Friday, May 29, 2009

Another gorgeous day at Pike Place Market.
Tourists friends, musicians, farmers and sketchers!
Another great exercise in using all of one's senses and 
the study of perspective.
Next week, pen and ink.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

more structure, additional tone studies

This exercise was about finding and searching out tone to define forms. 
Squinting at the subject is an excellent way to see the true base tones and sparkling highlights; an excellent way to define a compositional ideal.

Friday, May 15, 2009

SAM: Sculpture Park

Sketching at the sculpture garden, part of the Seattle Art Museum is perfect. Studying spatial depth, sequence of space and those gorgeous dogwoods in bloom all made the session wonderful. The sun was of great help as well. I will be back soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

still life study

still life: structure, then tone: creating a full range of values and creating a hatching technique, suitable to the form and expression of light.  Detail studies as one is working is a great device for 'getting it right', then apply to the larger composition.
Wet media next, watercolor studies!

Monday, May 11, 2009

John Haycraft study

A study with the aid of a wonderful text by John Haycraft:' Where was I?'
My student brought me the text to look at last weeks' class. Thank you Clarence!
I am always excited to find a fellow artist/ illustrator that resonates. Yes?
John offers a full range of illustrations in his book, studies, water colors and architectural illustrations; highly recommended.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pike Place Market Study 2, Seattle

Another trip to the market, pencil on paper with a great group of City Sketchers!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

structure, form, detail

Structure, form, detail... and in that order.
Layout of any subject requires planning, sometimes accuracy.
As to keep confident and your intent, give an overall structural layout of the view.
Then, once the 'hard work' is complete, begin the fun...form and detail.
Always keep intent in mind.