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.


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4 Responses to Up early drawing breakfast

  1. Toast. My favourite food! 🙂 Interesting point about the sketchbooks size/layout Sharon. I would left to my own devices, have sketched on one page of A5 – nice and cramped, but, as you know I am trying to get more free and draw larger! So for the past 3 sketchbooks I have made myself use an A4 which originally seemed huge and terrifying, but I now enjoy. My next one is a between A5/4 size square one and I have yet to attempt an across the page spread so it will be interesting to see what happens and how I feel about it. I also like to complete one at a time!

    • sharonb says:

      Gosh Jules great minds again! I am going to bind some books that are 21cm x 24cm about(8 x 9 inch) I have the paper cut and signatures folded but have yet not had time to stitch the signatures – I am doing a mix of papers cartridge, watercolour, some toned paper etc but it is as far as it has got at the moment. I figured out it is the biggest book I can fit in my hand bag

  2. sheryl lilly says:

    i have been using a 4×8 and its good but i will try a larger one next time. I didn’t know Liz Steel was TEACHING AN ONLINE COURSE. Please let me know how you like it? My sketchbooks are erratic and drawing and writing are all over the place.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Sheryl yes Liz Steel is doing a course I have no hesitation at all in recommending it. To be honest it is the best online course I have ever taken. Liz is clear and the course is structured well. Each week I have learnt something from her that has been very constructive. It is a large class and the course is 12 weeks long but has been really worthwhile and will be happily signing up for all her classes. I suggest you sign up to her newsletter. There is a link to it on her side bar of her blog. The link to her blog is in the post.

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