Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober 14-18

Inktober 14-18

Putting five days of #intober #inktober2017 sketches on one page might seem a little like cheating. But, if I want to do an ink drawing every day in October, I can not spend hours on every one. During a busy week, drawing the same ordinary object every day meant I didn't need to spend time asking myself, "What to draw?"

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober 7-13

Still on track for #inktober2017 with 13 ink drawings on the 13th! My rules (since everyone can customize this challenge to suit themself) are:
1. I can draw from photos, which I do not usually do. But 3 of the sketches above were done from photos, and I think I learned things from each one.
2. I can do more than one drawing to catch up if I miss a day. But I am not letting myself do extra drawings for upcoming days. Arbitrary, yes. But the idea is to get in the habit of drawing more regularly, using small bites of time in my day.
But all of the drawings below were done from life. The windbreak at Steamboat Rock State Park was so absorbing to draw that I lost track of time!

Inktober 11
Inktober 12-13

Friday, October 6, 2017

Intober 2017 sketches 2-6

Inktober 2_3_4
A mixed bag here, but that is what you get in #inktober #inktober2017. A few sketches of the fans at the Copper Coin during the Seahawk's game on Sunday. And some small sketches of two of Seattle's best parks. I have discovered Ian Sidaway's blog - which I recommend for anyone who loves pen and ink - and you can see his influence on these sketches.
Inktober 6 Inktober 5

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Don Colley Workshop and #Inktober!

2017_10_01 2nd Ave S and Dakota St

Sunday I attended a workshop with Chicago artist, and Urban Sketcher Don Colley. I have admired his lush, textural drawings for years, and never miss an opportunity to see his work in person. It was under his influence that I first started sketching with the Faber Castell Pitt Markers, although my techniques evolved in a more minimalist direction. If you are interested in a detailed description of the workshop, check out Sketcher Tina's post.

It is also #inktober2017 #inktober and I am counting this as my first ink drawing of the month. Only 30 to go. Actually, it is the scanning/posting that I fall behind on (I am on track for drawing), so I will probably post in 2 or 3 batches for the month.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Grumpy Sketcher

2017_09_17 USk Ballard Locks

The USk Sunday meeting was at Ballard Locks this month, and I was feeling contrary. It was the first day I had to put on a raincoat since June, and I wasn't in a "scenic" mood. So I sat on one of the benches, with no view of the locks at all, and drew what was in front of me!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Coastal Trees

I love the wind sculpted forms of coastal trees. We spent a couple days camping at Kalaloch in Olympic National Park on the Washington coast. Simple pen and ink wash seemed enough.

2017_08_31 Kalaloch ONP 2

2017_08_31 Kalaloch ONP 1

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Perspective Practice: Beacon Hill Light Rail Station

A recent outing with the Urban Sketchers at the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station gave me a good opportunity to practice basic one point perspective. It was hard to spend a sunny August morning underground, but I am hoping for a few more weeks of outdoor sketching this year!

2017_08_20 USk Beacon Hill Light Rail