Tuesday, May 27, 2008

EDM #6 and #7

This is getting to be a habit. Two sketches from the EDM list in one evening. I think I'm liking this. The first, EDM #7, draw a bottle, jar or tin from the kitchen. Black pepper was the first thing I came to. Drawn with a Pitt pen and a little watercolor and then some highlighting with a Tombow brush pen. The second sketch, EDM #6, a favorite well loved object or childhood toy. I really had a lot of fun with my old Radio Flyer wagon. Was going to add some red watercolor but as I remember it there was more rust than paint. This one was done with the Pilot Precise roller ball pen and some highlighting with the Tombow brush pen. More later.

Monday, May 26, 2008

New sketchbooks

I ordered these new Handbook Journal sketchbooks from Dick Blick. I do like these books. The paper has a fantastic tooth and will take a light watercolor wash nicely.


The pens didn't come with them. Just some that I have and thought they would add interest to the picture. Although I did recently buy a new Pitt artist pen. Had no idea that they were so smooth to use. Almost like using a rollerball pen.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday again?

Didn't get to draw today. Too much to get done outdoors. What a beautiful day it was. Tomorrow is a rain day, or supposed to be, and it's Memorial Day. I will work for a bit in my shop to try to move a large project to completion and have it ready for paint on Tuesday morning. But I should have time to sketch for a bit. We went yesterday to the cemetery where my folks are buried to plant some flowers. Now I wish I had of taken the time to sketch the headstone with the flag flying beside it for my dad. He was a veteran of WW I. Any way, I've added five sketches here today. Some older and some fairly recent. Hope you enjoy them. This first one was done one evening while sitting watching television. It is just something that was in my imagination. It was done in a brand new Handbook Journal sketchbook. I really like the tooth of the paper in these books. The next one is also just an imagination out of control. Have no idea if this is something I once saw or what is going on. And does 907 have a significance? I really don't know. The next one is possibly the design drawing for my next sculpture piece. I guess time will tell if it really happens. Then after that is a sketch from works shown in Anvil's Ring magazine. That is one publication of Artists Blacksmiths Association of North America, ABANA. This was one of the vertical elements in a stairway railing. This has a lot of design appeal to me and will give me some inspiration for a sculpture piece someday. The final sketch was of a tape and clip and pencil laying on my drawing board. It was done with a Pitt Brush Pen. Fun to work with from time to time. More later.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A lazy sort of day

Had to deliver some finished work this morning. Then that was the extent of my "work" day. Spent some time on the campus of MSU at the gardens. At the area I was in there are two main line railroad tracks. CSX and Canadian National. CN's double tracks run thru the gardens. They are moving the tracks of both railroads to build bridges to take Farm Lane under the trains. Quite an operation. Thought maybe I might see a train or two coming thru the construction but never did. While I waited I sketched this gazebo. It is in bad shape and I didn't add the yellow caution tape that it was wrapped in. This will be a great place to watch trains and to sketch. There are a lot of structures in this garden. So all in all it was a somewhat lazy day. Looking forward to more just like it.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Everyday Matters #5 et al


Well, here's EDM #5, "Draw Your Bed". Still trying to get the hang of color. I hope that if I keep at it I'll improve. Seems though that I forgot a very important part of this sketch. The cat sleeping on the bed. She "mornings" here and in a chair in the afternoon.

These next two sketches were done yesterday also. I was asked to do a blacksmithing demonstration on the lawn of the Howell Michigan library for Howell History Days. After I had set up my shop I still had an hour or so before time to start and I was wishing I had brought a sketchbook. Then I realized I HAD a sketchbook with me. I usually carry a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 Moleskine gridded notebook so I took it out and sketched what I saw from my set up. The closest building in the first sketch is the Howell Opera House. It is now owned by the Livingston County Art League and is used as a gallery for the group and for special events. I grew up in the Howell area in the 50s and early 60's and had no idea that this was an "opera house". I had only known it as "Suttons Hardware". And it was a hardware store until maybe ten years ago. The second sketch, the old Howell fire truck, was also on the lawn not too far from me. Someone pointed out that maybe it was there for a reason other than display since I was using a coal forge in my demo. There's always a comedian in every group. Both of these sketches were done with a blue ink ball point pen. I'm really getting to like using a smaller sketchbook. Seems like I can fill a page easier and with a little better detail. We'll see as time goes along.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Just catching up a bit

Been really busy the last few days. I'm working on a commission peice that is within about eight hours of completion. But I'm going to post a few sketches at once here. The first one will be EDM challenge # 2. a desk lamp. This isn't my lamp or office. It's just what I pictured it to be.

The next sketch is of the top of our entertainment center. I added a little watercolor to it but I need a lot of work on the "color" part.



The last sketch is EDM # 4, darw your cup or mug. Not my best effort but at least I put ink on paper. The cup is from a swing dance convention that my wife Patty and I attend in March. We've done this event for ten years now. The event is put on by the "Steel City Boogie Club" and is at a hotel near the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania airport. Hence the name, "Boogie in the Burgh". More later. Want to try to getb thru another sketch or two this evening.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sunday kind of day

Actually it is Sunday and I'm trying to get ready for tomorrow. I think I have everything loaded that I need to deliver to clients and a new show. I'm showing some of my steel work in the window of The State News in East Lansing Michigan with mixed media artist Terry Junger. But I did have time today to draw the EDM challenge #3, a wallet. My wallet. Even had a dollar bill for a go by. Tried my hand at adding some watercolor. Didn't think it turned out too bad. But the idea here is to "DRAW".

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Saturday afternoon




Saturday afternoon and I haven't drawn anything yet today. The picture at the left was drawn a few days ago and is of the first flowers cut from my wife Patty's gardens. What kind are they? I know they're flowers and that is the extent of my knowledge. This was done in a 5" x 8" sketchbook. Over the years when I've bought new sketchbooks it was always 8x10 or 9x12 but I'm now finding that the smaller books are far easier to use. Probably because there is a lot less "blank paper" staring back at me. If I do any today I'll add it to this post. If not .............. I'll see you all the next time.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Here we go





With any luck at all I will create here a blog of my sketches and hopefully will add to it most every day. This sketch is of two CSX locomotives parked on a siding into the ADM grain facility at Webberville. They leave locomotives on this siding quite often and I have lots of opportunity for photographing them. This was done in pencil and is 8" x 10" in size.