I recently got a new sketchbook as a gift and I knew I wanted to treat this one a little differently than the sketchbooks I've used in the past.
I have other sketchbooks I use for projects and random notes, but I'd like to keep this one more deliberate. It is a Magma Art & Illustration sketchbook and so far I love it.
:: Drawing a pattern based on an object ::
I decided The Chair by Galen Cranz would be a great reference for the pattern part of this project.
I always sketch my drawings out before they become permanent, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and just start painting. I used gouache to paint the chairs and colored pencil for the background.
Once I filled the page I took it into Photoshop and manipulated the colors a bit.
And made a neon version just for fun.
Step 1 was quick and fun. Thank you Leah, for getting me to step out of my comfort zone. I can't wait to get started on the next step.
:: Drawing from life ::
For this exercise I chose to draw a vase of flowers that I put together in floral arrangement class. I used gouache and did not sketch beforehand with a pencil.
I don't really love the outcome, but I'm glad I completed it. I think I'll try painting flowers a few more times to find a style I like more for myself.
:: Observational Composition ::
Cheesesteak shop in Philadelphia
Again, I'm not super happy with this one. But that's what practice is for, right? I can't wait to fill up this sketchbook!