I didn’t get a chance to sketch yesterday so I started today with a cuppa sketch (drinking Top of the Town from Tea with Alice). After watching bits of an amazing new Craftsy class with Shari Blaukopf this week I decided to do this tea cup sketch with a big brush and a rigger for the details. I suspect that I will chat more about this class in upcoming weeks! I have been a huge huge fan of Shari’s work for years (she is a good friend too!) and although I have seen her in action before it is so good to have this class to watch her work up close. Her watercolour paintings are unbelievably beautiful.
I have known for a long time that she has a masterful control of wetness, so it was good to see this in the videos. I often find it hard to use big brushes because of excessive water, (although I do work wetter than Shari) so it was fun to use a big brush for a small teacup sketch. I didn’t quite achieve the control I am after but I am now one step closer!
And here is a mini carrot cake. I did the whole sketch with a rigger brush and was thinking about concepts for my new online SketchingNow course while I was doing it. My mind is exploding (in a good way)at the moment trying to work out a way to structure the concepts I have floating around at the moment. I am not giving away any more details yet, but it is going to be a concept based course and not specifically about watercolour techniques or a specific topic (such as sketching cake!) – if that is what some of you were thinking!
Below the cake is a fancy square protractor that I have been looking for for months and it is going straight into my teaching bag right now. I have been thinking it would be a perfect device to check angles… not that anyone would ever want to sketch by measuring angles, but on occasions it would be handy to use this protractor to see your angle errors.
Ok, time to get back to all the grind type work that I have to get through this week as well as thinking my art concept thoughts!