In General Classes: As Travel Sketchers we are always looking for fun, fast techniques to embellish our sketches. This week we explored using watercolour washes and sprinkles of watercolour pencil in our sketchbooks.
We realised what a fantastic technique this is for travelling as we prepare our pages ahead of time, perhaps colouring a few pages randomly in our new sketchbooks and using them when the mood arises. Coloured pages are also handy if you are sketching in a museum or on the top of a double-decker bus, all you need is a pen or pencil to finish a beautiful engaging sketch. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover pools of paint in your palette. A quick wash using up random colours as a base for another sketch later.
Our Studio time was a great way to loosen up, create some texture and interest to our pages before sketching iconic Manly. We love your creativity and resulting sketches. Well done everyone!
New Sketchers: Lots of huge leaps forward this week as we played with watercolour and learnt how to create shape, light and depth to our sketches. The magic chinagraph wax pencil and lovely loose sketches. Layering colour, experimenting with just how much water and how much pigment we need.
Our location was the wonderful Manly Food Coop, choc-full of fresh produce, friendly staff and delicious dark chocolate covered coffee beans! Your sketches were wonderfully loose, with just a splash of colour. Fantastic. Lunch at Ora Café topped of a great day of sketching.
Our thoughts are with our sketchers who have been away due to illness and the loss of loved ones. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Good luck to our Tuesday sketcher, Kim, who is off to Rio to watch her daughter compete in the Para-Olympics on September 8. Go Alex!
TUESDAY NEW SKETCHERS. AUGUST 30 ’16
TUESDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 30 ’16
WEDNESDAY NEW. AUGUST 31 ’16
WEDNESDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 31 ’16
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SATURDAY GENERAL. SEPTEMBER 3 ’16
We had a wonderful day on a Thursday. A quick warm up of people yet again to keep us inspired by the loose and flowing effect. We all tried a bike from memory -one outstanding bike rider’s sketch was perfect and showed us all what we hadn’t remembered!!
Out and about we went around Albert Park on a chilly start to spring looking for bikes and funny how they appear everywhere around us to observe more closely, in all sorts of settings just perfect for sketchers really. Mon Amour a French cafe was our location for lovely cakes , coffee and to add colour to all those quick snap shots of bikes we’d captured.
I was here in Auckland so attended the 10am Saturday New Sketchers class in the Devonport Studio. Today was week 6 and eye level perspective. This is one of the trickiest subjects we do, and Tony nailed it.
My contribution was to run through that eye level graph – you know the one – a corner with fan lines coming down above eye level and going up below. Somehow this simplifies the whole concept and once we were out on location, every sketch was terrific.
At 5 Loves Cafe, opposite the corner of the house we were sketching, beautiful food was chowed down, on a slightly chilly day. Fantastic to meet Tony’s very enthusiastic class and see the results.
I’m starting to look for great sketch locations places outside of Tokyo. Would be fun to do one day trips as well as classes. For the first one, I went to Karuizawa which is 1.5hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen ( bullet train). I admit I’m enjoying ‘investigation’ so much 🙂
I’d love people to check out our EHS Tokyo Facebook and ‘Like’ or page. Do let me know if anyone would like to sketch in Tokyo and I’ll take you on a wonderful sketch journey.
Not long now till we reveal where our first classes will be. The locations are set in so many of the pretty villages and classes will be rotated between 3 or 4 of these during the 8 week term.
That’s it for this week