The Documented Life Project's prompt this week is
Sketch in your journal. I was uneasy about this. I just started trying to sketch anything other than doodle flowers and your basic jack-o-lantern. When I do mixed media I know I can easily fix any big issues with a bit of acrylic paint or a piece of scrap paper.
Sketching is a whole different animal. Most of the time an eraser doesn't work and whatever is there is there. I have written several times that it's ok to make mistakes in my journal but I found that when it came to sketching I really didn't want to have what I considered a "lousy" page in it. That made me pause and realize that it was time I took a few more risks.... that I push my boundaries a bit. It was time I put my pencil to paper and do what I've been writing about. I needed to be brave and not afraid of screwing up.
I think I was pretty successful with my water bottle. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The background is a inktense blocks and wet paint brush. I sketched the bottle with a regular pencil and found that my gum eraser worked better on gesso than I thought it would. I traced over my pencil with a gray Sharpie and then used ink tense blocks for the color on the bottle.
Here's what I've discovered about myself and sketching thus far. I usually can sketch from a line drawing better than the actually object. (this bottle is the exception for me so far). I have no training with perspective and I think that is why I have an issue with objects. I also do better with simple objects and straight lines.
I love Snoopy. I really want to draw him and I've tried. He never looks like Snoopy. I'm not sure why. I'm going with because he's all curved lines. If you have Snoopy pointers for me, please leave me a comment. I want to be Snoopy when I grow up (he is brave, loyal and adventurous) and so I'd really like to be able to draw him.
I would like to thank Terri at Let's Sketch-Sketching for Everyone for the encouragement and weekly challenges. They are helping me a lot.
Link: The Documented Life Project , Paint Party Friday, Let's Sketch-Sketching for Everyone Facebook Page