My son and I spent a lovely afternoon at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles last weekend, and after lunch at Short Stop, we strolled the market where I took lots of photos of fruits and veggies. When I came home, I sketched some of them in pencil, then went over those lines with ink, and finally used watercolor. I used the grid layout technique taught by Jane LaFazio in Sketchbook Skool for this sketch.
I apologize for cutting off the top of the photo. My two page layout wouldn’t fit in my scanner!
This rose grew in my back yard. It was so beautiful I tried to capture it. So far, I think this is my best attempt at sketching and painting a flower.
As part of Sketchbook Skool homework, I was playing with my watercolors. I started by laying down a wet wash of yellow, then proceeded to drop in every other color I had in my palette. Next, still playing, I spritzed it with water, which made it quite wet and the paint started dribbling down the page. I kind of liked what it was doing, and guided the drips a little by adding more water and blowing on the paint. After the first “tree” appeared, I repeated the process a few more times, and found my big trees. Next I laid in the distant background trees using the same technique. Next, still using only watercolor, I added the washes and foreground details. Lastly, I picked up my brown Pitt pen and followed the lines the paint made, to create my rainbow forest. It is something I’ve never done before, and it was fun!
This is an exercise I did for Sketchbook Skool, based on a class by Prashant Miranda.
Here are my dogs taking their morning walk.
This week in class we’re working on sketching hands. I’m really enjoying these exercises. Learned that hands are the same size as the face…who knew? That explains one reason why the hands in my drawings often look odd.