Posts in category "still life"

35th worldwide SketchCrawl

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:

coffee cup sketch

Watercolor pencils in a Moleskine sketchbook.

Next I sketched Iva who was sitting across the table:

watercolor sketch portrait

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.

Rijeka port with cranes watercolors sketch

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:

Rijeka panorama watercolor 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.

watercolor sketch portrait

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:

Rijeka rooftops watercolor sketch

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 :)):

instagram sketch photo instagram sketch photo

Sheep skulls IV

I think this is it for now, I'm itching to draw some people finally.

Ink wash on 20x36cm paper. Photo is very grainy, blergh. I tried to pull off some minimalistic comic look and I think it's OK, but I messed up the shading on the hand.

sheep skull drawing

Sheep skulls III and a rose

Continuing with the skull studies in various techniques, this time it's done in watercolor pencils. The background turned out crap so I tried to salvage it with regular colored pencils.

sheep skull drawing

After that I did another study of a rose in a glass, watercolor pencils as well.

rose drawing

Both are 12x20cm. I'm thinking of buying actual watercolor, maybe I even learn to like this medium, hm?

Sheep skulls II (and quick portraits)

As I wrote in my last post, I'm continuing with the sheep skull studies. Tonight I did a drawing in soft pastel on toned A4 paper.

sheep skull drawing

This morning I couldn't sleep anymore so while I was waiting for my boyfriend to wake up, I sketched some portraits referenced from photos in a Taschen catalogue. Top left is a fragment of Lady Gaga, and Rachel Weisz at the bottom. Top right is some dude I don't know, I think a photographer of these ladies.

pencil portraits

Sheep skulls I

I completely forgot I had a sheep skull in a box lying around. I've been planning to make something with it, but before that I'll do some still life studies because bones are always such an interesting subject.

The first one I did last night. Just a general study. I used black and white sketching pencils, and red watercolor pencils.

sheep skull drawing

Today's one was an attempt at comic-like drawing with a marker and ink, but as you can see I'm not very good at it, the lines are pretty messy. I suppose stippling would work much better here. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow.

sheep skull drawing

I found this skull last spring I think, while I was walking with my mom through a village I used to live in when I was a kid. I saw it on the ground and said, "Hey look!". We paused, and then she asked, "Are you going to take it?" Of course I wanted to take it, but I'm so used to her being grossed out about everything, especially me picking up dead things from the ground and bringing them in the house (mostly insects) that I was reluctant to bring it up. So I guess this was her way of saying "It's OK, I accept you as a weirdo you are, you're a grown up now and I don't mind if you carry a sheep's skull in your bag." How nice of her.

Anyway. I'll be doing studies of this skull in a variety of techniques so I may bore you to hell with it. Sorry.

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