Last Post for a few Weeks
Yesterday, while I was supposed to be getting ready for my trip, I sat down with The Drawing Book, by Sarah Simbletf or a few minutes. It was highly recommended to me by Nina Johansson, and I want to say thank you Nina! It just arrived yesterday, and it’s really wonderful. If you’ve ever had trouble drawing hands and feet for example – the instructions in this book will help. After readng them through, I did a quick sketch of my hand that turned out ok; where I would usually spend at least 15 minutes getting it right – if not more, in less than 5 it came together. Not perfect, but a big improvement. There’s even a page on ellipses, and somehow they are easier to do after reading it.
I bought a new sketchbook for my trip, which of course I had to try out. It’s by Hartley and Marks and is called a paperblanks old leather. The cover is gorgeous hand-tooled leather. I tried watercolor but it doesn’t work as well as a watercolor moleskine – It’s perfect for water soluble pencil though. Here are a couple of pages :
Remember that poppy I sketched a few weeks ago?
and, lastly, a couple of drawings from life class – the first very small (sketchbook size) and the second very large. I was happier with the second before the teacher came by and wanted me to fill in all the white areas – a tip I read too late in the Sarah Simblet book – don’t let anyone tell you how to draw if you don’t agree….
And now I’m really going! Thanks to Ronell for the beautiful bon voyage post!