Sunday, August 15, 2010

Zebra Look and Three Plein Airs at the Lake

It's been a while since I've done any work in my favorite Hahnemuehle sketchbook, so I did this last night with my watercolor crayons.
And I managed a few plein air sketches at the lake this weekend again. All in my pocket watercolor Moleskine, the first with watercolor (when we got a bit drenched by the intermittent drizzle), the next two done today with watercolor pencils.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Przewalski Horse Foal and a Sagebrush Sketch

Both done on itty bitty illustration board, 2.5x3.5, watercolor

Friday, August 6, 2010

Zebra Baby, Walking Tiger

Both 2.5x3.5, illustration board, watercolor :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vacation Watercolors

We recently went home for vacation, and I took my watercolors and watercolor pencils...**and I actually used them**! :) So here they are...the first one was done from the Sky Mall magazine (this is some weird ceramic garden statue) when I was bored on the flight...regular Moleskine, ink and watercolor.
Two from camping near Yellowstone park...the little pine is ink and watercolor pencil, the campsite is straight watercolor.
The lake near where we were camping. I tried doing straight watercolor and didn't like it, so added the ink...I never like it as well when I do the ink second, but oh well.
I also have several pages of color mixing, as I was very inspired by the desert colors (much greener than normal this year!)...
This one, done out in the desert areas, is straight watercolor on a little tiny Strathmore "Art Card" Illustration Board, 2x5, 3.5...really fun surface for watercolor, so I bought a big stack of these to use.
Another ink and watercolor, in my pocket Moleskine.
Ink and watercolor, small Moleskine (trying out a "brush pen" ended up a bit Oriental...). I really wanted to do the sagebrush justice, but I think I need more practice. Absolutely gorgeous color, as I've mentioned...
And I spent some time at the little zoo...where they had a baby zebra of all things! Ha! This, however, is one of the mares...watercolor pencil and watercolor in my pocket Moleskine. (Yes, done from life.)
Here is the little guy--again from life, watercolor pencil and watercolor in my pocket Moleskine...somehow got his neck way too long and the colors ended up a bit muddy in this one, but I was very happy to get to spend the time to do these.
And the last one I managed, at a local lake. I was very pleased with the ink and watercolor in this one, which is again in my pocket Moleskine.
It was a great vacation and I was very pleased to have gotten some sketching in!