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Series of 100 Sketches and Paintings

teacher avatar Chris Carter, artist, illustrator and explorer

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6 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Series of 100 sketches Paintings Intro

    • 2. Broken Trumpet Parts

    • 3. Family Treasures

    • 4. Glass Inkwells

    • 5. Sketchbook Storytime Review of Series Examples

    • 6. Now It's Your Turn

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I've created Series of 100 Sketches and Paintings with the intent of inspiring you to create your own series of 100 sketches and paintings. Setting a goal to create 100 works of art inspired by one object, subject or theme is a fun way to hone your skills, develop your personal style and explore new techniques, tools and color schemes.  

In the first video of examples I share the series of Broken Trumpet Parts created between April 11, 2011 and June 17, 2012.  The series was inspired by a box of broken trumpet parts purchased at a yard sale for $10. Over a period of fourteen months I explored various techniques: squiggle drawing; rendering using parallel lines; drawing with ink using a fountain pen, dip pen and/or brush; watercolor; oil paint; markers.  I used canvas, loose paper and sketchbooks.


In the next video I share many of the sketches and paintings from the series Family Treasures.  These were inspired by the objects my siblings and I found while clearing out the family home, built in 1952 by my mother and father.


The last video of examples shows some of the sketches and paintings from the series of Glass Inkwells. Several months after purchasing the box of broken trumpet parts I bought a box of blue-tinted glass inkwells of various shapes that I found at a local flea market.


The three videos will illustrate many different drawing and painting techniques. Explore the different marks you can make with your tools.  Explore the world of color and value.  Your skills will become well honed while having fun!  I'm not saying this is an easy project to take on ... I'm saying it's a worthwhile project to make a commitment to.  Just because something is difficult doesn't mean that it isn't enjoyable. Becoming a master at your craft is enjoyable.

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Chris Carter

artist, illustrator and explorer


Welcome to Skillshare. I'm Chris Carter.

I love exploring the world with pen and brush whether it be by land, sea or air! Here on Skillshare, in tiny bites, I present tips and techniques I've learned over a lifetime of sketching, drawing and painting. My classes are designed with two purposes in mind: to present tips and techniques that help you learn new skills and master current skills; and as quick reference for those of you who have attended one of my live workshops.

I create large, abstract watercolors and oil paintings in my studio.  When traveling, which I do for more than half the year, I work realistically, mostly in sketchbooks.  I sketch from reality daily to keep my eye, hand and brain coordination well-honed.See full profile

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1. Series of 100 sketches Paintings Intro: welcome to another class on skill share. I'm Chris Carter. This is the first sketch book that I started to fill when I began working on my Siri's. I found 66 sketch books on my shelf, none of which were complete, and actually, most of them had more blank pages in them than pages that were sketched on. I decided to fill all the sketchbooks, and by the end of that time, my drawing skills would be so much better. My color skills would be better. Everything big, better. I didn't know what to draw. I looked around. I was tired of drawing coffee cops and I just wanted something to challenge my composition to challenge a drawing skills. The opportunity came when I found a box of Broken Trump of parts that garage. So I bought the box Trump Parts for $10 I think went home and I started to build my sketchbooks. This is the 1st 1 This is a sketchbook that I started back in 1977. I think when I traveled across the country, it was a rock climber back then, and I brought this with me to sketch the rocks Yosemite Tetons uh, the needles all over is great. Um, but I'd stop there. So this is where I started. My trumpet. Siri's I started. This was number seven. So not sure where the 1st 6 are, but I have a lot in here. And then this is the very first of my family treasure Siri's. That was inspired by the fact that we had to clean out our family home. My parents had built the house, my mother passed away and my dad had dementia. So we had to move him out of the house. And that meant that we had to clear out 60 years worth of stuff. Among them were all these toys that we've grown up with. And of course, nobody really wanted them for these thes were shoe trees, which we had a fair, and we had a green pear on course. My sisters and I, my brothers remember them. But my sisters and I certainly do. We used to, like, shake them at each other and clap them and make noises. I mean, they're thes the stories that go along with this stuff, but who wants the shoe trees? We don't really want to countries anyway. I filled up this book and this book, and I started going through the boxes and drawing, and then I could throw out the item. I moved on to other sketchbooks. This this is the drawing that really got me hooked on the family treasures. These were my dad's leather boots from World War Two. They were still in the attic. I drew this with marker and fountain pen. I had become re acquainted with my addiction to fountain pens, so I just kept filling the sketchbooks and experimenting with different things. About that time, I attended a workshop to make Coptic bound sketchbooks something I had always wanted to do . Trouble was that I was trying to teach myself a single needle technique, which I just could not fathom. So a friend of mine topping the double needle technique, and I just started making sketchbooks like crazy, and that was before it finished filling the 66. So that was problem. Anyway, I discovered this Reeves B. F K paper. If holds the color of water colors so beautifully, it's not great for everything in watercolor for these different techniques in the sketchbook. It's fantastic when you see the videos, samples of all of these drawings from the three Siri's. I haven't I haven't altered the color for those images. They really are this color. No, in another sketchbook. I drawn this 10 and the 10 has this pattern on it. But, you know, I just I need to do something different. So I swapped patterns. I put the yellow of the banana on the tin, and I put the pattern of the 10 on the banana. And I really like that sort that I'm going to apply that to my trumpet parts. And this is my little trumpet part that I would bring with me when I traveled so that I could I could continue my trumpet heart, Siri's Even when I was away, I put it on somebody's stove and I draw the stupid Trump part. So I flipped the patterns on that, too. This is my very last. This is the 100 drawing in my trumpet, Siri's and this is squiggle line drawing. So I tried that Teoh. I just did such a variety of different things. More of the family treasures. I did a lot with design, using the box of my dad's old tools Ah, this is just more trumpet parts, trumpet parts. I got into food. That's a whole other Siri's. But I wasn't really numbering those I got completely hooked on them because, um, because they were fun, I didn't have to put a lot of time into thinking, What am I gonna draw? That's all important. I just would say, OK, I'm going to do a series on drawing the ingredients that I cook with or I'm going to do a series on paper clips and see how many ways you can draw a paperclip. And I suggest 100 because everyone can think of 20 ways to draw paperclip. It's hard to do 30. It's even harder to do 50. And when you get into the 60 70 80 9100 you know when it's one object like the glass inkwells, you just start trying all kinds of different things, and that's that's where it becomes really exciting. You push your limits and you discover things about yourself, is an artist that you never would have imagined? You start putting different materials and techniques and immediate together just because you want to get through with Siri's. No, I've never grown tired of the family treasure. Siri's but the glass ing wells as much as I love glass, thank Wells. I was kind of tired. So, um, in this class, all you need is sketchbook, and whatever tools you use pencil, pen markers, everything doesn't matter. Just bring it all together. Pull the old sketchbooks off of your shelf and let's fill the bomb. And in this class, decide on the Siri's or the different Siri's you want to work on and to post a project at the end. I would like you to have at least three of your Siri's because two is just a couple. One is just a single thing, but three starts to be a Siri's, so you can start to post your project as soon as you have a minimum of three sketches or paintings in your Siri's. I hope you enjoy watching the video of thief family treasures of the broken trumpet parts and of the glass inkwells. I'm afraid that I don't have the images for all of the drawings and all of Siri's, because I didn't have some hard drive crashes, lost files and, um, assorted things like that, and it's too hard to go back through in my sketchbooks to find make it. But there's plenty for you to see. So enjoy. And I will check back with you at the end of the class. Thanks for joining me. I'm Chris Carter. 2. Broken Trumpet Parts: This is the box of broken trumpet parts that I found at a garage sale. This is a drawing I did first in ink. I followed with watercolor. This is a squiggle drawing to create a squiggle drawing. I used a very fine nib fountain pen. I move around and around and around and around in circle and build up values. It reminds me of working in a dark room when you see the values the darks come to life. This is another sketch where I drew it first in a fountain pen, using a contour line drawing of sorts. And then I painted it in with watercolor. No, for these two, I used a combination of fountain pen, and I used ink using a brush. I used a dip pen in purple ink. I followed by putting in the values using marker hair was just in contour line. When exploring color, I decided that I really wanted to understand the natural value of different colors, so I would take a photograph off the sketch and turn it into black and white, and I really learned a lot. The image on the left is an oil painting. I wanted to try something different with my trumpet parts, and I was in the middle of working on a large oil painting, so I took a break and I made this sketch. The one on the right is a combination of ink, watercolor and quash. This trumpet is painted with an ink brush pin. Here I used the ink brush pen and added water color. The one on the left is a combination of Watercolor Inc and splattered Wash. The image on the right is another technique that I love to use when I'm working with a fountain pen and I want to put in values, I'll often use parallel lines to create the values. Here. You can see that I've started to add other elements to the trumpet parts. After a while, you get a little bit tired of drawing the same parts. You can always add plants to your sketches. You can see I'm a bit more playful here, looser with the ink drawing and dabbing on the watercolor. Another element entered into a lot of my Siris was the little brass animals that I found at a flea market. In this case, it's the little lizard. This is one where I experienced a great deal of frustration. I did two versions didn't like either one, so I ripped them both up and made a collage out of them. So that's what you see on the right. It's the collage of the previous two sketches. Both of these aren't Inc and Marker. In this case, I'm using a water soluble ink. I often will use either the nude Lear's black or the platinum carbon ink, and those will not bleed. I also enjoy using ink that leads because it gives this very evocative, expressive mark in February. There aren't very many plants blooming outside in New Jersey, so I turned to my Ox Alice plants that are my favorite plant, and I used them a lot in my drawings. Here we have two very different approaches in both ink and watercolor, but you can see that the one on the left is very loosely applied. The watercolor that is, and some experimental colors for the shadows. The one on the right is not handled. This loosely with the watercolor, noticed that I play with shadows and the color of the shadows. At this point, I'm really enjoying exploring color schemes limiting myself to certain colors, which means that I'm not working with reality at all. I'm being playful with my color on what fund shapes you confined when you play with shadows . This is another pretty messy one, the one on the left. You can see different variations of values. I have changed the value of the chair in the back. I thought it was just far too chaotic. I still think it's far too chaotic, but it was kind of fun to do. You know, I learned a lot from the one on the right is the same colors. Just handled it differently. Noticed that the position of the trumpet parts is the same. There you see my little breast lizard again, my favorite trumpet part and a bit of plants eucalyptus. Here's my favorite little guy. I took him everywhere with me when I traveled so that I could do sketches as I went. Another example of a very tight approach on the left and a loose approach on the right. The color just gets porn more exciting as I went through this series and during this pretty much on a daily basis, I learned so much about color, and I just expanded it more and more and more. And it really helped when I was getting a little bit bored with my subject. You know, you can you get pretty bored it about 30 and then you have to start experimenting more and more. So you play with color, and the next day you look forward to it again. You can seem a little trumpet part again. I didn't get around to painting this, and and it was in a very thin paper notebook, daffodil trumpets and my little brass lizard. Here he had a little closer to spring from bringing my rosemary in. I love drawing plants, and it made a little bit easier to get through the Siri's. This is a real play with Selves. I really encourage you to try this technique of drawing in rectangles first rectangles, squares, overlapping each other and then placing your subject inside of hm. Zoom in on it. Zoom out on. It's very fun. Look it. I was striking. The shadow is on the one on the right. The shadow is as much a shape as the object itself, and the patterns on the left are made even livelier with the intensity of the color. The looseness in the background on the left was really fun. The one on the right is delightfully loose. Now, this one. I used a dip N I. I scribbled it out in kind of a Burgundy Inc and plumped some water color on it, and I really like it. I was in a much better mood after I finished it. Here we have the line drawing before I added the color and then the car, a very loose dip pen and watercolor. Here's my little lizard again. Very simple and basic. And there's my little guy, my trumpet guy. At this point, I was playing with geometry and patterns and buildings. I decided to present my trumpet part as an architectural rendering of sorts. I began playing with see through images and on the right or fantastic salt pepper shakers where I had a lot of time. I just worked very slowly, creating those lines. Another landscape in Maryland with my little trumpet guy, and there's a salt and pepper shaker in color. It's laminated wood, all different colors, food laminated together and then carved into this pepper grinder. I here you can see the graduation in a pulled puddle wash, where I'm changing the color within the shape in the trumpet part in front the yellow, it goes from yellow toe oranges and in the back it goes from yellows into blue greens and blues. And then the Inc, which is a green ink, is bleeding through all of it, and I really do like it. You can see the bleeds from blue in tow, lavender in this. Also, I let the blue ink bleed into it's kind of a turquoise ink, and it really made nice color with the lavender paint. I was adding another careful drawing, and then I added a beautiful green shadow to it, and I love it that trumpet parts are a little camouflaged in this getting to be spring peas were coming up. I loved playing with shapes on the negative space, leaving the P shapes white. I'm using my Siri's to explore the rest of the world to fund colors with roseberry and trumpet parts. I was commissioned to do drawings of dice, and they were still out on the table when I did my sketch that day. Some fun colors and patterns. It's the cat, and there's my very last drawing. When it was all done, I donated the box of trumpet parts to a local prop shop. 3. Family Treasures: of all the Siri's, I've done my family treasures. Siri's is my favorite, and it's an ongoing Siri's. I realized, after I was only a little way through it that to create sketches that can replace stuff is very valuable. I wanted to create these sketches not just of the stuff from my own childhood, but also from stuff for my Children's childhood. They're things from my own Children's childhood that I would love to keep, because I like to see them remember those times that we had the funny adventures that we had together as a result, my house getting to be just overrun with stuff, stuff that should be thrown out to create these drawings that bring back the memories. Just a swell. This stuff is love better, my dear, the idea of compressing a household of stuff into 123 maybe four volumes. Sketchbooks, I think, is marvelous. In addition, you can make copies of those drawings and paintings and print them out or make other books . It's an ideal way to share memories with your family and your loved ones. We found a box that had tiny little animals in it that had been my mother's her collection when she was a child. My dad's tools were always an inspiration to me, and they were the kitchen, the kitchen thermometer every winter when we made corn balls used that moment, just memory after memory. After memory, look around your house and find the things that bring back the best stories and maybe start with those in the next video. All share examples off the sketches and paintings I did in the glass inkwell Siri's. 4. Glass Inkwells: A month after buying the box broken trumpet parts, I acquired a box of whole blue tinted glass ink wells at a local flea market. Each bottle was unique in one way or another. In the series of glass inkwell. I was looser with my line. I was looser with the depend the fountain pen. And I was also a bit looser and a little more free with the way that I used watercolor. I snuck in a few more abstract versions of my inkwell. In fact, one, I used just the shadow. My focus in this series was more on playing with color schemes and also composition design. I played with the shapes of the lights and the shapes of the darks. I continued my study of color schemes. I also explored the ink brush panel a little bit more, trying it on different surfaces paper. One of the focuses of my other work was on clarifying values, making good use of lights and darks. I ended up doing quite a few monochromatic studies of my ink wells. One little oil paints get slipped in. I hope that the examples I've shared with you and the trumpet series, the family treasures and the glass ink wells, will inspire you to look around your house and find your own special objects to turn into a series. 5. Sketchbook Storytime Review of Series Examples: Sometimes I get bored with the same way of looking things and never get bored with life or what I'm doing in life. But I do get bored with the way I'm seeing. I decided that I would reverse things. The banana of course was yellow and this ten at this pattern on it. So I just flip flop them. And then I put a design. It was a shadow that I put within the shadow. And I like doing that so much that I did it again over here. I played with those elements. And here you can see my little trumpet guy. And this time I put the design from the tin onto the trumpet and you can see that I made this a little bit brassiere. You're like the trumpet. Fountain pens is something else I'm a total freak about. So you have part of my fountain pen and some trumpet parts. These are the keys. Here is one of my squiggle drawings. And a trumpet part and a sphere done in squiggle. This is basically one line. It, it could be three lines, maybe four, but I just squiggle, squiggle, squiggle. I was never patient enough with crosshatching. This is my variation of cross hatching or stippling, where you just slowly build up the values to create the form. And I absolutely love squiggle drawing. You'll be seeing more as I go through other sketchbooks. Okay. This was this was a tea party. I went to a tea party at Renee's. I met her when I did a, a garden walk and get a plan Air Group painting during a garden walk. And I met Renee, who is fabulous and she invites me to tea parties at her ass all the time now. So this was from that and here we have a race. This was done for my son Michael, who's racing these big sailboats. And that was, I believe from a photo that he took. I don't often work from photos, but sometimes I have. And holly hawks, these were also at Renee's, she's beautiful, beautiful garden. This was holly Hawke, also from RNAs. And since you've got a sneak peek at it, I'll show you the next one. Herbs, we have majority basal oregano, licorice planned. Some are savory and lemon verbena. These are all from my garden. And I draw them first in ink and then I lay the water color down on them. Here we have one of my favorite sketches in my sketchbooks. It's renewed cherries, Northern cherries and seedless black grapes. I just, I just love what the colors do, the shape, the design, and the playing of transitions within each shape worked well here, mushrooms, we have tons of these little mushrooms, toadstools that grow in my yard every year. And this is just a selection of them. I draw the cell first and then, well, no, I don't. I draw the cell for sometimes. And then here I really like stepping out of the cell. But you can see I don't want the line across. So sometimes I'll draw something and then I'll plan for it to be extended so I'll leave it open-ended. See here this is overlapping it too. And that wouldn't have been possible if I had drawn the whole cell first. We have doll shoes, more family treasures for some reason we don't have the Dole's, but we found all these little doll shoes and once it didn't have matches in the adequately cleaned out the house. And we also found a series of colored sunglasses. And I believe these were from my son when we went through retraining his brain. When he was younger, during that period of time, he would wear different colored glasses in order to perform different tasks. So this is also a very special sketch for me. An old roll of film. I don't know what's on it, but that was from a camera when I was a kid. And no, there's mystery inside. And a very tiny glass baby bottle. We used to use these when we would find baby rabbits who'd lost their mother. And Every year we would find a few and we would try to feed them using these little bottles and never really worked very well. But we tried anyway, cherries, fruit, oh my goodness, you know, plant's fruit, vegetables. They, they really do. They give you every shape you ever, ever would want and such a variety of color. And then you can just invent and play with the colors. Just, you know, I, I, I go crazy going to a grocery store because I just want to stand there all dan and draw all the patterns of shapes that are piled up. The piles of tomatoes and the piles of zucchini and clusters of grapes. Anyway, I have just come home a trip. This is my backpack, carry on. I've always traveled pretty light and this is my gargoyles right up there. Here we have goggles and a wooden circle stamp. Some of the family treasures, these look like they were welding goggles of some kind. And we have a licorice plant. I love drawing plants. This was one of the plants that I've gotten at a local garden center and planet outside and the hanging baskets. And here we have colored glass. I found in the attic of my parent's home a box that was filled with little glass discs of all different colors. That's what this is again here, this cells. You can see, in this case, I did draw the cells in first and then drew the glass discs inside of them. We have the beginning of my glass inkwell series. The glassy ink wells are another find from the local flea market. There are 12 of these really wonderful thick blue, of blue, very pale blue glass ink wells. So I started another series of a 100 sketches, the ink wells and I played the color scheme game quite a bit with these here we have the analogous with one complement, the dominant being the orange, yellow. And I would draw it in first with fountain pen and ink and then lay the washes down. This is Reeves PFK printmaking paper. Here, few more ink wells with some extra tiny bottles that I've collected over the time. So we have a lily drinking cup holder on this side. You can see on this one that I also allowed for the bottles to be outside of the cell. Same with this. I plan to head. Where in fact, what I may have done is I may have drawn the ink wells first and then drew the cell around them. I did do that on occasion. This looks like I used a dip pen instead of a fountain pen. I love gardening. We have my trumpets again and the little trumpet guy and plants, my p's are starting to grow the little piece. And then I, I think I faked that one to add the piece him because I don't think that they were growing it. But this is again, my cells. I loved playing with the cells because it forced me to really create design elements and I began to understand design a lot more. And here we have another family treasures. Now the family treasures were really wonderful when we cleared out the family home after my mom passed and then after my dad passed, there was so much stuff and my siblings didn't want it. I didn't want it, but they were real treasures from our childhood. So what I did is I started to draw them in my sketchbooks. And that way I can make prints of them. I could share them online with people and the stories are still here. I could probably spend about half an hour telling you stories about all the different elements in here. One I'll mention is this glass lady, which I did keep. I do have the glass lady and she opens up and she's she holds jewelry. I think a rich originally, she was to hold hair. Women would collect their hair and then braided and make amazing florals out of them sometimes for funerals, but sometimes just as decorations. This, this has a lot of history in it. Here we're back to the trumpet parts. We start today with two very odd pieces of family treasures. This is a spiral wire pig metal that sat on my mother's desk and she would put her bills and her letters in the slots over here we have a very creepy doll. This came from the SS New Amsterdam and the 30s and 40s. I know the Egan's had to I don't know how it ended up in our attic, but I found it. And I ask Kathleen if she's still had the two dolls and she said No, that would have been lost to long time ago. And they only had one. So now this scary-looking fellow sits on the staircase in South Portland, Maine, two steps down from, from its mate. Now this was exciting to me that my mother had some odd collections. We tried to get away from her elephant collection, so she started collecting moose, but we kept giving her elephants. And this one, I was intrigued by the fact that the moose might actually step out of the cell. And here we have more of the color scheme game going on. Now this is a family treasure. It was a gift to my mother when she was pregnant with my brother in 1959. And it's this keep it all kind of thing. And more of the glassy wells, more glass ink wells, more glass ink wells. Analogous with one complement I was playing the color scheme game series are fantastic for playing the color scheme game. And really learning about color value and color combinations. Okay, another glass inkwell. And these adults were given to me by Melvin Jamison way back when I was probably 11 years old. And he was kinda my boyfriend at the time. He had a wonderful model train set in the top floor of the Cape, Cape Cod house where he lived. More glass ink wells. And this started another new approach to the series and to just change things out a little bit, I hit the glass inkwell back there. And the last sketch in this sketchbook is the inkwell. Totally hidden. We see just the shadow. So I play around with these things. It's been, I'm learning something along the way. I learned about design. I learn about composition, color, and just playfulness. 6. Now It's Your Turn: Now you've seen examples from three of my Siri's the glass inkwells, the broken trumpet parts on the family treasures. I hope that these air giving you an idea of what you might do with your Siri's and you see the really are no rules. You can use any kind of techniques, any kind of materials, and you can change it out as long as you have one subject or one theme one set of objects and then adapt them to the world around. You have fun with this, and when you completed three, please post them in the project section of this class. You may continue to add images of your Siri's to the project page as you go along, and there's no time limit. It took me 14 months to complete the trump in Siris, so don't rush. Enjoy it and expand your horizons. I promise you that the end of 100 paintings and sketches you will have honed some of your skills. Thank you for watching and check out some of my other classes on skill share. I'm Chris Carter