One Year/100 Paintings - #33 - Unfinished Figure - A rather blobby figure painting attempt from an earlier live model drawing session. Watercolor and Gouache in 8 x 5 Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.
One Year/100 Paintings - #32 - Olive Oil and Olives - painted from a reference photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash.com. Watercolor and gouache in 8 x 5 Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, painted on my lunch break.
Recently I've been working toward digital urban sketching on a regular basis including creating classic car digital watercolor sketches at local car shows. I'm hopeful that I can pass the sketches on to interested owners of the cars during the show.
I've been using the Procreate app for iPad on my 12.9" iPad Pro second generation with some very nice watercolor brushes that I've received through my premium Skillshare account. I'm still working on my technique, but the process is that I make a blue line or pencil sketch in Procreate with direct observation, finishing the sketch later at home with color, using a photo reference.
I've been able to send a finished jpg file to interested owners via email. I've had business cards printed up to hand out with my information, and I write the owners email directly on the sketch layer in Procreate, since that layer won't show up in the finished file.
This week in Create-A-Thon 2017 - Urban Sketching. I have, in the past few weeks, been carefully putting together an urban sketching bag with essential supplies that I might want to use without carrying too much. I've found a light weight stool and had thoughtfully chosen which sketchbooks I wanted to carry. I have been a member of two Urban Sketching Facebook groups for a little while and I finally got up the nerve to join in on a meet up for each of them this past weekend.
On Saturday, I joined Harrisburg Sketchers at Fort Hunter Park along the Susquehanna River for a beautiful autumn morning of sketching. After completing two sketches, I introduced myself to a few of the other sketchers and enjoyed a couple of conversations about sketching, art materials and looking at sketchbooks.
On Sunday, Isaac joined me to meet up with Urban Sketchers Baltimore in Fells Point. Isaac had intended to work en plein air in oil, but was unable to find a suitable subject. I was able to meet a fellow sketcher in person that I had communicated with on Instagram. After completing a couple of sketches, I talked to some of the other sketchers, but was not able to stay to have lunch due to a prior commitment. I was excited that Urban Sketchers Global later reposted my favorite sketch of the day on their Instagram account.
It was a great weekend to get outdoors and try Urban Sketching, and meet new people. I'm looking forward to future events with both groups in the coming months. I think I might sketch outdoors on my lunch break until the weather starts getting colder.
I've just completed my yearlong 2016 Film Camera project but I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish for 2017 for a couple of months now.
After years of being out of art school and with our children all grown, I've been sketching and creating projects with renewed artistic energy the past 2-3 years. The local newspaper took notice of my instagram postings and included me in a story early last year about artists carving out creative time while working full time jobs. I've been trying to squeeze in time to sketch and experiment with new art supplies or processes all year long while working on the the film camera project which brings me to my project idea for 2017 - a year long Create-A-Thon!
I will be trying out a new art material or process roughly on a weekly basis, depending on how much time I want to spend on each one, while blogging about my experiments and posting photos. My bipolar mind wants to try so many things and my studio is filled with no end of creative supplies that I've been buying like crazy with A.C. Moore and Hobby Lobby coupons. I have mounds of sketchbooks as I can't pass up a good looking sketchbook when we go to a new place to visit or I take my son shopping for art supplies for school (he's in the fine art painting program at MICA).
I still love film photography and will continue practicing it in the new year, but I would like to narrow it down to just a few of my favorite cameras, which currently happen to be ones using Fuji Instax Mini and Wide films. At some point during the year I will also try to get into my darkroom that I set up over a year ago.
Here is a list of materials and processes I will be using for Create-A-Thon 2017:
1. Derwent Graphitint pencils
2. Derwent Inktense pencils
3. Derwent Aquatone pencils
4. Peerless watercolors
5. Prang Professional Pan watercolors
6. Prima Decadent Pies watercolor pans
7. Prima Classics watercolor pans
8. Prima Tropicals watercolor pans
9. Coptic Stitch Sketchbook
10. Gelli Printing
11. Museum sketching
12. Urban sketching
13. One Sketchbook, one pen, one week
14. Watercolor Painting
15. Oil painting
16. Acrylic painting
17. Oil pastel
18. Mixed media
20. Live model drawing
21. Take a class
22. iPad drawing in Procreate
23. iPad drawing in Paper by 53
24. iPad drawing in Autodesk Sketchbook
25. iPad drawing in Concepts
26. iPad drawing in MediBang Paint Pro
27. Week of portrait drawing
28. Self portraits
29. Winsor and Newton Pigment markers
30. Faber Castell Pitt artist pens
31. Nicole dual tip markers
32. Grayscale Value studies
33. Line art with brush pens
34. Duct tape sketchbook
35. Dip pen and ink drawing
36. Hand lettering
37. Sketching people at the mall
38. Mono printing with 3D objects
39. Sun prints
40. Cyanotype printing
41. Darkroom printing with caffenol
42. Fuji Instax peel aparts
43. Print photo or painting on watercolor printer paper
44. Use Bristol board
45. Use mineral paper
46. Use canvas paper
47. Watercolor painting of cats
48. Loose watercolors
49. Fill one sketchbook per month
50. Toned gray sketchbook drawings
51. Toned tan sketchbook drawings
52. Christmas card art
54. Winsor and Newton Watercolor markers
55. Variety of Watercolor pencils
56. Tim Holtz Distress crayons
57. Tim Holtz Distress markers
58. Koi Waterbrush markers
59. Sketching with Carpenter pencils and lumber crayons
60. Make watercolor blocks
61. Drawing on the Iskn Slate
62. Drawing on Wacom Intuos tablet
63. Assemble Skilcraft Visible Head model
64. Assemble Skilcraft Visible Cow model
65. Assemble Lindberg transparent alien
66. Assemble Lindberg transparent woman
67. Draw the same subject in 5 different mediums
68. Copic marker drawing
And anything else that catches my fancy in the new year.
I have successfully completed the pen and ink drawing challenge for InkTober 2016! There were 31 brand new Sherman T. Skully drawings created this month. It was quite a challenge as each drawing took about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete from start to finish, sometimes spanning the entire day as I could find a few minutes to work on them. I created a list of ideas the week before InkTober to work from.
Each drawing started with a pencil sketch in a Piccadilly blank page journal, sometimes using reference for that day's activity. After working out the concept in pencil sketch, inking was done with a Pentel Pocket Brush and sometimes with a new pen that I tried that I received in my October Art Snacks - a Copic Gasenfude Pen. I liked drawing with the Copic Gasenfude, the tip seemed a little shorter than the Pentel Pocket Brush. The ink in the Gasenfude did not appear as black though as the ink in the Pocket Brush.
After inking, I used watercolor pencils on the cream colored paper of the journal, which is not watercolor paper. After wetting the watercolor pencils with a waterbrush to blend them, the journal pages would really curl and buckle, but I like the way the color looks on them. The finished drawings were scanned on Epson V500 Photo flatbed scanner.
I will be continuing the drawings, though not on a daily basis, so be sure to follow @sherman.t.skully on instagram to see what he gets into next.
For this year's Inktober challenge I will be drawing a new Sherman T. Skully cartoon each day! Look for new postings to my Instagram account devoted to the goofy skeleton @sherman.t.skully
Last year I purchased a ZYLC leather pocket Traveler's Notebook from Amazon after comparing it to the Midori Passport. I had been researching the Midori Passport and watched a few YouTube videos to get more information about them when I found this version of the leather notebook having an embossed floral pattern on the front. I really liked the look of it and also that the elastic straps that hold the notebooks inside were in the center of the spine instead of the back of the notebook like the Midori. After looking at samples of the Midori on Instagram, I also found that anything other than a Midori was referred to as a "Fauxdori".
The ZYLC pocket notebook came with a couple of notebooks, but is also compatible with all Midori Passport notebooks and accessories. I ordered a Midori blank sketchbook and use that for light watercolor ink and wash sketches with a Uniball Micro Fine Point Pen and a homemade pocket mint tin of watercolors. I also found that the ScoutBooks brand fit inside very well and have used the blank journals prepared with a Gelli Printing plate to give the pages some texture and background color for my line art sketches and doodles. I use a Uniball Signo White pen, brush pen and a Uniball Vision pen on these.
I carry the notebook and pens with me always in my messenger bag or in my pocket if I'm not carrying the messenger bag. I use this to occupy my time while waiting at restaurants for dinner, doctor's appointments, car repairs, and even while at the ER with my mother in recent weeks while she waits to be treated. I feel this is more productive and creative than checking my phone for email and social media updates.
We all know how I love to participate in daily artistic and photographic challenges, so I was all in when I saw postings of World Watercolor Month on social media sites from some of the artists I follow. The challenge is to try to paint something in watercolor or use watercolor in some way in your artwork, for each day of the month. The watercolor challenge was made to help support the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, that provides art supplies and opportunities to underprivileged children. I've taken this opportunity to practice my watercolor skills and try some new things with watercolor.
So far, I've missed one day of the challenge, simply too exhausted to paint after a frustrating evening trouble shooting a problem with a digital design situation. I've tried to use different techniques than my normal line and wash painting style, experimenting with different types of paper, watercolor paints, pencils, and markers. I even signed up for a class in painting clouds in watercolor that took place for one evening at the local arts council.
I watch a lot of instructional videos on Artists Network TV, YouTube and such, but I think I just need to actually paint more. I finally tried the Winsor and Newton Watercolor markers that I purchased last fall, and I have to say, I'm very impressed with these and definitely want to experiment with them. I also took this opportunity to start my bird journal in the very nice handmade watercolor book that I bought at Hobby Lobby last year. The handmade paper in the book is not really ideal for watercolor, but the texture is so interesting, it gives a different effect to the finished painting. We are in the last week of the challenge, but I'm confident I can complete it.
Sketching entries in my Global Art Handbook Panorama.