sketchbook:Portraits

Depending on what am drawing, I’ll use one of the four sketchbooks that I use.  I have one sketchbook for just drawing portraits in pencil. Another one that am just practicing sketching or the sketching that just terrible to show. On my last post you saw my strathmore toned gray sketchbook and then I also have a sketchbook that is just for journaling and where I use watercolor.

I haven’t posted to much from my sketchbook where I just draw portraits.  It a canson stretchbook and I’ve been drawing it since March 2018. I don’t think am even half way through with it, but it always amazing to see your skills improve as you look through each page.

Using Prismacolor pencil

With art the learning never stops.  There are so many different tools to use when you are creating your own art.  One of those tools I’ve been experimenting lately is Prismacolor pencil.  I’ve seen several negative review posting on the lnternet and Youtube, but I won’t go into that.  Everyone has their right to their own opinion.   My opinion,  I don’t have one yet except am still learning how to use them.

For the past few weeks I’ve been using a Strathmore tone gray sketchbook along with my set of Prismacolor pencil and a few extra color pencil I brought individually.  Here are my results.  I would say not bad for someone just starting out.

Strathmore Toned Gray

Lately I’ve been experimenting with Strathmore toned gray sketchbook.  First time using this sketchbook and I’ve seen a some cool art work on instagram using this sketchbook.  This also gave me the chance to also use my prismacolor pencil which am still trying to learn how to use them.  How do people get that cool color effect?

Using your imagination

When I see artist draw from their head or able to create something, I wonder how they do that.  Since taking art class in high school I could never draw from memory or use my imagination to come up with something.  I have to use a photo reference or draw something that I could see.  Thinking about it, make more sense on why I consider myself a visual person. Even when something is explained to me verbally, it take me time just to make sure  I understand what was just explained.
Now am trying to train myself and my brain to draw from memory / imagination.  It been a slow process cause sometime I don’t know what to draw.  For the mean time I wanted to see how close can I draw a realistic face and so far it a disappointment.  Hopefully it just temporary and I will improve. You can see the difference  when drawing from my head to using a reference a photo.

Do you struggle drawing from memory?  For those those don’t, any advise.

2018 Journal

I’ve been keeping a journal for about 3 years now.  Why do I keep a journal? It feel relieving to just let whatever you have on your mind and just put it on paper and leave it there. Not only do I just write, but also doodle, draw and watercolor when I have nothing to write. What do I use for my journal? I don’t use a regular notebook that most of us used to keep notes in school.  For my journal in 2018, I used a general sketchbook that I found I my local hobby lobby store that was within my tight budget.  It a hard cover and at least able to handle light watercolor washes.

Its been 4 years.

Well I haven’t blog about my progress in drawing lately.  It been 4 years since I started drawing again. It funny looking at my first sketchbook and seeing all the portrait drawings I did and compare it to the ones I’ve done lately. You can actually see the progress and the more likeness to the actually person. Am still trying to improve in my shading and trying to draw different portrait angels. There are still area I haven’t experimented in such as drawing white hair or facial hair. Drawing people of darker skin color and faces of older people that have much more facial details.

All of my drawings are were done awhile sitting on the floor.  I don’t have desk in my room and don’t like being in area where people are passing by. Plus I do a lot of my drawing at night when everyone else in the house is asleep.

When I first started drawing 4 years ago.

Drawings I did just a month or so ago.

Daily Prompt: Observe

Observe

Observe, I do this a lot. No matter where am at, I just like watching what around me. It even more interesting when you are out in public and just observing people. The most common thing I’ll see are people glue to their cell phone.  Looking down at their screen and not even being aware of their surroundings. The most recent thing I’ve notice about people are what they wear in public.  I really believe that some females leave their home without looking in the mirror.  Am all for dressing comfortably in hot weather, but you should make sure your not showing to much.  Especially if you are going to the gym.

You can also record what you observe either by writing or like me and others through photography or drawing.  I recently started doing urban sketching. Taking a sketchbook with me and just pick a spot in the downtown area and draw what I see.  You can do this when visiting your favorite coffee shop.

Good-Bye 2017 : Review

Books I read in 2017. If I had to pick one book you should read, it would be Beartown.   Great way to start a conversation about a certain topic we have seen on the news.  Especially if you have kids/teenagers and not sure how to talk to them about this certain topic.  This might be a way to break the ice.

1. The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

2. Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns

3. What so proudly we hailed by Marc Leepson

4. Death on the Sappire by R.J.Koreto

5. Death among Rubies by R.J. Koreto

6. The German Girl by Lucas Correa

7. Alice & the Assassin by R.J. Koreto

8. Swimming Lesson by Claire Fuller

9. The Stairs are Fire by Anita Shreve

10. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

11.The Dirty Book Club by Lisa Harrison

Health, I started 2017 weighing 281 lbs and now am down to about 270 lbs.  Am always unsure whether to trust the weight scale.  It kind of like the media, should you trust them on what they are reporting.  My digital scales at home says I weight 276 lbs, but then the gym weight scales say some different.  It one of those old school weight scale. For now I go with what the old school weight scale says. My goal for 2017 was just to maintain my weight and not gain weight.  I figure why make it a goal to lose weight and then not lose weight and be disappointment.  It would just be better keep working out and just watch what I eat and hopefully I’ll will loose it.

My finding employment situation, well we can just skip that.  Why focus on the negative side?

Still keeping up my hobbies.  Drawing, watercoloring, journaling, film photography.  Only thing I wish I had a table in my room where I could do all my artistic stuff.  My room is to small so I have on so I have to sit down on the floor and do all my art stuff.