The high today was 'only' 88 degrees, but it sure felt hotter than that at the BBQ-Hog-Fest today. I did enjoy listening to the blues band, made up of young men from 12 to 15 years old. They were really, really good and put on quite a show. We missed out on the BBQ tasting contest, I got too darn hot, so we came home.
Feeling a little crabby today…. so a blue crab seemed the right thing to draw today. Signed up for the 'Storytelling' Sketchbook Skool class starting in October. I'm headed to Hendersonville, NC for a Sterling Edwards week long watercolor workshop. Looking forward to seeing my friends Priscilla and Elly there, we're going to have so much fun I can't wait.
My friend Celeste posted a link to 10 colorful birds, I liked this Rainbow Lorikeet and thought my Koi Brush Pen markers might handle this brightly colored bird. I think he turned out pretty nice, and except for leaving the 'n' out of rainbow, I think it made for a bright colorful page on a dull back to work, back to school Monday.
Today I tore paper to make my own sketchbook, I did some M'Tiennes colored paper I've had for ages that I bought to make into sketchbooks and never did. I only had two sheets left that I hadn't cut pieces off of. I still have some Strathmore Mixed Media sheets of white that I need to tear tomorrow. Then I've got to find the material I bought (ages ago also) to cover the book. I may just stop by Hobby Lobby tomorrow in Columbia and see if I can find something suitable. Here's a link to the tutorial I'm using to make the book http://nyergesart.blogspot.com/2014/08/we-can-try-to-make-this-book-or-one.html
Used my new colored pencils to do this page. Here's the thing, I think I'm too lazy for colored pencils. I like the quick easy watercolor painting method to add color or markers. I do like my inktense pencils, they are a bit more work than watercolor, but they blend so nicely when you add water. This sketchbook paper doesn't like water much, so I'll be trying these pencils out and pushing my lazy self to take the time to work the colors.
Caran d'Ache colored pencils and watercolor pencils are twice as expensive as most, and I've always wondered why. What's so special about these pencils? So I ordered a few open stock pencils mostly colored pencils (because I wanted to try them) and a few muted watercolor pencils to use to sketch paintings (expecting the lines to blend and disappear). Just doing this color chart revealed how very soft (buttery even) the colored pencils are and how just a little effort is needed to lay down a nice layer of color.
For the last several days, BBC America has been playing a Doctor Who marathon, 24/7. The new season starts next week so I guess they want everyone caught up. I used Liz Steel's building suggestions to draw the Tardis, a few wonky lines but it turned out way better than I expected.
Disturbing news today of a young reporter James Foley that was beheaded by ISIS terrorists in Syria. The only word that comes to mind is savages, evil savages they have been killing women and children. They've beheaded Muslims of the wrong 'sect' and Christians as well. The world is going to have to do something to rid ourselves of these evil savages, the only question is how and when.
Beau shoved his bed up against the book shelf for a nap this morning, so I thought I'd try drawing him with my colored brush pens. I hadn't done a drawing of him in this sketchbook yet and it's over half way finished.