Yes, I'm Still Sketching!

Every single day! I can hardly believe it myself! 😀

I’ve been a bit distracted and busy the last little while with some PAS stuff, so many of my recent sketches are fairly last-minute rough and quick ones. Honestly, there are a few I would not normally show or share publicly because they’re just THAT bad unremarkable … but, aside from keeping a record of proof that I actually am meeting the Daily Sketch Challenge I set for myself, part of the reason I am trying to post all my sketches here (including the completely unremarkable and even the downright bad / ugly / horrible / WTFisthat?! ones) is to show that even “real” artists have bad days and produce (at times) truly AWFUL work. By allowing myself to be vulnerable in this way, I really hope to encourage others who may be beginning or inexperienced artists or just feel too scared to post what they consider to be their “ugly” sketches, not to shy away from posting such work publicly anyway. It’s been a humbling, yet very freeing and good experience for me 🙂

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A beautiful bronze statue of Samuel de Champlain sculpted by Hamilton MacCarthy stands watch overlooking the Ottawa river at Nepean Point.  I took many ref photos of the statue when hubby and I explored the lookout last summer.

DSC 67 - from my own ref photo - graphite in

DSC 67 – from my own ref photo – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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Still, one of the hardest things about this challenge for me continues to be “what should I sketch??” … especially when I am tired and would rather be doing anything but sketching!!  I was feeling fairly brain dead this night, so loosely based this quick little watercolour sketch on a painting I’d taught as a fundraiser through PN for Ottawa’s Freedom Dog Rescue a couple of months ago.

DSC 68 - f5rom imagination - watercolour in in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 68 – from imagination/memory – watercolour in in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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Wanted to experiment a bit with negative space, which led to this sketch.

DSC 69 - from imagination - watercolour in in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 69 – from imagination – graphite and watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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At last I was not quite so distracted by other things, so I had a bit more energy to let my imagination out to play 🙂

DSC 70 - from imagination - watercolour in in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 70 – from imagination – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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FINALLY, I reached the last page of my old Deserres sketchbook, so I decided to take my time and wrap it up with something I was happy with. Probably my favourite thing to draw is people … faces especially … so I was quite pleased when I was able to close my book on this.

DSC 71 - from imagination - graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 71 – from imagination (my excuse for the overly large eyes! LOL) – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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UGH! Definitely wouldn’t be sharing this one publicly if not for my commitment to share even the real-bad-uglies! LOL Complete fail on all fronts. Background didn’t work as I intended and the rose is just flat. I blame the failure on the fact that I fooled with (and way overworked) this during my Open Studio time, so was distracted by all the gabbing we were doing! 😀

DSC 71 - from my own ref photo - graphite on 9"x12" Canson CP paper.

DSC 72 – from my own ref photo – watercolour on 9″x12″ Canson CP paper.

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It’s been a while since I worked in my tan-toned sketch book and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy working on this paper.

DSC 70 - from imagination - graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 73 – from imagination – white charcoal in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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At last, I get to start a new sketchbook made just for watercolour! I’d bought myself a Strathmore Visual Journal quite some time back, but wanted to finish all my “outstanding” sketchbooks before starting a new one. Thanks to all the sketches I’ve done due to my DSC, I got to crack open the wired spine on this lovely! Soooo much nicer to work in with watercolour!! This is a pretty quick sketch done at the end of an enjoyable, but long and tiring day trip out with friends.

DSC 73 - from imagination - watercolour in

DSC 74 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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It was such a beautiful, warm (for us Canadians!) day on Sunday, that hubby and I went for a little walk on Bank St. I stopped in at Planet Botanix to pick up my sinfully smelly Lemongrass Loufah soap, and saw this adorable little white china bunny just sitting there waiting for me to spot him and give him his forever home. I’d been looking for something to “Spring” up my meditation altar, and he suits just perfectly! 🙂

DSC 70 - from imagination - graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 75 – from life – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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Practicing profiles.

DSC 76 - inktense and watercolour in

DSC 76 – from imagination – inktense and watercolour in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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Started on this sketch with the intention of just practicing more profiles … only to have this emerge … which started filling my head with lots of ideas that I want to explore over the coming months 🙂

DSC 70 - from imagination - graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 77 – from imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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If you like to draw but are discouraged or frustrated with your results … just remember that we all start somewhere and keep practicing … and, most importantly, neverever give up! Ohh! And a Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you! 🙂

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