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Travel Sketching... Excursions at Home

teacher avatar Jessica Wesolek, Artist/Teacher

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9 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Bookstore Project Intro

      1:22
    • 2. Drawing A Bookshelf

      7:10
    • 3. Painting A Bookshelf

      10:22
    • 4. Open Book Pt1

      4:25
    • 5. Open Book Pt2

      10:51
    • 6. Specialty of the House

      12:57
    • 7. One Potato

      11:54
    • 8. Two Potato

      7:02
    • 9. Supplies

      6:52
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Some excursions we all make when traveling can be duplicated at home in an interesting way, and provide almost as much fun!

We continue our Travel Sketchbook at Home series with a trip to a wonderful Bookstore that has lots of books on the subjects we like best, and we visit a very "local" restaurant and have the "Specialty of the House".

This class is filled with lots of sketching and painting tips as always, and you will complete a couple of wonderfully entertaining spreads in your sketchbook.

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Jessica Wesolek

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My name is Jessica Wesolek and I am an artist, teacher, sketchbooker, and gallery owner living in the fabulous art town of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My classes are about the art of sketchbooking, watercolor and drawing - in real life and digitally. They are for all levels because beginners will be able to do the projects with ease, and accomplished artists will learn new ideas and some very advanced tips and techniques with water media.

I teach complex ideas in a simple way that makes sense, and have never yet failed to teach a student to draw and be pleased with their results. I even guarantee that in my in-person classes.

My career in the arts has been long, varied, and eventful. My educational credentials are from the University of Michigan, UC Berk... See full profile

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1. Bookstore Project Intro: One of my favorite things to do on a trip is to find a local bookstore and browse for regional books. If I'm interested in the area or just for books I haven't seen on my favorite subjects love bookstores and books. I even loved chain bookstores for the great variety. Unfortunately, there's only one bookstore we can visit during our stay at home vacation. But fortunately that one just happens to have lots of books on our favorite subjects. Take a look around your home at bookshelves. If you have anything like this, I bet you will have a lot of fun shopping. Here we will explore. We'll find books we have totally forgotten about, which will be new to us again, and we will choose and favorites to buy, which translates to draw in our travel sketchbook. Our bookstore spread will be great fun and easy drawing and colorful and a wonderful practice session with parallel lines. You can never have too much practice with parallel lines, so let's get started with the layout plan 2. Drawing A Bookshelf: So our next step in our trip their virtual trip to a bookstore on our trip that we're taking at home is to create a spread about that experience. And the simplest way to go about it is to create a bookshelf. And I use a ruler and I don't even apologise for ever. We're going to make the bookshelves. You can make one, or if you're gonna be ambitious as all get out, you could make to. But I'm going to start with one and just do it with two parallel lines. It's just gonna be a plane shelf that I'm gonna be looking at it straight on. So I'm putting him. I'm pretty about 3/8 hurt in else. We go through our shelves of books at home, which are our pretend bookshop, and we're finding books that we love because of course we do, because we bought him already. But we're pretending hair. So we're gonna choose the favorite ones we love that we find and we're going to buy them by buying them. I mean, we are going to put them on our bookshelf. Putting books on a bookshelf is super simple, because all you are talking about our rectangles and some are going to be fat and some are not. And some will be a straight up and down and so will be slanted like of doing right now. But they all are going to start with two parallel lines that you're gonna drawn a sketch away 1st 1 and then the other as you watch that one. And you're gonna kind of fix your stuff as you go wrong here. Most book titles, air going to read from left to right. And so the title of your book, you're gonna front on the spine of your book. So the height of your book, you're going to make according to what is the title of your book? So I am. I don't have a book in mind right now because I'm just telling you about this, but I'm going to say that most of my titles that I'll come up with we probably fit in a book. This one. Now it is a rectangle, so the top and bottom have to be closed off, and those are another set of parallel lines. I'm going to stand the next book up right here, and I suppose did. This one wasn't as fat, it was taller. And I'm gonna make my two parallel alliance with the top of them. And I've got another one of my books. And then there save woman. That's kind of you. See what you got to go Pick them out first, right? It's kind of fat, and it's shorter. See parallel lines, parallel lines, parallel lines couldn't be more easy to drown a mentor what you did, and you don't always have to have a lot of difference in the heights of the book. Some of them are similar to each other, and some are not. Now. It's just like me. I just can't help myself. I get very carried away. So I kept going right across your without looking at any references. So I totally made this up, and that means there will be a lot of our artistic license when I go to do titles and colors. It might be a good idea if you feel like you get all confused this way. If you went and took a phone shot of a piece of section of your bookshelf, Um, and if they were, all of your favorite books weren't in that one place, and you could, like, move the favorite books that you chose to buy, um, to a little shelf temporarily by themselves and take a picture than you have of something to work from to reference as far as your heights and your wits and your titles and your, uh, colors in a minute and the whole nine yards Now I kept getting more carried away, and I came down here and I made a table. And the table is a rectangle and another rectangle and the bottom of Ah, capital you there or you can flatten out a little bit and you could say it's a rectangle but just sliced off the edges. And then I staffed up some more books by making more rectangles just like up here, and this book right here is closed. And so we're seeing the spine, and it is just like up here. But you can have a different angle on a book with just a couple little changes to the wrecked, angry made and and one is to round out the one end and sometimes is a little double line there because it's like you're looking at where the binding is all happening in there. And then you due to low skinny director, a parallel lines, rectangles at the top and bottom and the other end instead of being straight up and down. It comes in because that not all books look like that. But our brains think they dio. So when you see that look, you are seeing a book from one end or the other. So this one is facing that way, and this one is facing that way. This one is facing away from me, this one. I'm looking at the end, which is facing this way. This one on top is standing. This is the spine right here and is standing on top, and it is going. The perspective is I'm cheating a little bit here, but you'll find that if you slant that front cover line down just a little bit, as if it's going away from us, it's going to make this work better visually. And then I came over here. I have some giant like coffee table books that I love, and so I decided I would make some giant books down here, and then I don't know what happened, but when I hung bookmark from here. It occurred to me that if this was really a true seen in my life that my kitty Gracie would be doing this. She likes things like toilet paper and ribbons and anything that might hang down wiggle around while she closing over, living a lot of it. So, anyway, this is my pencil. I am going to go and in college, this in and then I'm gonna show you a new painting. Um, method. That is just the perfect thing for something for a subject like this. 3. Painting A Bookshelf: So I'm all inked in. No, not necessarily the neatest job I ever did. But there you go. And this is one of situations where before we paint, we think, What do we need to do here? What's gonna work best to do it? So what we need to do here, unless we're really wanted to make trouble for ourselves, is pretty much stick to nice pastel like wash colors on all the book covers. The reason being is that if you put dark color, you're then going to turn around and have to use a white, uh, 10. You know, something like, um, what are these? Everybody loves him signal, and they are really great. But the problem is, unless you're really great at lettering, then you're going to want to use pencil to put your lettering and make sure it fits. And all of that, if you put a dark color over that, you won't see the pencil guidelines. So not wanting to get, you know, over and oh, the other thing, you could really Teoh you could do on the lettering like it's on the book and try to paint around it. But if you're the kind of person that wants to do that. You're in the wrong class because I want it easy, or at least kind of easy. Okay, so we need a method of putting wash color on these. There's a lot of these and we want him to be a lot of colors. And so the idea of getting our wash talent out in making eleventy seven different colors of washes that's also too hard. See where this thinking gets you, right? So this method we touched on last time we talked about vignette ing not last time, but the time for that. Who knows who knows what day it is? We've been home for so long anyway, we did then yet ing and we one of the methods that were used for us. We have used one of these plastic pallets. We pal. It'd some water color marker and watercolor pencil, so we could then pick it up with the water brush and kind of instant wash is for an area that's a small is you're gonna be cool. It's, uh it's not gonna watermark and do all that kind of stuff. So, at any rate, we can use this time. Uh, watercolor pencils. If you want to have some of those, I have some color brush pins. Um, there also perfect for this, and they don't have to be expensive. Um, because this we're just barely Isn't pigment here is or not? We're not interested in pigment load watercolor markers. And by that, really, I mean more soluble markers. And that is the personality of most markers. Unless they're alcohol markers. Sharpies are pigment liner pens like pit and so on Markers, when you get a bunch of markers, are water soluble, and so any will work. These are coy in there, I think hideously expensive. But they're really brilliant. Have a lot of color. I like him, but we don't need really brilliant. We don't need really dark for this particular thing. So cheap markers, kids, markers. Any of this is gonna work, and I procedure without will get on the back door before we start on our books. This is where we tested in our other classes were retested the vignette ing. So it's gonna be very similar to this. And I'm just going to pretend that we have a book here. We'll make a book that I want to have pretend because there's a book and I am gonna use my water brush and I'm gonna square. I'm doing this, squeezing it over a paper, tell making sure the the bristles air actually wet. And then I'm gonna choose a color of something. Let's see. I'll use this coy marker and I'm going to just make a swatch on this pallet. Now, we talked about this last time. This is a pallet made by car and Josh, and it's made for palate ing their water soluble pencils. But it's willing to Polat anything for you in that term palette ing means that you are taking something and putting it on a pallet so that you can pick it up from the palate. So I have this right here. I have a wet brush. I am just going to do this, and I'm gonna have enough color for one of my book spines. And this is the one we're playing with for, So I'm just going to be able Teoh just covered in and light color. No, If you want a little shading will and coolness, I've got pencil over here is I'm just going to take a little bit of dark green off that, and I'm just gonna wet on wet into this that pretty go across here so you can do all kinds of color blending and with with dark and light of the same color. And I just picked that up in the middle, just like I always do. I'm going to pre letter on my titles with pencil. And as you can see this pencil, I drew this with very visible. So we know we're going to be able to see our pencil lettering after the color is on and after the colors really dry, we will have that as a guide to ink over either and with our black pen. Or, um, where you can even use these markers if you gotta find tip one because you won't be wedding it again. And but I usually use a permanent ink pen if I use a color, you know, color permanent. Um, zig writers is my favorite. I'll show you when they have a kind of fat bullet took. And I have this little tiny guy, and that's just like drawing with the, um with a pit pin. And so he's so by the each and a sullen sets, and they're just really nice, very permanent. They drive very quickly. You can watercolor over them, but they're also good if we wanted to put colored lettering honor book spines after the pain is all dry. Well, I've made some progress with my book shopping, but I don't dare wait till it's all done to go on because I am dear biggest slow art person . Did you ever met? And I keep adding things. I have a poor little dust bunnies in here, and I got my cat and another broader how not to train a cat. So when you get into it with the really fun thing about sketch booking is that you just go off on a Sometimes I call it a head trip, a travel journal for a head trip, because you just have ideas commanding. You just think it would be fun and you add things you never get done with your page. But, um, it's still fun. What's going on before I go over here and show you want what I want to show you how to dio ? I wanted to point out that if you don't have one of these it's OK, I find. No, I was going to say that I find that this porcelain works, but you can see there's my little yellow dot Right? There were a way this porcelain little tray that I think came from cost. Plus, it was her world, whatever they call it now, world market, um, worked really well. Those are, you know, I tested the two most difficult markers to get to stick on anything that really work. And then you have these cheesy one lionize plastic palace, and they stain terribly. But who cares, right? They seem to work pretty well, too. And you can also take, like, a piece of some of the plastic blister pack and sanded a little bit with something and that then get the dust off. But, um, that will also work. And so you don't It doesn't like I can't do that cause I don't have this thing. Yes, you can. You can try everything you've got old plates, whatever. Until you get something that you can scribble out with the market and it stays there. And like I say, this was one of my cheapest markers. You get 100 for, like, $20 or something. They're made in Italy, and I love them. Um, this is Crayola brand fiber colors. Another brand pro arts. Another brand. Anyway, so that's just this blue marker. And look, it doesn't even ball up very much kind of stay, sir, so that you can pick it up. So anyway, experiment. But I'm sure that you have something around. It's going to work. Oh, and I never put that cap on correctly, cause you see how they fool you with that hole in the end of it. 4. Open Book Pt1: be careful not to get any blobs of this nice marker wash color anywhere because some of them, even though their water soluble they really are Die beast. And so sometimes the diets strong and you can't get it off. So this is an example of well, having I'm gonna have to skip over it. But I'm probably found a book that was really, really wonderful during this exercise. Or you remembered a book that was really wonderful and just stands out from everything else . I was reminded that many years ago in San Francisco I met the paint, the great Disney illustrator and painter. Even Earl Andi. I bought a wonderful piece, which is probably very valuable. I never look into it because you couldn't get it away from me. I did buy his book at the time, and he signed it, and it was the book of all of his graphics were graphic works. And of course, it's a precious book. So it was Interfax. So it ended up in a not on the bookshelf, but in a closet, um, with, you know, collectible items. My husband's got one of Joe name is football helmets in there anyway, I digress. So, um, looking at my other books, I saw another book of his illustration that I happened to have and it reminded me. So I went and I dug this out of the closet is this huge book And I found out that it's really valuable house about $250 unsigned and so good for great book now. And I love the art. I love to sit and look at the art. So anyone A There might be a book that really stands out for units really special, and you might want to show it open. So we're gonna talk about how do we drawn open book and I'm going to talk about parentheses again. I talk about them a lot. I talk about parallel lines a lot. The tops of of paper tell us a lot of the reason is that those air shapes that just show up all the time when you are looking at once shapes make up a thing or you just run into them all the time. And if you recognize them as something that you can do and that you understand, like parentheses, good grief, we do that all the time large, small, you know. And instead of saying drawn, Are you? No, no. I say draw parentheses and any cool stuff happens like there's one. And if you didn't have the other one over here and there was nothing in between and you put another one, what have you got? You got a leaf. And so you got the basis for flowers and plants and those plants and every kind of thing that you could sit around and draw until the cows come home because you know how to do a parentheses and put it together like that. So if you get sick of hearing me say toilet paper rolls and parentheses and parallel lines and things like that, just remember, I'm trying to help you and don't get bored. Just go. I can draw that because I don't know. OK, so what we have up here is the thing. Like, here's another thing you guys do. The Segal's right, the flying birds that you see in everything that's just to parentheses, and we just I believe government every bend him up, and that's what we did here. So the top of an open book usually shows the pages rounded. And so we start with a pair of parentheses that meet in the middle and have about the same Kerr. But it doesn't have to be. You know, it's not, not really, um, necessary to have it perfect. What is more necessary is to check proportion, and by that I mean that you want the two pages to be about the same because otherwise would never close right, So this is about two and 1/4 inches, and I just want to make sure that it's about two and 1/4 inches to the other end of this one. 5. Open Book Pt2: So as with most drawing procedures, you start with something and it's your guide that you base everything else on. That's a really good thing. So we have the top of our two pages. We're gonna bring we on an angle here, so we're gonna bring our straight line down for his biggest stuff book is, and that's up to you. But we're going to bring it down Just a straight as we can is a spine of the book. And then we're in more parallel lines. Okay, so we want, you know, the page is a rectangle. So therefore, we know the top in the bottom or parallels of top of bent bottoms gotta be bent to, And you try to be that you make that just about the same kind of bound you over here and you do that and we're kind of showing we're gonna run into the spine here. But that's okay. We're just gonna do a partial. Okay, We know that the edge of the page is parallel to the spine. Those were also we bring that straight line down and this straight line down parallel to the spine. Both of them are parallel to the spine. This right here, there would be more pages. So you put a little I don't know what to call that a little round thing. Little Prentice's down here and then you can kind of be loose about putting a few more pages here. Nobody's saying you gotta get him all but there would be just like, over here. I put little wines in at the end of the book. Just show pages. You're just indicating them. They're not even really total lines. They're just there to say there are more than one. Well, there is more than one page in this book, okay? So probably there are a few pages, and we have to show him happening here, too. So we make, like, this little line that's the edge of the stack and another parallel line that comes down here. Yeah, this is kind of like this kind of a corner on these pages, and this is pay judges to, So you're gonna just put some lines there, The indicate that. And then this book is bound, and we're going to see more of the bottom of that than we are the top, Because why? We're looking at it from the bottom. And so the binding of the book is another little parentheses there that see outside. But this doesn't curve because it's a hardcover book, we decided. So it comes out like this, and it comes a little bit beyond your pages. And then you're gonna bring the edge of the book, which is another parallel line right up here and do it sketchy so you can correct for it. And it's gonna go. You know, it's going to go past the end of the page there. Little bits are just like that. And now what we have is we have the open book, the pages, the hardcovers showing underneath. So this will be color your book cover as it goes in under here, and we're gonna bring it over here. That's the other side of the hard cover. And we're really not going to see much, If anything, on this side, um, you can put a little line there that little bit would show, but not like this side, because we're looking at it past the pages, and we wouldn't really have as big of a pile of pages there either. So this side is we're looking off at it, so we're not having as much definition as we are here. But there you go. And at this point now you could include some of, you know, some pictures, some writing, some, whatever that would be on a page or a spread of your open book. But you do have to remember that if there is a photo on the page that it is also rectangle , and it didn't get stuck on the page in a non rectangular shape unless it was cut like hard or something. But let's not go there yet. So what it means is that it also bent with the page, and so it also has to have its edges parallel to the page. And so you've got this. This part's easy, but then the top would curve just like the top of the page curves and likewise, the bottom parallel to the top. You see our forms air joining up because when we're doing this, we've actually got kind of little apprentice ease again, don't mean and just do it sketchy and feel it out like look at this space right here. And how would be the same as it was along so that it looks like the picture is a part of the page and not sticking up from the page. That's important stuff. Now suppose that you have some writing also where you wanted to put a quote or you wanted to just indicate right and you can indicate writing but with these kind of like, you know, squiggly lines that can't read. And that's what is acceptable. And so let's do that. But what we gotta know is we're gonna have to put guidelines in for the writing because straight lines of the writing in the book are on the straight page. So if the Page Benz, then the lines of writing Ben So if you are going Teoh put these guidelines in, Um And if you're going to hand write something, then you follow along the guideline. You don't have a straight line at the bottom of your letters, okay? And if you're going to just port like indicated writing, then you follow those tune. You do that with ink and then you'd be able to erase that guideline, which you'd have left is illegible text. And if it's not far apart like that, go ahead and add another one that's in the middle. Let's be more like, you know, typesetting writing, and then you do it rid of your guidelines, and it's gonna Those curved lines of writing are gonna look like type or like handwriting that smaller So you can put the inside pages of one of your favorite books. And if you got several photos on the page, doesn't matter. It's the same thing. Just think of the fact that in real life, this page is a rectangle that if there's a photo on it, so so a rectangle on so lined up and maybe there's a tall photo over here. But still, it's a rectangle, and it's all lined up. So if we take this page and re bend it, all of the horizontal lines are gonna be vending. If we tilt it, all of the horizontal lines are going to be tilted like these aren't straight verticals anymore because we have forgotten angle. So this is sort of like perspective with a grain assault here. But really, when you are working in sketchbooks, you only need a grand assault. You didn't. You don't have to get over all kinds of rulers and look for vanishing points, which happen to be several miles over there. You have to just get the look that your brain thinks is right. And it'll tell you if you don't call that the inner critic. I don't I call it the inner guide because sura shooting. If you do this wrong, something in your brain is gonna say, That's not right. That didn't look right. And so you have to go back and fix it and that that person, that person telling you it's not right, it's just helping you because it's part of you. It's part of you that knows what the thing should look like. And if you weaken, believe in that. We do really well in trying because we go OK, that should be fatter. And that should be flattered. That should be more around. Okay, cool. Thanks for telling me now in finishing your piece. I did this just to tell you about it, but there wouldn't be anything wrong with withdrawing another page that came from the book and just have it all be by itself. And then it would be a piece of cake because it is all straight lines. Uh, you could even it could even scan or take a picture of a page. Because in our last class, we learned how to size photos and print him and get him right in here. You could even even put a riel page from your favorite book in here as a photo sized to fifth. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you gotta go watch the last class because there's a lot of fun to be had in that process. But anyway, this is it. We left home. We went to Ah, wonderful bookstore. The book story had all kinds of books on our favorite subject. Wow, what a find! And I'm lying about that you did find things that you didn't even know were there and enjoyed them. And you know, this time that we're staying home is a gift of time. So if you find a book and you go Oh, I'd love to go through that again. Do it. Take a break from your sketching and just sit down in a nice, comfortable chair and just read that book and enjoy it. 6. Specialty of the House: often when we are traveling around a trip vacation. Whatever we looked to eat at a local restaurant for the adventure of it, I hope we dio We really shouldn't be going to change when we're traveling. But, well, that's a sure That's a judgment. Never mind. If you wanna go to ah McDonald's in every town in America, that's a different kind of a thing. You could do Ah, whole sketchbook on that. But most people would like to look around and ask people on everything for a recommendation of a local restaurant. And they go to the local restaurant and they look for the special of the house. And that would be chef specials or something that that restaurant is just, like, really well known and well loved for. So in this adventure, we are going to go to a very local restaurant, like right there in the house, and we are going to do a pager, a spread about the specialty of the house. You might cook it. Your your family members might cook it. It might be a recipe passed down through generations. It might be elaborate. It might be so simple. If you're like me I am just not a cook. It's not my what I do with my creativity. So my recipes air kind of fun because a shortcut all over the place and I'll show you that in a minute. But I'm starting here to give you the idea of how you can do this. On a sketchbook page, I'm starting with a published book by the Incredible Brother and Sister website. They draw and cook, and it's a website put. They are both illustrators, and it's a website They've been running for years, where they allow illustrators to upload recipes, and it's a really a good source for art directors. And so it gets worked for the illustrators. But it's so fun and free and everything. So you just go to the drone cook dot com and you will get to see a 1,000,000 recipes. And this happens to be a book that is published, um, of some of the recipes on the site, and they're just It's a wonderful resource because they're very simple drawings on a lot of the recipes of, you know, things like flour and oil and butter and jars of stuff, and sometimes it's really out there somewhere in the spin style. Lots of different graphic styles. But anyway, a really good resource, and you just scroll through until you find maybe the how to draw some of your ingredients. First, you have to figure out your specialty of the house anyway. That is that. This is another published book by that website, which I really love. Good looking home cooking. It's by Suzanne Dinis or denies. I don't know how you say that, but I love her illustration of recipes. Just The drawings are so simple there beautifully painted. You can study them to see what the shape is to draw something like a pod or a clove of garlic. And she has everything really pretty simple. And I like that I like simple because it doesn't make us run away. So those air those two, um, and I wanted to tell you about another couple of resource is this is probably my favorite illustrated cookbook ever. It's called. It's illustrated by Katie Eberts, who's an illustrator living in Michigan. Andi, she illustrated this book for Lauren Stein wrote the recipes, and I love the graphic simplicity and the on the light color, just like we can do with our markets on the pellet. Um, the wet and wet, you know, put a little dark into the lighter, but the way that these are their hand lettered and cam drawn in the graphics is the graphic design is just leaves me breathless. Honestly, I love it. This is not a font. This is cave printing. And she has such a wonderful way of arranging all of the elements of the recipe. And I swear, if you go to Amazon and get this book, you will spend hours reading it, cooking the things, just loving it, and also seeing the variety of variety of ways in which you can draw things that go into recipes. So again, fresh made simple, a naturally delicious way to eat by Lawrence Stein. Okay. And then another wonderful resource is by the old started Julia Rothman It she has several books, and I love him Mom, and she takes a subject, and she just researches it to pieces and then just illustrates. And how she has. She has four or five years, and how she has gotten is done in three lifetimes. I don't know, and she's still young lady, but anyway, Foot anatomy. This one is called and there is everything in here. She talks about fermentation. She takes these subjects. You know, your Berries. Um, little known terms for common tree fruit and everything is illustrating its illustrated in such a greens is such a wonderful way. Just a person learning and drunken to draw can look at thes illustrations and just see right away. Like if we run this grains page And you were looking for parentheses like we talked about it. The bookstore. I mean, this is it. You could draw every single thing on this page, like by putting a pair of parentheses together. Fat thin, you know, every which direction everything on this page, except for just a few straight lines. And they're not even parallel. So this is such a great resource. And she has done a farm one and one about New York City. And with the food, one is just great looking. All this sandwich is it just tells you just how to drop awful and how to draw a bun. And, uh, anyway, this is food anatomy by Julia Rothman. I highly recommend it. Okay. And then I'll show you a couple of mine my simplistic versions of these things. Here we go on another one of my pages in my travel journals. It is not finished. There are many, but it's okay with me. I just don't have a problem with whether they are not because I go through them all the time and then some. When I don't feel like doing anything, a page will speak to me and Elvis. A jump right in and I could be painting here and I could be doing the lettering here and it gets me going and it you don't start C engines. But anyway, my cooking is not that I hate to cook. I don't hate to cook. I just don't love to cook. And so I try to cut corners because my cut. My husband swears that he can't cook, although I go on trips and I come home and he's alive. So I know he's not telling me the truth, but I don't like it. I don't want to run it as a job, and so if I have to do it, I just see how simple I can do it. And this page is about when I went to California, which I do a lot to visit. My family. Um, I was staying with my sister and she and her daughter are vegan, and and so I just decided, and several family members are vegan and so and more so all the time getting going in that direction. So I decided that I would make dinner and I would make it vegan dinner. And so I love Trader Joe's. I just love Trader Joe's. Why? Because you go and you get this and this and you put them together and they make up. Wow, you know, that doesn't happen every day. And so this time I went and I got they have a rice cauliflower kind of peel off and so frozen I got that. They have this mixed vegetable frozen vegetable thing called harvest hodgepodge, which is lots of cool vegetables and aren't usually in a mix. And I have them all listed here in my in my recipe and then, ah, vegetable dio So which is Ah ah, pot sticker. That's all vegetable. And so it all went in a pot with a little olive oil and water, and I cooked it for a little while. and it was dinner and I really liked it. So this was my drawing of that recipe, and it's not very complicated. It's only part of a page. And I listed I did draw the ingredients. I didn't cheat and just list them here. Um, I did drum, but I drum died room tiny in simple. And these guys were fun to draw. And this is the kind of thing you go look up videos on Google or in one of those books, I should you go. How did the folds go up on that? And then, you know, getting we had a little darker color went on, went here to make it look like the side that's kind of fried, their steam fried. So they have a little coloration different Anyway, that is that one I'm looking for where I o I know it here, and you've seen this page already? Another classic, but it happens to have one of my specialties of the house. I'm like, famous for making a big potato that you just could fall over from how good it is. And that's been 1000% reaction. And it's so simple, and it's wonderful And so I'm gonna do this for one of mine for one of my specialties of the house. Sometimes in my effort to be simple, um, it gets complicated when you go to sketch the recipe. But I have fun with this one. I we don't live near family, and we get very few days a year off. And so Thanksgiving Day is one that I'm grateful not to be working and for the peace and quiet. And I don't want to cook a big dinner. Um, but I do have a husband and he likes food. And so I try to do something that so he thinks it's Thanksgiving. So anyway, just got really complicated, because although I go out and I buy frozen vegetables and I buy, I don't like processed food. But I buy some mixes from Trader Joe's because they're not that process there, just as cleaners come be. And so I got into drawing the dinner That isn't any work, and the drawing was a bunch of work. But that's something I don't know. I do myself all the time, but in this case it was just like ingredients, and so they're all just kind of sitting here and the parts that they going and what goes and where. And here is my butter and here's a salary and the onion and some. Brad, this was hard. These both were hard. When you do packages and you actually draw the lettering and stuff, that's not that easy. But you don't have to do that. I mean, I could have had this be a little pile of brown stuff instead of being in the box. So this is probably the most complicated food page that I've ever done, and I just thought I'd show it to you to prove that I can to it, although they don't want Teoh. And so we're going to go and we are going to make a recipe of whatever your specialty of the house might be. And it might be a easiest cinnamon toast, and it might be amazingly complicated dish. This is up to you. But even with an amazingly complicated dish, if you draw the ingredients in a simple way, it still works out well. 7. One Potato: rather than putting you to sleep watching Meteo do all of this planning and changing and everything, I decided to get most of it underway and then talked about the parts that are gonna help you to draw something into plan Recipe. This is a very simple one and still took a lot of the page. So that's one thing to think about is you do pre plan. How many ingredients do you have to put and how you're gonna put him? Where you gonna put him? And and you do that in a really light pencil so you can change your mind a lot. I did all my lettering with council guidelines like we dio I moved a lot of things and made some things bigger. And the other thing I thought would be kind of fun with the varying the color of the lettering, not just having it be black. And I mentioned the zig writer to you. So that's what I used. And I thought in terms of what will my colors be? Well, this could be a big brown element here. There's going to be a gray on the fork and on the top of the salt shaker, The top of the olive oil bottle? Uh, not really colorful piece. I put a plate in under the potatoes so that I could really introduce some color there. But I figured that since the olive oil bottle is gonna have some olives and leaves down here, that green would be a safe bet. And since the potatoes brown brown is a state bat, so I use those two in my lettering. So now, about drawing things well, drawing a baked potato is like drawing a big blob. It was not difficulty. The last picture that I showed you from the other book with my baked potato. I didn't bother to show it as it's gonna be eaten. So this time I thought, I will put 1/2 in front of that one. So I they drew a big blob. And then I did that a wrist e thing for the Oval, and I did the top of 1/2 of the potato, and then I made a capital D kind of thing only with a curved line. Look at it this way. It's Capital D and for the for the potato skin that holds the other half of it. The plate is another big swinger, al low, um, oval, and then this little edge. It's not really parallel because it's another line. It says, if you would make it parallel. But it isn't like going right straight across. It's going around and back, and as it goes back, it's gonna get smaller. So here it's pretty much parallel. But as you come here, you're gonna narrow it until it reads CS edge of the of the oval. So fork drawing it is interesting. This starts with a capital you. We've brought that one up a number of times, and then the inclination for many people would be to be, you know, and then that ends up pretty uneven. And so there's four times in the fork that I was talking about. And so I knew that if I made a middle dot in the U that I could divide two teeth on one side of two teeth on the other, and that was what I did. I started from here and I made this one and then brought it up to meet the outside of the U and I did the same thing going this way and then a handle is again is like you down here. And then you continue in Tabor into get narrowing to go to the fork. There's still a capital. You see that too? The knees are too. They're just really Then over on our olive oil spray bottle, something that would seem like it would be complicated, but it's not. You know why? Because look at the top here. That is a little roll of toilet paper, and this whole can is a rule of paper. Tell us if you think of it like for the other edge of this is okay without the dome, what have we got? We've got another roll of paper towels, so but in this case, there's kind of a rounded ball sitting in it, and we only see that part of the ball, But really, it's, you know, you can think of it as a ball like this and you race the rest of it. And so you got two little round shoulders there. Now I made another tiny little tiny box here with a don in it to be my nozzle. Um, the spray is broken lines. Kind of like we did the pages on the book, and they should all converge at that point because that's where they're coming out off. And so the potato gets washed and dried and sprayed with olive oil and Sprinkle with salt before it gets baked. And so that's what this whole recipe is about. So of here we have a salt shaker to keep ourselves from being confused. We're gonna turn it. So it's this way. Now you notice that I didn't bother to finish it off and it will be glass. And so I will be thinking it. And then I'll be doing that little shading with with the either watercolor pencil kind of shading. Or, um, we're just a little wash aiding to leave it mostly white. And then I haven't figured it out. Yeah, but there will be some lying showing where the soul level is. I haven't figured out we're importing that. Probably something like that. Be the top of it. I have to go shake it at an angle, see, See the relationship because I can't do that. My I don't have a left brain, so I can't just figure that out by thinking about it. I have to go get the salt shaker and do it and their little bits. I'm gonna put holes in the top of this and the little bits of salt going all over. And then on my potato, there's just some curves that make it look like, you know, lumpy. Yes, although these air not lumpy, their creamy, they're so good you're gonna really love having this recipe. And I think it'll put this on instagram or something. So people can quit calling me in getting reminders of the details because that's what my family does all the time. No, there is something in here that we haven't drawn before, and it's a pat of butter, and it's the basis for almost anything you draw in a, um, a three dimensional square rectangle thing. And so I'm going to teach you how easy it is to draw that pat of butter. Do it over here. And then we will be talking about pats of butter from now on, along with their parentheses in our toilet paper, roll in our paper towel, roll on that stuff. So ready you won't believe how easy this is. So you start with a slanted line. Now, this is just gonna be up to you and it's gonna be depending on whether you're drying a pat of butter that's going that way that you're looking at it or that way. Well, actually, it's doing both if you really want to think that that way. But anyone, let's just start with this one, and it just a slight slant, and that's an arbitrary slant. And the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna just drop a true vertical line by true vertical. I mean, it's a line that's parallel to the spine. So is standing straight up, and we're just gonna drop that line a lot further than we need to for a pat of butter. And then we're gonna drop one from this corner, and we're gonna have this one longer. It just doesn't matter how long, but it matters that it's longer than that one. So far, so good. So then we do another arbitrary thing, and we put a line back from that corner, and that is really whatever you want it to be. And you'll see why. But make it longer than the pad of butter would be. If it's a square and then your challenges you're gonna take one from this corner, make it parallel to that one and make it longer. So we're gonna go like this and maker cells. And yes, perspective says the lines get closer as they go away. But believe me, it's got to go away further than that before It's real noticeable thing. Okay, now we are all set to make this. I mean, we could make this a stick of butter at this point because we have the enough lions for it , but we didn't want that. We wanted a pat of butter, and so we're going to choose a thickness factor, okay? And first, I'm gonna actually put the back on now because I know that I want this butter pat to be basically a square. So I'm gonna go back just about as far as this is long. And I am going to make a parallel line to the from line. And sometimes it's more tricky when you're making a parallel line on an angle like this. And your eyes are trying to fool you. But if you have to do it, grab your little ruler and just measure from their their measure from there. There And if you got the same distance and you did well, okay. And so now we're going to go and with shoes are thickness of a pat of butter and come across here with that thickness smell. It's about right. So we're going to continue this back and parallel this line because that's how thick it's going to be there, too. And then our final stuff, we're gonna drop a vertical line from that back corner pot there, that spot that point and then all we dio is we get rid of our extra lines and look at what we got. We got a beautiful pat of butter or pizza box or a Scrabble tile, or I could go on. But, um, I'm not gonna do that. I'll let you go on. But you judged arbitrarily. You judged how far went this way, how I think it was this way. And if you made different judgments and higher levels like, watch me turn this into a box for the cover. Not that it goes on our potato remind you, but I'm dropping the vertical and I'm bringing it in because covers bigger. So I'm gonna do that here, too. You make that one longer because I don't know how long I want my box, and I'm gonna do it back here, and then I'm gonna add apparel line here. Is this not cool? You can know draw houses and buildings in anything else because really, there are made out of blocks like this. See Pat of butter turned right into the box with cover. You can do a lot with that, too. 8. Two Potato: Well, I want but around my potato, But I don't want a box on my potato. So I went ahead and got rid of the box lines, and I wanted to point out that I thought that it would be prettier with a little decoration on my olive oil spray, so I hope you can see it. I put a little all of French done here with two olives and some leaves course made out of small princesses, and that's gonna make my my spray can pretty now your ingredients. You might be doing measurements in tablespoons and teaspoons, so I'm going to just show you that you can make a teaspoon or tablespoon depending on size with the capital D. We did this in our draw the day received the day, made some bowls and some stuff, and you can make you know you could just take a debt on view and put all your ingredients as little heaps on the top of bowls, too. But this happens to be a measuring spoon, and so just make that handle get a little fatter as it goes out here. And then whatever it is that you're measuring can be a heap or ah, you know, a heap of like salt or whatever. It could be little peppercorns or, you know any number of things. I don't know what's in your recipe, but you can do it like that. You can just make little piles of your ingredients and do You don't even have to be in a measurement. You could say little handful blueberries, for example, going there and make a little pile of blueberries you can use measuring cop and you can go straight on with, and it can be a you know, it can be just a regular one. Like my favorite measuring cup is just made a mental is just crummy and cheap, and it's lasted me about 20 years, but it is metal, so I can't see what's in it. So you might want to make yours glass. You know, that would be the halfway point. That would be the quarter. That would be the 3/4 cup. And so whatever you're ingredient is if you're using 1/4 cop, you draw little measuring cup with a line across there. And obviously, if it's 1/2 cup, the line will go here. If it's 3/4 Cup or 2/3 or whatever. It's an easy thing to do, and then you just label what they are. They would usually be a liquid, but not necessarily. So you can put things in bowls. You can put things in tablespoons. You can put things in teaspoons. You can just draw the whole thing like one tomatoes. So you drive a tomato are one zucchini. And, um, one more thing I'm going to show you is a lot of times you use slices and I'm gonna show you how to make around slice like a butter pat And guess what? We start with our oval from the top of our cans and earn rules and are all that. And then we just from the ends of the over, we just dropped tiny little vertical lines and then we just sketchy, sketchy, sketchy. But we make a parallel line to that curved one, and look, you've got foetus. LASIK care got a slice of ill of you've got slice of hot dog example what color you painted a cucumber, zucchini, and so you can put one behind the other if you needed a bunch of them and it kind of looks . Schools an illustration. You check out some of those recipe sites and books that I told you about. You could make a whole pile of them. You can even put one is sitting on top of the other two. And then, of course, you wouldn't see the other two through here. But you'd have a pile of three of these things, whatever they are. And of course, they could be a button you can just put holes in and it's a button, but you don't want a button in your recipe. Probably you never know, but probably don't want either boxes or buttons in your recipe. So there we have it, and what I would have shown you is very simplistic. And if you need something in your recipe in your special of the house, um, specialty of the house, I guess you would say, and you don't know how to dry Google it because and go to images, and there will be so many pictures of that thing sliced, non sliced, mashed and crashed and everything. You will find something simple enough. There are even emojis of food, which are so entirely simple, and, uh, and so the world is your oyster, so to speak. I wouldn't know how to draw on oyster, so it's a good thing I don't like them and I don't have any recipes with them. But this is really fun, and I think that it's something that you can carry off into forever. Uh, do a whole book of your favorite recipes as an entire sketchbook and a gift for your family . You can reproduce it and get less complicated and more complicated. And every time you eat something, every time you cook something, just think about it for a minute and go. Would this be a cool recipe page? Because it might be, it might keep you busy forever insuring this recipe with you. I actually shared my recipe with you. So do try this baked potato. Don't change anything. Trust me, like if use rock, salt or sea solved big course ones instead of table, so the skin turns out differently. If you put God forbid, don't put it in an aluminum foil. Just put the foil on the shelf underneath to protect your oven. I would love to see your specialties of your house. Your recipes in Project Section in and the really great thing. We always love to share each other's work. But were you sharing each other's recipes? Teoh. So don't put your grandmother's secret in there should get really upset with you until next time. I hope that this keeps you busy and creative and happy for another week of being at home. 9. Supplies: Let's talk about our supplies for this travel journal. And if you're taking my other to sketch booking classes, you have most everything we're going to talk about. Um, with a couple of additions, we start with the journal. My favorite is a Stillman and burn Beta. On the other classes, I had one of the black hardcover. Same book, same paper, same size, about 5.5 by 8.5. You can use any sketchbook that will take watercolor. So the paper has to be £140. Um, and otherwise, you're gonna get a lot of disappointment. And some of the things that we dio the second most important thing is a pencil for drawing . I use ah harder lead than a normal pencil. Isa three h. It's a harder lead. It makes a later line entity races more cleanly, and those are the reasons for using. And I can just draw like a crazy person and not care, because I know I can get rid of all of my exploratory, um, marks that I make with that I have any racer on the end of it, just for convenience. And I have another soft waiting racer for larger areas. I do a lot of erasing. It's part of my creative process. We have a pit pin here by Faber Castell. It's a pigment ink. It's a permanent ink. We use it to clean up our cancel lines and then we can erase them and weaken watercolor over the marks made by this pin. Because it is, what a proof. I have a water brush, one of my favorite tools for lots of reasons which we find out in our lessons. This is a brush made by current Taki. The brand is Niujie, and it's my favorite brand. It does The water brush works by wicking moisture from here through the bristles. And this one does a fabulous job of keeping that as a as a nice even thing. No droplets coming out leaking and all of that. So my favorite brand of water brush the water is in the handle, So if you're out sketching, you don't have to have a water juror with you. I have a couple of appointed round watercolor brushes here. These air synthetic there, every high end synthetic by a Skoda. They're called versa. Teal uh, a Skoda is one of the top red sable brush makers in the world, and they made this synthetic to be a close as possible during a shortage of Red sable a few years ago. And I love animals and I don't want to paint with their hair. So these are my favorite brush. I have ah size to in a size, for there are a lot of good synthetic brushes, however, so take your pick. Pointed round holds a lot of pain in the fat part, and we'll draw a tiny line with the point. So good, versatile brush. And that's why they're called versatile. Okay, oversaw teal, I guess. What is extra here This time there are a few things I have a prisma color color the race. Erase a ble colored pencil in black. I have it because makes a great alternative. If you're intimidated by Inc. Once you put an incline down over your pencil drawing, it's down there. It's staying there and that it can be really intimidating. And so if it is, then this makes a great substitute because it makes not as strong of a black line. But it makes a nice, strong black line, and it can be somewhat erased and corrected. It won't. He raced away toe white, but it's a whole lot less permanent, more forgiving than this guy. I have to, and you can have as many as you want, but I have to. Watercolor pencils, Water soluble pencils is a better way to put it, because what? It's a water media, but it doesn't behave just like water color. And that's why make that differentiation. My favorite brand is by Koran dosh. It's a Swiss company. Um, it's called Super color too soft and they're expensive. They're about $2 something apiece, but their fabulous you can use them dryer you can. You'll see wet them for some real magic. And they're good for a couple of techniques that we do that nothing else will really do him that well. I have a clean color by Isaac. This is a colored brush tip pin, soft tip, and this is ah, a better brand of these are a lot of brands, and they'll all work a little bit or a lot. And this is for a special technique that will have in this workshop is well, we have a pan of water colors. This the variety is infinite. This happens to be Windsor Newton Cotman, which is a student brand, which I think is the best student brand cause. Windsor Newton knows what they're doing when it comes to pain, and so if this is what you have, you're in good shape. If you have better more, you're in better shape and a palette of some kind for mixing washes. This happens to be a glass palate. It's a very rare thing because I make them. If you want to see more of them, you can look on my website. Um, I made them for me because I wanted a palette that I could set over my work and see the color. I'm next in place and I happen to work with killing glass. And so I just made it up one day, and I made myself someone that my friend some and they wanted him, and the rest is history. But this any any palate will do that. You can mix a washing, and most paint sets actually come with at least a few palette wells for mixing. You can use a plate, but it's not as good because of water. If it beats up, it gets out of control. They make a lot of talents in plastic to so anything in which you can mix the wash is going to dio and that's it.