I continued on with the next two lessons in my sketching class. Thank you to everyone who commented either here or through email and Twitter about my progress (or lack thereof)! The first homework assignment was to sketch a still life. The second assignment was to use pen and cross hatching to create texture. I sketched a vase and started cross hatching to show some shadow, etc. Well, I pretty much cross hatched the heck out of it which was good practice but not great in terms of actually showing shadows correctly. I posted this in the class homework section and this was the reply I received from Paul Heaston who is the instructor.
This sketch has better ellipses, nice job! You are getting some lovely textures with the cross hatching and the pattern on the vase. Look for highlight areas, where the vase is getting more light and less shadow, and don’t worry about cross-hatching in those areas.
Next time, I’ll be more judicious in the amount of cross hatching.
The next homework assignment is to work in watercolor. Hmmmm…don’t have any nice sets laying around..yup, back to Michael’s this morning for a water color pad, brushes and the paints. I had success in getting the pad and brushes but the watercolor paint set that is recommended wasn’t there. I came home and ordered it on Amazon. It will be here Saturday. I got the travel set of 24 colors so that I can take it with me to Kauai this August. I do indeed picture myself sitting in a lush, tropical locale with my sketch pad and watercolors and flowing, flowery dress and oh, maybe a sun hat. Can’t you just picture that? Ok, reality is I’ll be sitting in my wrinkled shorts and t-shirt begging my family to let me stay one more minute to get that last detail!! LOL!!
Yesterday I tried sketching on the go. I had to pick up Lindsey from school and had a few minutes to spare. I pulled out my pocket sketch book and a pencil and looked for something interesting. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong side of the parking lot with only this to look at:
I sucked it up and went to work. In a few minutes time, I sketched this:
Not terrible? I’ll be looking forward to that new paint set on Saturday and I’ll post my homework when it’s complete.
In sewing news, I made 4 tote bags for upcoming comic shows. Sock-It-To-Me-Toys is the name of the business that I am working with and they are attending quite a few shows in the near future. I enjoyed making these very much. They are fast and they are lined and boxed which makes them super nice. I hope they sell well at the shows. I have a lot more fabric so there will be more of these made up in the next few weeks.
Ok, don’t forget the Sail Away Mug Rug pattern in on sale this week for .99 cents on Craftsy!! After next week, it will be $2.00.