Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some sketches from my sketchbook…

I spent the day sketching at the Tucson Botanical Gardens last week and tried to play around with my watercolor crayons and some simple contour drawing. The fruits in color are from my sketchbook a number of months ago.

Monday, January 12, 2009

World Wide SketchCrawl turnout

Saturday was the 21st SketchCrawl started in 2004. People from all over the world attend local gatherings to sketch and hang out, then post their sketches for the world to see on their website.

The Tucson division met downtown at Bruegger's Bagels and had a great demo/tutorial by local artist, Deanna Thibault. She taught us all her technique of doing contour drawing with a sharpie while looking at the object, but never looking at your paper. It produced a piece of lineart that you then color in with watercolor or whatever media you enjoy. Here is my attempt:

The rest of the afternoon, I spent sketching at the renovated El Presidio. They had a number of people dressed in period costumes from the 1800s. They also had traditional dishes being cooked and thankfully a warm fire going on a rather cool Tucson morning.

I finished off the day sketching downtown at Stone and 6th. I'd like to ultimately turn this one into a pastel painting, as all of the individual buildings have their own color and feel.