Monday 19 September 2016

Sketching Now: Buildings Class homework

Hi everyone, 

Thanks so much for all the lovely and caring comments 
left on last Sunday's blog post. 
My back pain is finally starting to ease a little, thank goodness!

No creative lettering to show you this week as
I have been busy with a different online class over the past week, 
namely Liz Steel's Sketching Now Buildings course. 
I took this course to learn simple techniques that will help me 
on location when sketching buildings etc.

You can watch a video covering the course details HERE.

Below is some of my homework from the course so far.
These were all done from photo reference.
Each week, there are two homework lessons,
one that is indoors,
and one that is outdoors.
I've yet to catch up on the outdoors one.

As wonky as the results can be, 
I have so much fun with contour sketching. 
It's where you take a single line for a walk  
without lifting the pen from the paper.
It helps you to get a feel for the structure/object.

Sketching only negative shapes - in this case, the sky - with a brush and watercolour

Sketching the positive shapes with brush and watercolour

The previous exercises gave me a better feel for the structure. 
Here, I laid down the foundation lines only with a watercolour pencil
then followed up with ink. 

Then a splash of watercolour to bring it altogether. 

I am loving Liz's class!

I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches this week
To see sketches from other members, click HERE.

Sunday 11 September 2016

More lettering fun!

Just a quick post today as I'm feeling very tired. 
I've been in a fair bit of pain with my back this past week...
The walk around the lake last weekend aggravated it. 

I have managed to do a little more for my class homework. 
This homework was all about lettering inside a shape. 

Can you see the heart shape below? 

The heart shape below isn't quite as pronounced as the one above but it is there.
The heart is shorter and wider.

We also did an appropriate quote inside a shape. 

I'm having so much fun with the creative letter play. 
I would definitely recommend Andrea Joseph's Creative Lettering class.  
It includes 4 weeks of daily lessons apart from weekends. 
I still have some homework to catch up on so lots to do. 
These were done with a fine liner, ballpoints pens and a little colouring pencil 
in my A5 Moleskine sketchbook.

Linking up to Sunday Sketches again. 
Check out this week's other participants HERE.

Sunday 4 September 2016

Sketching and lettering fun!

I finally finished the double page spread in my Moleskine A4 watercolour journal.  The full spread is 58.4cm/23" across both pages.  I have been working on it here and there between the Sketchbook Skool Creative Lettering class videos and the subsequent homework.  I'm still behind on homework but I love that the classes are available indefinitely so there is plenty of time to catch up.  The lettering class is amazing and I'm already implementing some of the ideas into my journal.

I adore pelicans!  
While I love ALL birds, the pelican would have to rate in my top five favourites. 

Linking up with Sunday Sketches again and I'm actually on time this week! 
To see the sketches from other participants, click HERE.


Now, onto some of my Sketchbook Skool Creative Lettering homework from the past week. 
I can't tell you enough how much I'm enjoying the class. 


The weather was lovely today so we went for a drive to Forest Lake.  We stopped along the way to pick up some lunch at Zambreros Mexican favourite dine-in or take-away!  Their vegan burrito bowls are SO yummy!  Jalapenos and lots of spicy Verde sauce for me...LOVE their Verde sauce! I took this photo of one a while back. 

Another reason I love Zambreros is that, for every burrito or bowl you buy, they donate a meal to someone in need.  How lovely is that?!  This was a photo I took of their wall earlier in the year  so the amount of meals given would be much more now. 

There was lots to see at the lake and I will share more pics in my next post but I just HAD to share a few of the cygnets with their parents!  It's the first time I have seen baby swans in person.  And look at that, I even caught an ibis coming in to land and didn't realise it until I looked back on the photo later. Cool!

These cygnets were a decent size but they still had a soft down instead of adult feathers.
They were SO darned cute!

I will post the rest of the Forest Lake photos in my next post.

Today is Father's Day here in Australia and
 it's my second Father's Day since my Dad passed away.
I still hear his voice in my head a lot,
especially him singing songs.

I miss him every day.
Love you, Dad xo