Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Glorious, Sunshiny Day!!


The sun came out and I could think of no better way to celebrate the occasion than to lie down in the grass, smell the earth, and soak up some of that precious vitamin D I've been craving! (well, no better way that was practical at the time!) Of course, I had my sketchbook with me, much to the dismay of my fellow celebrator!


This began as a blob of paint that I used to test the paper of a new journal I got from Hobby Lobby-- a 7" X 10" spiral bound Canson Mixed Media journal. About a week later, I was wanting to doodle but felt stymied by the blank white page, so I flipped back through previous pages looking for a place to stick a doodle. That is what all the mini portraits were about...fear of facing a new white page, and instead of jumping in there, I found small places on previous pages to cram in some sketches. Well, at least I did draw! And the picture above is that fearsome blank white page.


This is another of those tiny portraits I did. An inchie. It is loosely based on Capt Elaine's profile photo. Really, I should say "influenced by" because I really, really felt like drawing and I saw her icon and in a couple of seconds had this down. I know Elaine has to be thinking, that doesn't look like me at all! And she would be right. I was basically jotting down the composition, maybe we could just call it taking visual notes. I loved the way the dog came out.


I caught this guy's profile for only a second. I was happy with how well I caught his likeness. Only, he was walking, and was wearing an orange jumper. I didn't get any of that down fast enough so I made up this little scene. The orange came out a little (lot) stronger than I like. I think I'll go back and change the color of the background. There's too much competition with his face.

27 comments:

  1. I always like your sketches....They are always so natural and casual. Well done Raena! :)

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  2. Great sketches Raena,the first and last ones are my favourites...I quite like the orange background. Glad the sun came out for you

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  3. I LOVE these!!!! Thanks for the inspiration to do a line drawing over a page that has been painted with a graded wash. Great idea! And I noticed you tagged the post with Lamy Safari, which is interesting because I was really upset about how none of my pens was working well on the Arches CP paper in my sketchbook. Then I pulled out my Lamy and voilla! It just needed a fountain pen. Now I'm double happy. Thanks for the great post.

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  4. Fantastic Raena!!! You have a great eye for composition and style. The detail in your city scape is awesome! Great job on everything here!!

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  5. All of your drawings are just delightful! Enjoy your sunshine!

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  6. These pictures are lovely - your observational studies are so good, I need to get out and do more 'from life' stuff. Great work!

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  7. Awesome collection! Love the little square form and the coloring, and your drawings are always so cool!

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  8. Great work! You really have talent for capturing the "personality" of people and objects in your drawings. How long does it take you to do them?

    PS: I envy your sun :)

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  9. I like all of these--especially the napper. Great perspective on his arm.

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  10. Great little sketches, love looking at them.

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  11. Splendid sketches, every one! I especially love the one with the dog because that dog looks so much like one of my beloved doggies who's had a celestial discharge. I'm going to have to try those inchie portraits - I love what you've done with them! nancy

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  12. These are great especially the top one!

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  13. OK - I have a new sketchbook that you know about with daunting white pages. The first page is always the hardest because I always want perfection, and I manage to avoid that problem further down in the book - but it will be done..it will. And then the problem will be someone else's. :) (Maybe we should have called it "Hot Potato")

    I love every one of your sketches in this post! I think you are really getting better and better. The first is tight, well done, and I love the border. The second looks like a professional illustration in a science fiction novel. I love the loose quality of the third and the monochrome color scheme. I think it is neat how on the fourth you were able to preserve the profile image in your head. I'm getting better at doing this too. And I love how glazes enable us to change colors!

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  14. Whoops - my imagination went a bit wild. When I enlarged number 2 - no science fiction. lol.

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  15. These all are delightful sketches. My favorites are the first two. You dealt with 'the fear of blank page' well!

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  16. Very nice! I love the doodle, and I will happily try the idea of your mini portraits and doodles. I might even go so far as to putting down colour here and there as a base for a doodle like that. The mini portraits of your previous post are wonderful too.

    Well done!

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  17. Thank you all very much! On this post, only the one with Elaine is an inchie. The others are larger. The first one is about 3" X 4". I think the blob is 2X2, and the last is about 1.5 X 2.5. I think I might try to frame the first one (it's my favorite, and my husband), but that would mean cutting it out of a sketchbook. Maybe I'll just make a second one!

    Dan: I would say ha-ha on facing that white page,but it would be pointless, I'll be facing something harder soon--trying to keep the quality up. As for the science fiction, you made me want to add a few UFOs!

    All: I'm very surprised at how much you like the blob doodle. I almost didn't post it. Now I'm thinking I should try it more often!

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  18. I do too love the blob doodle! And love your portraits.
    Lucky to soak the sun in the grass, enjoy.

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  19. Wonderful sketches! I especially love the first one. Awesome and a great border, too! The second, the "blob", is really wonderful. Such a neat way to start a sketch!!

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  20. Wonderful sketches! My favourite is that awesome cityscape, with such a powerful red sky! I just LOVE it!

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  21. Raena - I love the cityscape sketch - looks bright and sunny.

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  22. My works must always tell a story :) your illustrations r very different, the first one is so realxing ! nice job

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  23. I love these sketches and I might try my hand at the "inchie" by the way Check out the Sunshine Award I left for you on my blog!

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  25. Oh, Raena, these are all wonderful! I love the top one the best, but I love your process throughout all of these.

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