Taking a Class

DSC00004I am taking Sketchbook Skool
for two reasons:
I want to be able to go “lead-free”
— to drop my dependency on pencil lines first —
and because friends are teaching.  Some of the teachers are excellent pen-and-ink folks.
And all the kids are doing it.

From the Beginnings Class, techniques I am familiar with, and a sweet assignment, do draw something with a memory attached to it.  At this point I am not hearing anything I haven’t practiced from  the wonderful book by Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw, 1938.  Doing the exercises, enjoying seeing other student work, and keeping Beginner’s Mind when I sit to draw, so it’s all good.

I cheated and used watercolors, however.

From the Seeing Class, again, a slow drawing exercise that I loved,
and have done many times, though I did not use toast since I am not eating much
toast these days.  I used a small statue I have never tried to draw before, and
did it slowly and methodically.  I added moon and earth, obviously.

I tried Danny Gregory’s technique of using a wash in a gesture, then going back in
and drawing ink slowly over the wash.  This I loved, and will use again.

Lessons done, and Friday I will post my other sketches from this week!
Everything on this page was done with Cocoiro Pens, Pitt pens, and watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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3 Responses to Taking a Class

  1. Jeanette House says:

    Love your Beginnings Class piece!! So sweet. x


  2. Pingback: Challenge: One Book, One Pen, One Month, #2 | D.Katie Powell Art

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