Sketch Classes this Week: Tues14, Thur16, Fri17 August

Tues 14 August. Mannequins or Gum Blossoms

Tues 14 August. Mannequins or Gum Blossoms

Tues 14 August. Sketching on the Corso

Tues 14 August. Sketching on the Corso

Tues 14 August. Sketching the other side of the Corso

Tues 14 August. Sketching the other side of the Corso

TUESDAY AUG 14

With one new person and two who are regulars, I offered a gorgeous vase of red gum blossoms which somehow had survived the awful weather we’d had since Friday. The other choice. The mannequin. Oh no!

As it turned out 2 people decided on the flowers and one brave sketcher faced her fear of ‘people sketching’.

Everyone did a delightful sketch and were happy to move onto Bacino Bar on Manly Corso.

We are looking a lot more at the construction of our sketches this week. Checking our eye level, and questioning what happens above and below that. Where is is it going away to? Ok what about the other direction?

Bacino is a test, as it has a slight triangle shape, so a heap of observing needs to happen to see it.

Our fitness sketcher decided the french windows over the road from us had grabbed her interest. Same things to observe. Where is your eye level and what is going on above and below.

I forgot to take it’s pic before we parted later, so she sent it to me. It’s a lovely fresh sketch with a lightness of colour.

A fun time and some excellent sketches. Now for Thursday’s Class.

Thurs 16 August. Stairways

Thurs 16 August. Stairways

Thurs 16 August. Gilbert Street Steps.

Thurs 16 August. Gilbert Street Steps.

THURSDAY AUG 16

This was building block day. Think steps and stairs. The idea was to observe the steps going away, where was it all going away to, one way and the other?

Next was to get some tone onto the shaded sides.

I’d made 2 different setups and both had to be done and coloured within 30mins each.

To follow up on this we went down to some old stone steps in Gilbert Street. I was so pleased with such different styles emerging on essentially the same aspect.

Composition is so important and with a sketch with steps or stairs (or pathways) it’s vital to lead your viewer in and resolve where to take them.

We lost one of our sketchers for ages when she found a good set of steps and railings way up the top. Lots of good colour here.

Luckily she turned up for lunch with 2 great sketches. She could have been lost forever in the forest!

A rewarding day for all. Now let’s see what Friday’s Class did.

Fri 17 August. Buiding steps

Fri 17 August. Buiding steps

Fri 17 August. Steps in the forest

Fri 17 August. Steps in the forest

What a beautiful day. Didn’t need any coats at all, well maybe a light one.

It was building block day again. Groan groan. But what is so thrilling is to see everyone really getting a grip on the angles and the light and dark. Again 2 setups so once you’d done one, get quickly onto the next.

No time to waste. We need coffee!!

Off we went and up the old stone steps at Gilbert Street to a higher set than yesterday’s view. Some lovely aspects were picked and some excellent colour applications. Some love layering their watercolour pencils and others are getting to know watercolour.

It’s the fun part for most people. If you leave enough white, and balance your lights and darks – the sketch works.

Over lunch the finishing of colours took place in between mouthfuls. A really enjoyable collection of sketches this week, now with a little more understanding of block shapes (steps.)

A couple of pics of sketchers in the Tower Hill Park, and Dodge giving his critique from a rock.

Sketching the steps

Sketching the steps

Dodge comes Sketching

Dodge gives his Sketching Critique

More fun next week, before I’m away the following one.

©ErinHill2012

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