twice but for a block of time and drawing across a double page spread regularly is not me. Perhaps I will come back to it occasionally and see if I feel differently, but I think it is going to be one of my quirky traits.  So this weekend when out and about I am going to test using a larger A4 (8 x 11 inches) size sketchbook as I have been doing Liz Steel’s Sketching now course and the last few lessons involve sketching outside. I usually use one sketchbook at a time as I like things in chronological order (another topic I will no doubt natter on about some day) so I will see how I go.

Oh I do chatter over my breakfast…I would love to know how others choose the size of their sketchbook as little things like this can stall and annoy someone and I will not improve without practice. Leave a comment as I am curious…Ok I will be off and get on with my day.

This sketch was prompted by #295 on the  EDM challenge list it reads: Draw some toast. This is also a prompt for another facebook group called A sketch a Day which for day 18 suggests we draw something that starts with the letter T.


Everyday matters Drawing challenge #133

sketch of a peachI felt I could not let summer pass without drawing some our wonderful stone fruits. I love peaches and I think it shows.

This little drawing exercise is rendered in watercolour paints, Faber Castell artist pitt pen, and my Lamy pen which is loaded with De Atramentis Permanent Ink. This ink is suitable for fountain pens yet waterproof. It is bit of find as many waterproof inks and Indian ink will block and often destroy a fountain pen.  I am currently using a Strathmore  mixed media sketchbook. I created the flesh of the peach texture by dabbing a bit of tissue on it while the paint was wet

Fortunately this is also a drawing prompt on the Every Day matters list as #133 reads draw a peach!  I also found another facebook group called A sketch a Day which has a daily prompt. Day 2 is of a piece of fruit so if I want to play catch up this fits the bill too.  I have joined the group but I am not sure I will catch up and then keep up as I am already bounding around a couple of challenges. I have to admit to using them for very selfish purposes which if you have not guessed my personal goal is to draw from life regularly. I am trying to establish the habit and stay in the routine.

Also for those who are not on Facebook much – the facebook groups are great. Blogs are still my thing but to reach out to people who have similar interests and share with them what you are doing groups are great. Just about everything else on Facebook bores me silly but the groups are fun.