Online Sketching Class

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Large sketchbook fun

121103 New sketchbook spread 2 detail

Loving the large moleskine (A4 watercolour book)... The opportunities for working larger and for combining images. I am very excited and going to love exploring the new possibilities.
I am actually loving carrying a ‘real’ sketchbook around – there is nowhere to hide when sketching on location with this one!!

Page from Saturday afternoon –really not happy with the left side of the spread(over worked..my excuse is that I was at a birthday party and interrupted a few times!) but enjoyed painting the tree trunks and getting the explanation of why they were monsters by a very imaginative little man.

121105 Berry Island and Angophora
After work walk and sketch at berry Island (another place that has been on my list for a while) very quick sketch of the Shell Refinery on the next point (greenwich point?)- I think this is the largest sketch I have ever done on location... Enjoyed it very much!
Every year I long to record the shedding of the bark of Angophora trees... My favourite tree and favourite time of the year. I am a little scared to attempt them since they are so brilliant in the afternoon sun...a little rushed today but this year I will do a few of them.

My inspiration....
Large sketchbook inspiration

My favourite sketchbook pages are often the ones in which I have combined more than one view (such as my cup of tea and the view I have at the time) I like sketching objects but mostly get bored with them in isolation - combining with other images solves this.

I have been thinking of going larger for a while (sick of having to paint over the spine of my book to get a good size sketch) and loved the a4 cahier I was using with my markers.

Alissa Duke recently showed me a great book Singapore by Lorette E Roberts and she combines many smaller sketches on the page(a little too dense for me - not enough white space) and fabrice moireau's books(top) show how the format is flexible for large or smaller sketches in a more formal way.

Of course I am going to be using my sketchbook in my own way - lots of text and mixing format up

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