Sketches and more sketches!

I must admit, it’s been a bit difficult to keep up with my Daily Sketch Challenge as I’ve been so busy lately, but I am determined to end up with at least 366 sketches by the end of the year, so am admittedly proud of myself for having made it through the first few weeks of the new year without missing a single day of sketching!

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That being said, some sketches are really very quick and not very detailed at all, as evidenced by this curious little fellow!

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DSC 15 – chipmunk from my own ref photo – graphite in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

While others qualify more as doodles than true sketches!


DSC 16 – a doodle – micron pens in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

And some are experiments that went horribly, horribly wrong, such as this unicorn morphing into a man! The idea was MUCH better in my head! LOL Not only was the sketch itself awful, but I discovered that the Moleskine sketchbook paper does NOT like very wet washes of watercolour! 🙁 Ah well…lesson learned!


DSC 17 – from imagination – graphite sketch with watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

Still other sketches I was quite pleased with, such as these quick little gesture sketches from the movie, The Book of Daniel.


DSC 18 – 5 minute gesture sketches from paused movie scenes  – black Gellyroll pen in 8.5″ x 11″ unknown brand sketchbook.

These flowers also turned out much better than I expected and I’m very pleased with them. My little sketchbook from (brand name) Desserres has really nice paper for watercolour. Even though it is not made specifically for watercolour, the paper takes quite wet washes very well. Unfortunately though, it’s been discontinued, so once I am finished this sketchbook, I shall have to find another brand of sketchbook for my watercolour sketches.


DSC 19 – in 5.5″ X 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

I’ve had this Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook for a couple of years now, but had never really used it until just recently. I’m not used to using the paper as my mid tone, so it took some getting used to, but I am starting to get the hang of it and am really enjoying working in it.


DSC 20 – a red onion drawn from life – black and white Gellyroll pens in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

You can see my museum sketches –  DSC 21-DSC 24 – here.

This little winter scene is from my head and was just meant to practice using liquid frisket, as well as to practice snow in watercolour. Not a terribly successful experiment! My background wash is a total disaster! Which I made even worse by accidentally resting my fingers on it and leaving behind smudges! LOL


DSC 25 – winter scene from imagination – watercolour on scrap coldpress Canson paper.

More experimenting and playing with watercolour. I had seen a tutorial somewhere a while back (sorry…really wish I could provide the link, but can’t for the life of me remember who did it or where I saw it) on how to draw “stick figures” (with a pen) to include in urban sketching. Anyway, I decided to try it out with watercolour rather than pen. This little sketch was sooo much fun to do! I have a feeling that I will be practicing lots more sketchy people and including them in future sketches! 😀


DSC 26 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5″ X 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

I’ve had to miss my last two watercolour lessons, so decided to try this little exercise from the Watercolor Painting for Dummies book I have. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and might try more exercises from this book….though am hoping to get back to my lessons again next week!


DSC 27 – a practice exercise from the book Watercolor Painting for Dummies – watercolour in 5.5″ X 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.


That catches me up to date until yesterday with my Daily Sketch Challenges. Going forward, I will probably be posting some of my better daily sketches on Instagram, and will try to post the entire week’s worth of sketches, failures and all, regularly here on my blog every Monday or Tuesday.


2 comments to Sketches and more sketches!

  • I am so proud of you Lissa…not only that you’ve kept up with your commitment to sketch, but that you show everything. I think we artists are already pretty vulnerable, but to post pieces you think aren’t as good as others…I am totally impressed!! I think I am a pretty confident person but I still slightly cringe every time I post my art and when I send a photo of a finished commission off to a client…putting yourself out there isn’t always easy!!

    Oh…and I had to laugh at your finger prints on your watercolor piece, as I have a very small guacamole spot on my new graphite piece…trying to cover up spots is not really easy on paper!!! 😛

  • Aww thank you SO much, Kathryn! It means a lot to me that you read here and take the time to respond! 🙂

    It’s true, it’s SO hard to post the sketches that don’t measure up to my own standards, and is especially difficult to show the world what I think of as “total crap”! LOL Like you, I also cringe every single time I post my art, even when I post something I feel is relatively good! As you say, it makes us feel very vulnerable….but, I very much hope to encourage anyone who is a beginner or who feels shy about their works or who struggles with their art to have the courage to persist. And who better than an artist knows that ALL artists have bad days…and sometimes we have REALLY BAD days!! Days when the ideas just don’t come, or if they do, you just can’t translate them properly to the page. I think the most important thing though is that we have fun…and that we never ever give up something we enjoy, no matter how hard it may be.

    HA! Love the guacamole spot!