straight line block-in warmups

Still life warm-up sketching

My focus for quite awhile has been on painting landscapes, but recently I’ve become frustrated by my progress. And when I’m frustrated more than not, it’s a sign to take a step back and reassess. I think what’s going on is a combination of a few things: feeling rushed when painting outdoors not having enough outdoor painting experience to be able to enjoy working from photos struggling with making the materials do what I want trying to paint fast when indoors Reflecting on this made it pretty obvious to me that a good next step in my painting practice would…

Sketching the Everyday craftsy course with Paul Heaston - hatched driving moc

Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday class

Once I realized I was most interested in the process of sketching and painting I signed up for a few Craftsy classes on the topic. Although I was itching to watch them all at once, picking just one to start seemed more prudent. So I started off with Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday with Paul Heaston. Paul is a master at drawing with ink (his hatching is really special), and he’s an excellent teacher as well. This course was so good for learning basic things to consider when starting to draw. Many of the things covered were familiar to me from college art classes, but…

Cute drawings of turtle and otters

Drawing cute animals

While in the book store looking for some serious illustration inspiration, I ran across a book by Sachiko Umoto called Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals. It was the opposite of serious, and it turned out to be exactly what I needed. I sketched these in pencil first, then went back over with ink and erased the pencil lines.