master studies

May 1 - May 7: this week at Valdraws

This week's Art Camp lesson includes sketching from imagination. This isn't very good, but I like the feeling:

I'm looking forward to doing more sketches from imagination; it will give me a chance to experiment with ideas for my picture books.

I'm looking forward to doing more sketches from imagination; it will give me a chance to experiment with ideas for my picture books.

The lesson also includes more master studies; I had some fun with my new gouache paints and did this one of a Kate Greenaway illustration:

I had forgotten how much fun working with real paint is!

I had forgotten how much fun working with real paint is!

And here's another digital study:

I also did a gouache color study of an Edmund Dulac illustration, and pencil sketches for two images for Butterfly Girl, but OneDrive isn't syncing my scans, so I'll have to post those another time.

My plan for the week is to do one master study and one color sketch from imagination each day to finish this week's Art Camp lesson (and catch up on what I didn't finish in the first lesson) in the next ten days, and to also work on sketches for my dummy for Butterfly Girl on the weekends.

And that is my incompletely synced week in a nutshell. Until next time...

April 24 - April 30: this week at Valdraws

I finished my value studies for Art Camp week 1, and started on the color studies. Unfortunately, I saved over one of the files with three of my value studies so I can't post them, but the important thing is that I did them.

I decided I'm going to give myself two weeks to finish each week of Art Camp so that I have time to work on other things too. I still want to do Illustration Friday, but I'm going to let myself submit a sketch, rather than trying to do a finished piece, and I'm also going to work on the dummy for my picture book. Here's the rough sketch for IF and my very rough storyboard that I did this week:

Lots of scribbly notes

Lots of scribbly notes

I also filled a few more orders in my Etsy shop, and thought about getting those other items listed, but there just aren't enough hours in the day for all of it, so I'm focusing on my picture book and Art Camp right now.

So, that's it for this week; until next time!