At the beginning of 2017 I became the volunteer Artist-in-Residence @ Arlington Court National Trust Devon - Watch out for my posts about it.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sketching to a Theme

Over at Paper, Paint, Pencils and Pens we are drawing to the Theme :  
FRUIT 
until the 15th November.  
Every two weeks the Theme changes
so there is always something new to look forward to.

Here are my contributions so far for this particular Theme.....




I found these berries on the free photo sharing reference site for creative artwork
Paint My Photo and as with any inspiration, they jumped out at me and said sketch me!

Paint My Photo - compliments of Nicola B.


Cherries the flavour of the day ....to which I am adding 2 paintings.  The first one is done in a tighter style, more detail....

Paint My Photo - compliments of Martine van ES

and the second one is Loose.......I went straight in with pen and then the watercolour.  As you see I haven't painted all the cherries...thought it would speak for itself only painting a few of them, gives the viewer the opportunity to work it out for themselves.

Personally I prefer this version...
Paint My Photo - compliments of Martine van ES





The title of this reference photo was 'Pineapple in Window'  again thanks to Paint My Photo, but in this painting I opted to not add the Window. 


Method:

1.  No pencil first
2.  Drew in the outline with my Lamy Al-star
3.  Added darker outlines and shading with my Sailor Calligraphy pen
4.  Used clear water to spread the ink
5.  Added green to the top: ultramarine blue+cad. yellow
6.  Added to the pineapple itself with: burnt sienna+cad. yellow
7.  When the shaded side on the left had dried a little I added more pen to define







Tangarine...

Reference photo from PAINT MY PHOTO thanks to Lillian Bell





Oranges.....I made the most of the ink outline, using clear water to spread the ink and make the shading




I'm also currently taking part in the online classes of Sketchbook Skool.    It's good to take part in something that will take us out of our comfort zones and test us, plus broaden the way we think and see things. The class by Veronica Lawlor showed her sketching a lot with pen (no erasers) hence her work is spontaneous.  Although the lessons are based on people, I have used my own artistic license to follow her technique, but with a bowl of apples.....





This really is classed as a Fruit.....a Tomatoe!

Paint My Photo - courtesy of Irini Adler



 I took photos of the stages of drawing this....


Step 1 - Pencil outline


 Step 2 - Adding colour

 waited for the paint to dry and then


Step 3 - Added more colour to the Red tomatoes, to make them show up as
the focal point

then when that had dried....

Step 4 - outline with Safari Al-Star pen,
adding a dot of White Gouche to the red tomatoes to 
make them shine


Do pop over to Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens
and join us with some sketching 
we would love to see you there.




10 comments:

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    1. Thanks Christine, I enjoyed doing these sketches :-)

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  2. I like the cherries! ♥♥♥

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  3. Beautiful sketches - and your favourite is mine too! xx

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  4. Oh Ann - all these sketches are wonderful. I think when we move out of our comfort zone we really do grow. Think I need to make that move too. I do visit the Paper, Paint, Pencil and Pens blog. Lots of great art there to inspire. Hope you have a lovely week.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I'm about to add another painting to Paper, Paint, Pencils and Pens.

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  5. These sketches are really wonderful, Ann! Love the strawberries too, that are on top of your blog.

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