I haven't been sketching much because I was busy with a very important event that happens every year in October (and I don't mean my birthday) so I was working double shifts, balancing office work, freelance work and pro bono work... thank goodness it's over because I was just at the end of my wits.
During this time I finally got my belated pay check so I got some new art supplies - among them Derwent Coloursoft pencils (barely tested them!), and I wont the 3rd place at the Canson contest (yay!) and in turn got a bunch of fancy sketchbooks and a Van Gogh pocket watercolour set that's really neat. I've been carrying it around lately instead of my mini handmade watercolor box because it's not as bulky as my Sakura Koi box.
So anyway. I'm trying to get back into shape with regular sketching. On Saturday I had a sketching date with my friend (hi, Maja!) and produced the following view from her balcony:
She made a very lovely drawing in watercolour pencils too, and I hope we'll repeat this sometime soon.
On Sunday I stopped on my way home to sketch a small kitsch lamppost.
The last one is more than a month old, a small pond in the park near my new apartment.
Oh and my new apartment! It's wonderful. I finally have enough room for a proper work desk, and a cabinet for my art supplies♥ I feel I'm going to make a lot of art while I'm here.
I took a week off and went to my parent's place, where I had a real vacation that was all beach, coffee, going out, staying up until 5 AM sort of thing, and the only drawing I did was in my sketchbook, although I took a whole bag of art supplies with me.
I bought a new sketchbook the day before the trip and I've added my review of it to the post My Sketchbooks Comparison so you can read more about it there.
This is just the observational stuff, I'll put the rest in a separate post tomorrow.
Watercolors were painted using my mini handmade watercolor sketch kit, rocks are done with a 2B mechanical pencil, and the foot was made using a sanguine oil pencil and the background with a black watercolor pencil.
Back from my Serbia trip. Sketching was almost a total failure, only got these 2 sketches to show:
Watercolor in my cheap Lega-lega sketchbook that wrinkles badly so the quality is blah.
We had a long holiday weeknd in Croatia so I spent a few days at my parents' place with my boyfriend. I did a tiny bit of sketching.
The first was made with my mini handmade watercolor sketch kit, and others with my Sakura Koi kit in a small Moleskine watercolor notebook.
A sketch of my boyfriend that does look a bit like him, made with a graphite pencil and watercolor pencils.
As far as I know, this was the first sketchcrawl organized in Rijeka, and maybe even in Croatia. First Djuro and I met around 11 A.M. and sat down in a cafe where we waited for Eda and Iva. Iva brought her little son Vito who seems most enthusiastic about drawing and started right away. We talked a bit, discussed drawing supplies (Djuro bought her first watercolor pencils and hasn't tried them out yet), and slowly started sketching. My first sketch was my glass coffee cup:
Watercolor pencils in a Moleskine sketchbook.
Next I sketched Iva who was sitting across the table:
I used my Sakura Koi watercolors, Pentel Aquash waterbrushes and a small Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. This is what I used for all the remaining sketches - I haven't even opened my larger W&N watercolor sketchbook.
The weather was very unstable, alternating between rain and sunshine (and both) so we decided to move to a different cafe instead of walking around the city. We grabbed something to eat, then went to a cafe that overlooks the port. Here's where I sketched the breakwater with cranes, a sort of typical Rijeka motif.
I drew the cranes with a Pentel brush pen and got frustrated because the ink wasn't flowing properly and had this very textured look on paper. The brush seemed very dry, and when I took it apart I saw why - the cartridge was empty. I didn't expect it to be empty so soon because I didn't have the feeling like I was using it so much so I didn't even bother to check the level. Lesson learned.
Anyway, there was an artistic performance - sheep shearing - and an exhibition on the pier so we went to check it out. We got there, looked at the exhibits and the shearing, got some free red wine and Pag cheese, and sat up on the pier enjoying the view of the city. The clouds were moving fast so the lighting on the city changed by the minute - but I felt like sketching it anyway and did this very pale looking sketch:
Other girls gave up on sketching, but other two friends of mine came along - Nina and Maja - so I shared my drawing tools with them and they did some sketching as well.
Then I sketched Nina.
After that Maja and I went to yet another cafe, the same one I drew the Rijeka city clock tower at, and I did the last sketch of the church of Saint Vitus:
It was 8 P.M. when I went home, a very long day during which I only did a few sketches, but overall I think it went well. The girls enjoyed it and there was some mention on making this a regular thing on our own? I would sure like that :)
Here are some bonus Instagram photos (bottom left is Djuro's sketch of me :)):