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Friday, 11 January 2013

Old Discarded sketchbook


Having found an old sketchbook (that had hardly been used), thought it was about time I did something with it.   It's one of those with very cheap paper - Rubbish actually, but I didn't want to just chuck it out!  It will at least be good for notes, ideas, reminders and on this occasion I just wanted to play....no serious art.  Very relaxing not having the pressure of serious art isn't it....

anyway, this is what I played with - a sketch of little Hamish, from this pic




I literally just loaded the brush with Burnt Sienna and drew
the overall shape....

when that had dried

I used a darker mix and put in some of the darker tones..




and using clean water on a damp brush, just eased some of the edges out...
then left that stage to dry..


Whilst waiting for the above to dry, I mixed an
even darker mix for the Very Darks

 I realised his head was too high - so I used a clean damp brush and
 tissue to take that part out

and then added the Very Darks

I think at this stage it has actually started to be defined...
it was the Very Darks that did that...
                                                                                      
 I left that to completely dry

and

then

used Chinese White, straight from the tube on a very fine brush
to put in the eye lights, top of nose and a bit on the chin



and that's it

I have found a way of using a discarded sketchbook, due to its poor quality paper!
basically use it for Playing out Ideas and having Fun
 
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I am Linking to
Paint Party Friday today
(thanks to EVA & Kristin)

and do
have a great weekend everyone
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75 comments:

  1. I hate throwing things away too, so this was a good way of making use of a found sketchbook. Hamish is a sweetie! I'm still doing a few paintings, but the finished product isnt always to my satisfaction.... but I'll keep trying! Maybe I'll post some pictures of my efforts one day.

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    1. Keep to the paintings Shammickite, looking forward to seeing what you have done.

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  2. Love seeing how you did this....it's fabulous! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Kim, glad you liked this post.

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  3. You are just so clever! Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly, it's the brush that does the work :)

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  4. Your painting of Hamish is spot on!! so cute!

    I know what you mean about not throwing out paper. I have several sketchbooks that I bought cheap, they are great for doodles and quick paintings.

    On the other hand, I purchased several large sheets of 300 lb watercolor paper. But it was so expensive, I'm afraid to do anything on it as I know I will mess it up!!

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    1. I know what you mean about the expensive paper, I've had that issue too. I did find that with a large sheet, I could cut it into half or smaller (depending on the size of course), but that way it gave me more pieces of good quality paper to work on...if I mucked one up at least I wouldn't feel so bad about it :)

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  5. Thank you for the demo and loving the results. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  6. Wonderful!
    Have a great weekend!

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  7. A fun technique Ann! Thanks for sharing and happy creating!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your technique ~ now if I could only do that with my Yorkie ~ Wonderfully done!

    A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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    1. Thanks Carol, I think your Yorkie would be a great subject :)

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  9. I was delighted to see the evolution of his work, I value those results with watercolors ... "plas, plas, plas".Saludos

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    1. Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed this post :)

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  10. beautiful painting Ann and I also enjoy reading your process, it helps us beginners!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post Christine.

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  11. thanks of showing the steps-I wonder how artists do this. He is as adorable as the real thing!! Happy PPF!

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  12. What a sweet portrait of Hamish! Lovely!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  13. A very cute end-result! I loved to see your process,even in your "play journal". What a reminder that dark tones really define a painting!

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  14. Yes great idea. I enjoyed your post and the photos showing your creative flow a bit. You make it look so easy
    happy ppf and all week too
    -KAT-

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  15. I agree on what somebody else said, such a sweet portrait :-)

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  16. Irking when crappy paper is around can't toss it but results may vary your results look good to me Happy PPF!

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  17. How great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I love seeing how how you do your paintings without drawing them. A fun way to use up a not so great book. HPPF

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  19. Thanks for sharing your process...love Hamish!! He is adorable and sweet... Of course we know that's not always true...but he looks like a good boy!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  20. I like the freedom the old sketchbook has given you.
    Will loosed up your painting on the proper stuff, too! :) xx

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    1. That's it Pat, it does loosen us up with our painting. I had a small sample piece last year of really great paper (can't remember where from now) but it was like handmade paper and rough...I did a painting of Hamish on it, in one take, and couldn't believe how good it had turned out, it was all the paper's work I reckon that made it look so good.

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  21. Thanks Minnemie, Kat, Jane, Mary, Murray's Mouth, Cris and Giggles ...Glad you all enjoyed this post :)

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  22. I love it! So simple but has it to a T... beautiful

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  23. What a wonderful paint sketch of Hamish! Love it!

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  24. Many thanks Ayala and Judy :)

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  25. I LOVE it! So nice seeing your steps...and gets me inspired to work more with watercolor alone. Really lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much, nice to think this has inspired :)

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  26. how adorable! what a great watercolor painting explanation, too!

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    1. Ahh, thanks so much Gloria :)

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  27. Really cute watercolor, thanks for sharing the technique! Happy PPF!

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  28. Oh Ann I LOVE this!! I am really impressed with what you achieve with such simplicity. That is FINE art I tell you!! Really beautiful piece. :)

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    1. Goodness Crystal, that is high praise considering the amazing art you do. A big THANK YOU, I appreciate you saying.

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  29. Adorable! Next to William, Hamish is my favorite subject of yours!

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  30. Yes M'am...I think that's what art journaling is all about! You make it look so easy...and so good!

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  31. Hamish is quite wonderful. In lesser skilled hands though I am afraid the cheaper paper could be a deterrent. Your washes are perfect and how you placed them makes this sketch a pure joy to see.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Julie.

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  32. Sweet rendition of this dog. Paper quality did not stop you from making good art!

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  33. What a fabulous loose sketch Ann. I won't throw anything away either and insist on finishing my 'rubbish' sketchbook before I start my next one.

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    1. Good for you John, that makes 2 of us then :)

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  34. Querida Ann :) La sencillez de tu acuarela muestra una gran belleza y sensibilidad.
    Un abrazo.

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  35. Love your watercolored dog - thanks for sharing your process. I am using more watercolor (still struggling with it) and I think what you shared actually helped me tremendously

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    1. ...So glad to be of help Gina :)

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  36. Love the step-by-step demo!!! Nice!

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  37. What a cute dog! And you make it look easy, but clearly you know what to do.

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  38. Fantástico! Uma aguarela muito bem conseguida! Até parece fácil, mas exige muito treino...muitas horas de trabalho...
    Parabéns pela forma como apresentas as tuas postagens.
    M. Emília

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    1. Thank you very much Maria Emilia :)

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  39. How interesting. I too found old sketchbooks, but find the quality so much better than what we can purchase today. Thanks for the lesson, watercolor is something I am getting back into and loving it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. How lucky to find sketchbooks with good quality paper, shows you doesn't it, not everything changes for the better :)

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  40. Hi Ann, what a beautiful loose sketch. I really admire the simplicity and the end result of your demonstration. Ciao!

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  41. Hello Anns! this is a lovely sketch! the dog is so nice.. :) hugs!

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    1. Thank you very much Mari Jose :)

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  42. I enjoyed seeing the progress of your artwork. Beautiful result! I love the expression on his face too!

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  43. can't believe you nailed it with just a couple of strokes! Very very nice! I've got to practice this! Can't get over the simplicity!

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