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Drawing August Part 5

6 tiny watercolor drawings

Drawing August is obviously over now and these are the last 6 drawings. I think keeping the drawings small was a good plan so that completing a drawing every day didn’t become too taxing in terms of time or energy.

My plans now are to keep drawing regularly but I won’t necessarily produce a finished drawing every single day. I’ve actually made a start on my architecture drawing from Liz Steel‘s klass during the last semester of Sketchbook Skool so that’s kind of my next drawing priority for the moment.

Drawing August Part 4

6 tiny watercolor drawings in a grid.

I’m into the home straight for Drawing August now so only 6 more daily drawings to go.

I did experiment with photographing this page because again, scanning seems to have an odd effect on the colours but then photographing it didn’t seem that great either. I decided to stick with the scan for now because it just seemed faster and simpler.

I’ll post both the high-res scan and the photo to my Flickr stream though so you can decide for yourself which you prefer. Just click on the image above to link to the high-res scan then press the left arrow key to view the previous image which is the photo.

One thing I have noticed is that the colours of the things I’m choosing to draw have been a bit more subdued this week. I wonder if that’s a reflection of how I’ve been feeling. Could well be.

Nature Sketch

Watercolour landscape

This is another Sketchbook Skool drawing from a few weeks ago. I’ve still not made it out to do an architecture drawing for Liz Steel‘s klass (I will at some point) but this one is a nature sketch I did when Cathy Johnson was teaching us.

I did this from a photograph that I took (but didn’t post on here) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The bit on the right hand side is just a section of the facing page that the scanner caught. Cathy recommended playing around with all the different greens, yellows and blues in our palettes so we had a reference point for the main drawing and it was (and still is) very handy to have that.

I resized this picture before posting it, as I do with all the images on here but with this one you can click on it and see the higher-res version on my Flickr stream if you’re interested.

When I Drew Tommy Kane

Watercolor portrait of Tommy Kane

Back in April I signed up for the first semester of the online art class, Sketchbook Skool, set up by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. I’m just coming to the end of the second semester and I’ve learnt a lot in the 12 ‘klasses’ I’ve now taken.

In the first semester Danny’s friend Tommy Kane taught a klass and inspired each of us to draw a detailed picture of our kitchen.

At the end of his klass quite¬† few students drew portraits of Tommy and sent them to him. In June I noticed that Tommy had set up a Tumblr blog, where he posted the portraits he’d received and mentioned that if anyone else would like to have a go he would email them a high-res photo to draw from.

I emailed Tommy and he said that I was the first to get in touch as he hadn’t launched the site at that point. I did my drawing quite quickly and sent it off but it was only last week that I contacted him and found out that he’d never received it so I sent it again and it’s now on the Tumblr alongside about 200 others, which makes me quite proud. It was also great to get some really positive comments about my drawing from Tommy, an artist whose work I admire.

Not long after I finished my drawing I was also very relieved to hear Danny comment that Tommy is almost impossible to draw and that no-one ever quite manages to capture a true likeness. That made me feel a bit more relaxed about sharing my drawing!

Drawing August Part 2

6 small watercolor drawings on one page grid

Here are drawings 7-12 for Drawing August this year. Looking at the scan of this page I’m starting to wonder if it might be a better idea for me to photograph my drawings in future. I think I’ll have to experiment with that.

I’m in the last few days of Sketchbook Skool at the moment too and have one more homework to do this week. I’ve also got a few drawings that I want to keep working on from this semester as well and lots of ideas for new sketchbook projects. I seem to have 3 sketchbooks on the go at the moment and 2 more waiting in the wings. More about that in my next post!