Can You Find All the Media?

August 21, 2013

Above: Quick sketch on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper (an 11 x 14 inch journal, so this is about 11 inches wide at the bottom of a page—which doesn't fit on my scanner). Click on the image to view the enlargement.

130731_B_DogeyeLeft: Detail view of the eye area.



(Listed in order)

Pentel Aquash brush pen with light black ink.

Schmincke Gouache with a 1/2 inch flat.

Montana Marker with shock pink ink. (I discovered in April that I love pink.)

A little bit of touch up with more gouache.

Pentel Pocket brush pen (for final contrast at nose and eye because I didn't have my regular colors to mix blacks on my palette).

I really enjoy sketching on this paper. 

    • Karen
    • August 22, 2013

    Love this. Reminds me of an old friend. I too love working on Strathmore 500. gouache is just so creamy on it! Ink so smooth.

  1. Reply

    Does this look like Lucky? Is that who you mean? It’s actually a big, big male dog, part coon hound and something square-jawed.

    I’m glad you like it. I love this paper too. In fact, as I sit here writing about papers I am reminded how much I love this paper, and how it’s made me almost not miss some of the now defunct papers I loved so well in the past. That is a lot for any paper to do, especially a white sheet when I am so in love with toned sheets.

    Back to typing—see you at the Fair. I’m bringing that cold press Fluid watercolor paper.

    • Bonnie
    • May 11, 2021

    Greetings Roz,
    I love my dog, Bailey, however when I sketch him, his snout is too short, his eyes never look like they beong to him. One ear is a usually a little longer than the other. My proportions stink. Other than that, I see a slight resemblance.
    Do you get all your references from tv?

    1. Reply

      Bonnie sounds like you just need a little more practice sketching your dog if your proportions are off.

      I like to draw animals from life, so until Covid hit that’s pretty much what I did, and in answer to your question about references I got most of my “references” from live animals I met then. I even had a project where I drew my dog from life every day for almost 5 years.

      You can also find lots of animal sketches I did at the Minnesota State Fair by using the blog’s search engine to look for Minnesota State Fair Journals.

      Eye issues before covid and then covid, have kept me pretty much at home for the past 3 years.

      Not a lot of live subjects at home so I’ve had to draw from photos.

      I use reference photos of my own, photos from friends, copyright free photos I track down on the internet, photos posted on the Sktchy app for artists to use, and sometimes yep, I just sketch while I’m watching TV. If you want to read about how and why I sketch from TV at times you can use the blog’s search engine to find related posts on that topic. Enter sketching from TV and a bunch of stuff will come up. (Some will be password protected and private because those are posts still being fixed after the big platform move in 2017—don’t know when I’ll get to them. But you’ve picked a topic to ask about that I’ve written a ton about so there will be plenty of posts you can read.)

      I hope you keep practicing sketching your pup. Concentrate on your proportions and remember to breathe. I also recommend, when you have some time and it is safe (Covid issues become less difficult) that you go to a natural history museum and draw from the taxidermy. This will help you train your eye to draw from 3-dimensional live subjects, because the taxidermy is 3-d but still. And that stillness will give you plenty of time to practice your proportions. Happy sketching.

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