Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stick and ink apples

Stick and ink sketch of apples from my apple tree. 

Drawn with a sharpened stick from the apple tree. There's less control using a stick but I like the results. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pencil crayons and Alice Walker

Alice Walker

This week's class was about faces and their proportions and using complementary colours to create shading and tone. The face was done in class with pencil crayons. I wanted to finish the drawing but I don't own any pencil crayons. I have all sorts of paints, pastels, markers, a whole assortment of art supplies. But no pencil crayons.

The drawing was done using a newspaper photo as refernce. Unfortunately, I don't know which newspaper or any way of crediting the photo. It was in a bag of an assortment of photos the instructor had. I was happy to sketch Alice Walker. She's someone I've always admired for her activist work and her writings.

I scanned the floating head into my iPad and finished up on Procreate. I'm pretty happy with the results.
Pencil and pencil crayon on paper 

These classes have been great, although I do miss not meeting up with my fibre friends Wednesday nights. If you guys are still reading my blog - Hi!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

October 2014 Desktop Calendar

October 2014 desktop calendar 
Week three watercolour class - This is a tree I sketched from a photo, then painted with watercolours. We had to look at the photograph and decide on one primary colour and then use the complementary colour as the accent. 

For the desktop calendar, I scanned the painting into my iPad and reworked it in a series of painting apps. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014


So last night was the first watercolour class, needless to say I had a ball! The class was small (3 people) and the teacher is quirky. You know its going to be good when the teacher starts the class by reading out loud a children’s book “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s about a boy name Ramon who loves to draw until a snide comment made him doubt his abilities when his drawings don’t look quite like the real life objects. It wasn’t until his sister commented that it looked vase-ish that he realized that drawings don’t have to look exactly like the real thing as long as the feel of it was there. I don’t know if that was the intended message of the book but that was my takeaway. 
Anyway, we started with some blind contour drawings. I’ve read about them but never tried that before. This is my first…a little stuff bear. I looked at it and thought yep, bear-ish.
On a side note, Peter H. Reynolds is also the author and illustrator of another favourite book - The Dot. Google International Dot Day. He’s right. A signature makes your picture better. ��

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September 2014

2014 September desktop calendar
September is one on those in-between months where it's not quite summer anymore and not quite Fall yet. It's time to start looking at cozy sweaters without worrying about heat exhaustion. It was a really warm summer. The plus side is that our garden loved the heat...especially the tomatoes.

Tomatoes are at the end now, time to harvest what's left in the garden.

Painted in Sketchclub, Procreate, & Glaze on the iPad.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Hotel Europe

Photos taken and manipulated in phone camera.  Stairs and lobby photographed at the old Hotel Europe in Gastown.  A very cool building - it's called a Flat Iron building with the whole building shaped like a wedge or flat iron.  It was built in 1909 and it used to be a hotel.  Now it's low income housing.  The lobby still has all the original marble stair and brass railings.  The tile mosaic work on the floor was absolutely gorgeous!  Apparently, rumour has it that these may be the haunts of two ghosts!

Brick wall was a photo of a really cool brick wall I saw in Chinatown.  

Friday, August 01, 2014

August 2014

August 2014 desktop calendar 
It's August and the year is more than halfway over. Hubby has another two months to his retirement and I have another two years to go.

As a kid, August was a time of laziness for me. It was ok to lie on the cool grass for hours at a time and do nothing but watch the clouds go by. August was endless.

As an adult, August goes by way too fast. August is the other side of the year. The days feel shorter now.  There always seems to be so much to do and so very little time to do everything. A two week vacation is gone in a blink of an eye. I feel like I'm running out of time.

August 2014 was done in Procreate, filters created in Glaze, with everything imported to Sketchclub to combine and final editing. Calendar insert is from here.