There is nothing like a road trip to get me thinking about what I want to do with my various sites and why I am online. Sitting 5-6 days driving in one direction, visiting family and then turning around and driving back for another 5-6 days meant I got to think a lot – a real lot…
I thought about what was satisfying about keeping a blog and why I was doing it. I was thought about this blog and was trying to figure why it did not have the same spark for me. I also was trying to decide what I was going to do with my old site of In a Minute Ago when the two ideas clashed together and I realised that this blog had become focused on just sketching and that is only one aspect of journaling. So I have decided to re-launch In a Minute Ago as a site which explores the rich diversity of contemporary journals and journaling techniques and turn it into a resource site that offers ideas and prompts that people can have fun with. Since sketching is part of my journaling practice I will be blogging about it and related topics over there. So dear readers this blog will go dormant
Visit In a Minute Ago I hope to see you there
I discovered this wonderful Video of Zandra Rhodes talking about using sketchbooks. I love her “You just have to Live with it” comments and was amazed at how thin the paper is in her obviously well thumbed art journals.
In digging around I found this wonder piece of Zandra Rhodes at home in her studio. There are lots of images of her highly original work. Everything about her work makes me smile as it is all such a celebration of what she sees.
Back in January I wrote how Jerry was making a new violin. when he finished it I decided to sketch it (of course). This is the first sketch of the new violin in our house. This is also a EDM challenge sketch #17 which reads Draw a musical instrument
Then the following day I decided to make a page spread to celebrate that he had actually finished building it. I think it’s sort of magic how someone can make a musical instrument.
I am still working in my hand bound journal and some of the paper is smooth for writing but I wanted an interesting surface to sketch on as I wanted to capture a little more of the feel of the instrument. I tore up some old sheet music and used Gesso to glue it to the pages. I then used watercolour paints, inktense pencils, artist pitt pens, and colour pencils to draw the violin.
I thought I would share some of the process and the finished page spread. Click on the images to see larger versions.
If you want to hear it Jerry made a youtube video to share with some facebook mates. You can view and hear it below.
I often draw the same thing more than once because the item itself is slightly different, or I see it differently, my skill level changes, my focus changes, or I use different media on different paper. What ever the reason each sketch presents a different set of challenges which I can learn from. Today I am sharing two recent drawing of pears. One is done in the journal and one is done in my new one.
EDM drawing prompt 62 reads Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.
I have sketched pears before (I love them and they are in our fruit bowl often!) These two sketches are done a couple of days apart
The first is created with coloured pencils which I blended with rubbing alcohol. It was one of the drawing exercises in one of the online classes I took. I am working my way through a number of exercises from various classes with a little more thoroughness. When doing online classes because they are not a regular thing in my life I find I either have to hurry to do the exercises or they slip and they don’t get done.
I do not use a lot of coloured pencil but I like them because they are a dry medium. There are many times when I can not use wet media. For instance just this last Sunday I was drawing in Our National Art Gallery and they only pencil. So I am keen to experiment with coloured pencils more.
The second sketch is done in my new journal. You can see one of the spacer cards that I have bound into the book. I have cut the edge of it with one of those paper craft punches that creates fancy deckled edges. The sketch itself is in the top right hand corner of the page because I will write on the rest of the page. For this sketch I used my Lamy pen with De Atramentis document water proof ink in it (fog grey) watercolour paints, Derwent watercolour pencils, Derwent Inktense pencils (almost a disaster as they were too strong for the image) and a touch of white conte pencil.
The two sketches were done days apart and I learnt much about materials from both of them. I hope you have enjoyed my little ramble and explanation of the two drawings.