Sunday, 31 January 2016

366 Daily Sketch challenge - more portraits

What a week! 
It's been unbearably hot and humid 
which makes me feel like a badly wilted flower. 
We don't have air-con so we make do with ceiling fans. 

Weather aside, I have continued to sketch daily.

To pick up where I left off, 
here is the lovely daughter of a Facebook art friend. 
Reference photo used with permission.  

24/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Graphite and watercolours 
Highlights are done with Art Spectrum gouache


A couple of process images 


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Next up is Sktchy artist/user, Katya Khodyacheva. 
In the original image, Katya had a scarf wrapped around her head and face 
but I instantly saw long hair billowing in the wind. 



25/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Graphite, watercolours, and Lamy water-soluble ink. 

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For the following portrait, 
I used another of Ashley Goeltz's images.
I have done a few of sketches of Ashley via Sktchy.
She has a unique style which makes for an interesting model.

To start with, a simple graphite sketch
and a splash of watercolour.


More watercolour

a couple more layers and the final result
26/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Graphite, watercolours, acrylic gouache, and Lamy water-soluble ink. 

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Day 27 and another Sktchy subject - iam ALVA. 
The image speaks of love and trust to me.
It was adorable so I just had to sketch it.
It makes me think of the relationship
I have with my own fur-kid, Cody.

Early stage 

and finished 
27/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Graphite, watercolours, acrylic gouache, and Lamy water-soluble ink. 

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I only had time for a very quick pen sketch on Thursday. 
You guessed it...another Sktchy artist/user. 
This one is Jonathan Kalema. 
28/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
BIC ballpoint pen in black

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And last one for today's post anyways... 
Sktchy artist/user - Jessica Aguirre 

29/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
graphite and watercolours

I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches again this week. 
You can check out the other participants HERE.

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Apparently, there will be no relief from the heat
over the next few days.
Instead, it's going to get even hotter....NICE!
As if I'm not melting enough already.
Winter can't come soon enough for me.
I'm definitely a cold weather gal.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Monday, 25 January 2016

366 Daily Sketch challenge - more portraits

It's nearly 5am on Monday morning 
which is my usual time for waking up  
and I realised I'd forgotten to do my Sunday post. YIKES!!!

Better late than never, I guess.

My sketches so far....

For the record, I normally sketch directly with pen/ink 
unless I want soft edges in a particular piece. 
I will then use a graphite pencil. 

Week 3 - male portraits

I'd like to thank all the Skchy artist/users 
who put up images via the app for us to sketch.

First for this post is Sktchy artist/user - Thyago PLAY 

18/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched with Platinum Carbon pen and watercolours. 
White highlights are done with Art Spectrum gouache.


The following one was a little embarrassing/confusing for me. 
The Sktchy user is Esther Michelle and 
I thought this was a case of her putting a pic 
of a boyfriend or male relative up on Sktchy. 
I did the sketch but,
after reading a comment by another artist, 
who also sketched the same image,
I am now thinking that this 
could possibly be a female subject 
...sporting a very short hairstyle.
The suit threw me off a little too.
If that is the case, my sincerest apologies to Esther Michelle 
for her ending up in my 'male' portrait week.

19/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched with Platinum Carbon pen and Lamy water-soluble ink. 
I then used white acrylic gouache to tone down the ink which I had gone 
a little heavy with on the face.


Next up is Sktchy artist/user, Martin Rodriguez. 

20/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched with graphite, Prismacolours, 
and BIC Cristal Pocket Scents ballpoints pens. 
Highlights are done with Art Spectrum white gouache.


Next up is Sktchy artist/user, Eden Suoth. 

21/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched with a ZIG Millennium 005 ink pen 
and Faber-Castell PITT pens for the solid blacks.

And so ends the seven days of male portraits.
The next seven days will be a mix.

The following sketch is Sktchy artist/user, Fancy DRAW.
Sorry for the poor lighting in this one. 
I love dreadlocks so just had to try my hand at sketching them. 
Boy, were they tricky! 

22/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched with a ZIG Millennium 005 ink pen and LAMY water-soluble ink.


Last up is a dear artist friend from Facebook, Chelle Mayer
who gave me permission to sketch one of her photos. 

First layer of watercolour

Final layer

23/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Graphite and watercolours 
Highlights are done with Art Spectrum gouache

I'm a little late with Sunday Sketches but thanks to time-zones 
I can sneak in the back door before anyone notices. hehe 
You can check out this week's participants HERE.

I'll be back with more soon....

I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Catching the sunrise at The Spit, Main Beach

We woke at 1:30 in the morning, got ready, and
 left home at 2:50am to head to The Spit at Main Beach, 
determined to catch the sunrise. 

I LOVE the beach 
and the last time I was at the Gold Coast 
was way back in 2007! 
Far too long and, after our visit this morning, 
we plan to do it more often.

The Spit was still in darkness when we arrived around 4am.
Note the star in the sky

The sun started to rise around 4:50am

The clouds on the horizon meant we had 
to wait a little longer to see the sun fully. 

And it didn't disappoint...
Bradley is on the left; Aaron and Eliana on the right.

It was amazing to see the rich colours 



It was so beautiful and almost blinding...

I was in awe....

Getting sand between my toes...hehe  
There were lots of seagulls about. 

We had a great time! 
It's now 4 o'clock in the afternoon 
and I'm feeling quite tired after our early morning start. 

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I have been sketching but haven't taken photos yet...
I hope to be back tomorrow to show you them. 
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