Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sketching William

I thought you might like to see how I go about sketching our lurcher lad, William.  I set up the

camera on a tripod......it still managed to go out of focus for a few seconds grrrr....but overall it

is clear - I zoomed in on me sketching and I think the result gives you the general idea of how I

sketch the lad.




















Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's all about SHAPES

Shapes...okay so I'm going to say that word a few times here....

Everything is a Shape...when you are drawing anything, look at it carefully and decide what that shape is.  Keep in mind that some things are just one shape, but some are a combination of shapes put together.  

Remember the kids toys when you put a triangle brick into the triangle gap, etc...think about those when you look at your subject.   For instance when I'm drawing William, I had initially asked myself what shapes I saw.  From my example, you can see I've broken it down to basics.....






Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Gribble seat

Have you ever heard of a Gribble....well you have now - plus it's actually a seat in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight








And this is the actual seat...




Unusual for sure!



Monday, 20 October 2014

Fungi sketches

From my previous post, I have now sketched some of the fungi....I enjoyed this first sketch the most

as it gave me a chance to use opaque and transparent watercolours in layers.  Yes, I used both on one

piece of work, it worked for me and gave the look I wanted to achieve....whether this breaks 'the

rules of watercolouring' I don't know, I just go on instinct most of the time ....












Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fungi

Plural I guess is the same as singular.....Fungi 

I have no idea what these are actually called as individual species, does it really matter, probably not unless you are a fungi expert, but by heck they are pretty.....






















This was the largest, about 5 inches across....


I think my next job will be to sketch them, that will be another post though.


Have a great weekend.




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

Clovelly

We took our friends Lynn and her husband over to Clovelly. This quaint little village sits on a very steep hill.....another one!   We love our hills here in Devon.






Lynn and I kept stopping to take photos, so the lads had to keep waiting for us...


The cobbled street was quite difficult to walk on, especially as it was so steep.  Going back up proved to be much easier.






I loved the carved design on this building...










at this point, Lynn and I opted to sit on this bench and do some sketching.  We left the lads to walk the rest of the way down to the harbour....






There was something nice about looking down onto the rooftops...

which I sketched, but added the paint later.....



We had such a good day with Lynn and her husband Fred
and it was lovely to take them around our
area to show them some of the sights.

Lynn and I got so much fun out of sketching together.









 




Thursday, 9 October 2014

Sketching with a friend

Sketching is fine on your own, I do that often, but this week was great for sketching.  My online friend Lynn Cohen and her husband have visited us.  Besides taking them out and about to see the local sights, Lynn and I got to sketch together - AT LAST, yay.....we have had so much fun.

Lynn braved the cliff railway at Lynton...even though I'm sure she was really scared....and still manage a big smile



I couldn't blame her being worried about it though...look how far down you go


providing you don't look down you get to see a fantastic view...


then in Lynmouth we got the lads to wander around whilst
Lynn and I sketched a while...


see the people to the left....one of them is photographing something....but what

this..........


Here's Lynn sketching...



and some of my sketches....







 After Lynmouth we drove round to the valley of  rocks where we sketched in the car whilst the lads went for a walk...