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Friday, July 25, 2008

Time to get back to drawing people - a new very special book has been my prompt'

A quick sketch that is certainly not a likeness! But I won't improve without practice...

It is ironic that a new, exciting and totally amazing architectural book should be the inspiration for drawing people - but there are so many photos of Corb in it that I feel like doing a mini series. Also the book is SO HUGE that some of the pictures are life size!


Another sketch from my enormous Le Corbusier Le Grand book - the book is 19.6 x 14.3 x 3.9 inches and weighs 21.5 pounds (9.7kg)

BTW there are another 2 sketches that I did tonight that I will not post!!!

080725 Non Food Posts

A bit sick of all my food sketches....


For something different - that is not food - some scribble pages from the back of my journal... write silly notes to myself(probably doesn't make any sense...)
I just started looking at the wet canvas site - wow! lots there! - and thought I would copy a tree
Also notice the CLASSIC mistake of not being able to fit the top of the building on the page...but as I said I was tired!


Totally out of control here!Another rough sketchy page.... coloured half drawn and coloured while I was on the phone....

Outlines drawn in the dark in the car - colour added later that night

Monday, July 21, 2008

080721 Afternoon Tea in May

Through flickr, I have come across Gill, who manages a great webpage full of journal info and inspiration. I am honoured that she has just posted one of my sketches on her site. So as it is not on my blog I add it now... Plus links to the journalcraft site.

I did this sketch before I got really obsessed about drawing everything I eat. It was easier than other occasions as I wasn’t eating anything (only having was a cup of earl grey tea) so I didn’t have to eat and draw at the same time. Though it was challenging to draw while my friend rapidly consumed the ham and cheese sandwich!

Journal Craft homepage
http://blog.journalcraft.co.uk/

Link to my image on the Journal Craft site
http://blog.journalcraft.co.uk/index.php/2008/07/20/afternoon-tea-by-liz-steel/

Friday, July 18, 2008

080716 Finishing my Food Diary

Hard to believe that I have managed to sketch nearly everything I have eaten for the past month - it has been so much fun and it is so good to always have a subject to draw.
A few days break and then I will start volume 2!
BTW, I am sorry for all you bloggers that I haven't been keeping this blog up to date. I started with flickr and upload to it without thinking...but posting here is the extra step that I never seem to have time for.





Wednesday, July 9, 2008

080709 Amazing Italian Architects


A few of my favourite Italian architects and their famous work - from High Renaissance to Baroque...

Naturally, I had to chose the BEST architect (Borromini) and then find 3 companions for him! I am not sure what those highly respected architects would think of what I have done with my colours!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

080708 So Far this week....

More food diary pages....
cavidanny flickr.com/photos/cavidanny/
asked me about my technique so I will add it here as well

I have the advantage of being left handed with a brush and pen but use my fork in the right hand. So....
I normally draw quick outline, and then if I need to cut my food up I do this next (I eat a lot of stir fries with bite size food so this helps), then I start to eat from the back side of the plate so I can finish the outlines. Then, if there is no need for me to leading the conversation during the meal, I often start painting while I am still eating (using a waterbrush) - otherwise I do the colour from memory when I am finished my meal (but still sitting at the table)
I am developing my technique all the time.
And then more food - this time for a EDM challenge.
Two versions of an onion ... both were out of control though in different time frames- the first one took about an hour (waiting for washes to dry) and the second one 10minutes - and living with any consequences.

Friday, July 4, 2008

080703 Food Food Food

Another 3 days of my food diary... somedays it seems take a lot of time to draw and paint and other days it just seems to 'happen' while I am eating...or at least doesn't seem to take much extra time.



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