Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mother and Daughter

I had the fortunate opportunity to sketch these two beautiful ladies, Stephanie and Alyscia. Stephanie is our favorite server at Mo's Pub in Langley where we often sketch. She was kind enough to sit for a number of sketchers at Studio 106.

This sketch was done in my Moleskine pocket accordion, a small sketchbook that expands. It's limited to 5" high but the width is left up to the imagination. The paper has a waxy surface that's resistant to watercolor giving drawings a look I've come to appreciate.

The first pose was quite long allowing me to experiment with different papers, watercolor and line-brushwork. I think this is Punjab paper. It's a nicely bound watercolor sketchbook I've had for many years. The paper is very rough with deckled edges and takes watercolor beautifully. I used a large squirrel hair mop, loading it with a couple colors then applied the paint broadside.

Stephanie taking a sleep-break during this warm afternoon.
Thank you for sitting!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Red Door and Book Cart

Feeling rusty's an understatement. Here's a funky sloppy sketch of the South Whidbey Commons in Langley. When all else fails throw paint at it. I do like the splatters.

And a sketch of the warm and hospitable Mary, a Whidbey Island Sketcher. Thanks for having us!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Prima Bistro then Mo's Portrait Party

A Prima evening with friends as Deja Blooze, a local jazz band, played some great toons. My first sketch is an attempt to capture the warmth and activity of the place. Next time we'll sit in front of the band.

The backside of one third of Deja Blooze at Prima Bistro

Later we migrated to Mo's for a little portrait party. First sitter was the charming and delightful Corey of Useless Bay Coffee fame. Turns out he's a sketcher too. A talented young man so we hope to recruit him into the Whidbey Island Sketchers.

Corey Sketching at Mo's

Then the amicable and proud James visiting from Tucson. James finds the Island's inhabitants friendly and approachable, much like himself. He was lucky and walked away with a sketch!

James Patiently Posing