Here is is April, and I have just, today, uploaded my sketch journal adventures-plus-tutorial for the sketching trip I took LAST DECEMBER! Good grief!
|My new sketch journal!|
|An original ballpoint pen page.|
That's a humongous lot of work, and it took me awhile to get them written, tweaked, proofed, and the webpages and links on my website created and, well, have a life at the same time.
It happened like this.....When I was camping out and sketching in the Saguaro forest near Tucson in December, it was so cold at night (in the low twenties!) that I couldn't do as usual and watercolor-pencil-paint my sketches in the evenings in warm and cozy lodgings.
So my sketchbook arrived back home in a black-and-white state, and after scanning all of the sketches into my desktop publishing program, I had to decide what to do about the situation.
|My original bighorn sheep sketch in ballpoint pen ....|
It's a lot more fun to paint your sketches on the spot, and I really wasn't in the mood to do it in January when I got home, but everyone I showed it to said it needed color, so I sat down with my watercolor pencils and waterbrush, resigned, to do the deed.
But it was more fun than I expected.
|...and painted with watercolor pencils.|
|A page from the workbook.|
It is really detailed, from selecting the color of pencil, to planning the color scheme, to demonstrating the strokes (pencil and brush) needed to get the specific effects I was envisioning, and lots of other stuff besides. I made it into a sort of coloring book, so if you want you can print out the black-and-white original drawings on heavy paper and paint them using the tutorial as a guide, just for the fun and practice.
|My new workbook|
I've just finished the upload so that if you want to see the results all you have to do is go to my website and read about them ~ and if you want, order them. Here's the location of the sketch journal, Saguaro Sketch Journal and here's the step-by-step painting workbook, The Canyon Country in Watercolor Pencils.
|The scene from my first night's campground.|
* * * * * * * * *BTW, I began an new exciting (and ongoing!) adventure on the first of March that I will tell you about in the next blog. It's something totally novel to me, so I'm eager to share it with you! Stay tuned!