Sunday, March 11, 2018

#oneweek100people2018 (my) best of...

Last week was all about sketching people. And, much as I was ready for it to be OVER by Friday, this kind of intense and focused challenge does pay off. By the end of the week, you are observing more and drawing it more easily. So I am sure I will be back for more in 2019. Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights...
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On Friday I got to take advantage of an Urban Sketchers outing at Fran's Chocolates in Georgetown, where they are gearing up for Easter. Sketching the chocolate makers at work made a great change. It was fascinating to watch the speed and precision of the truffle maker. And I was amazed when I realized one of the other women was gilding chocolate eggs - dusting it on with what looked like huge cosmetic brushes.

Monday, March 5, 2018

One Week 100 People 2018

It’s that time of year again! Urban sketchers Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steele are hosting their annual challenge to sketchers to draw 100 people in one week. I did it last year for the first time, and wow! When you focus that hard on your drawing, you will see improvements. I cannot keep up that level of focus throughout the year, so I have been looking forward to this challenge to get me motivated again. I will be posting daily on instagram and will do a roundup here at the end of the week. Meanwhile, how many people will you draw? #OneWeek100People2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Urban Sketchers Seattle 10x10 classes in 2018

For the second year, USk Seattle is taking part in 10x10, the worldwide initiative to offer educational workshops wherever sketchers live. Launched in celebration of Urban Sketchers’ 10th anniversary in 2017, the program brings a variety of courses on urban sketching techniques taught by talented local instructors in their home cities. All workshops are on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9 a.m. The cost is $60 each. A free Program Kickoff Event will be held March 3, 4:30 p.m., at Daniel Smith’s Seattle store. (Although the kickoff is free, registration is required.) Meet the instructors, see their sketchbooks, and learn about the workshops before registering. The kickoff will be followed by an unhosted, informal “drink & draw” at a nearby location, which will be another opportunity to talk with instructors who attend this optional event. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Little Scattered...

As usual, January was a mixed bag...
2017_12_8 USk Holidays Seattle

2017_12_30 coffee shop
2017_12_31 Seahawks Fan

I am still drawing in the Stillman & Birn Nova (tan) book. In fact, I have started my second one. I like the paper a lot. It has a little texture, but is very compatible with fountain pens. The paper is very opaque and most everything I have tried on it works well.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square

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More experiments with dry-brush technique in a Stillman & Birn Nova tan sketchbook. I did the line drawing on location and most of the tone and hatching was finished later.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Inktober 29-31

It is with a bit of relief that I post my final #inktober2017 #inktober sketches. There is also a little regret too. I know that, without the daily challenge, I won't draw as frequently as I did in October. That challenge to draw each day made me try new techniques and made me draw things that I would not ordinarily draw.

Inktober 29
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I did not limit myself to any particular theme or type of drawing. I knew it would be a challenge just to finish. And, technically, I missed two days. And there were some days I made myself draw something, just to get it done. But there were also a lot of drawings that I really enjoyed making, and I am glad the Inktober challenge gave me the push to do them.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Most of Inktober 19-27

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A little bit of everything in the penultimate week of #Inktober #Inktober2017. I have been having a good run with the new Stillman & Birn Nova sketchbook. Once we settle back down to a normal sketching schedule, I should post more info about the paper. Meanwhile, to see all the Inktober sketches, hit that Flickr button in the sidebar.