Sunday, September 11, 2011
You've been missed, my friends!
This sketch (above) is done directly in ballpoint, watercolor, and on regular drawing paper (as are all of the sketches in this post--in a sketchbook with 'drawing' paper). The model was on the figure drawing tool here. At least, that is where I thought I saw her. I'm on that site a lot though, and I've not seen her again since. Maybe they took that one off?
Well, since I can't be sure where I got this, here are links to the sites I go to for photo references:
I've sketched so much lately that I've been hitting that zone where everything seems to come easily, the first time. On these days there is very little need for an eraser. Though I still get days when I'm just off, and everything is a struggle, and I erase, erase, and erase! Happily, the on days now outnumber the off ones. I recently went back through some of my older sketchbooks, and I can actually SEE some improvement. This of course makes me want to sketch even more!
I wish that I could show you my current sketchbook in it's entirety. It is by far my favorite. Unfortunately, it won't fit on the scanner. It is even hard to look at in person because I used it landscape-wise instead of the portrait because of its size. It is spiral too and I always had the spiral at the top, so every page has to have the book tilt in the other direction to see it right-side up. That is something I didn't think about when I started this one! But I am proud of it. It has less 'bad' sketches than I have ever had. And I have NO pages that I hate, unlike every other sketchbook that I have. You know, those pages that you just want to go away and stop reminding you how bad you were that day?
Well, I hope that I'll be posting more frequently now. It was hard knowing what to say after being gone so long and having so much happen in the meantime. My temptation was to come on here and start at the beginning. But believe me, that would take a week of posting everyday...big, long, wordy posts too! So, I've hit one giant edit key, and hope I can just take off where I left last time. Oh, and thank you so much for your emails. I'm sorry I didn't answer. It was one of those frozen-because-I'm-overwhelmed situations. I currently have over 200 edm emails sitting unopened in my mailbox. The more they backed up, the harder it got to even check my mail! I'm going to make an honest effort to get through it all. I'll be around to comment again very soon!