Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tools for Sketching - Number One


The term “journal” is a catch-all.  When I use it, I am referring to bound books of many sizes with no lines on the pages and which may be suitable for pencil, pen and ink, watercolor or all three.
Your art supply store will carry a wide variety of journals.  Examine them carefully.  Somewhere on the cover or the wrapper you will find the information about the paper inside. Most books in which the weight of the paper is less than 90 pounds will be good for pencil or pen and ink.  Over 90 pounds and you can use watercolor with confidence. 
Carry your sketchbook always and in no time you will have a shelf full of books.

Large, 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 12 inch journals are nice, but can be inconvenient to carry.  A 3 x 5-inch journal can be carried in your pocket or a small purse.  For something a little larger, look for books in the 5.5 x 8.5-inch or 5 x 7-inch range.  Strathmore, Canson, Fabriano and Moleskine journals are among the most common available.  Online, you may read rave reviews about many other journals, but if you are just setting out to make a journal, my suggestion is that you begin by buying locally.

Here is a gesture/contour drawing, made in my 3 x 5 inch Moleskine on location using only a Sharpie.

My Fabriano 7 x 9, below, allows for more detail and comment.

Tip: Before you do anything else with your journal, PRINT information on the inside front cover that will tell someone who finds your book, if lost, how to find YOU. Include your e-mail and phone number. Sometimes when I think about it, I offer a free latte as a reward to the finder. I have lost and had books returned because of this simple step.

Tip: Opening that new journal can be intimidating.  What to do with that first page?  Mu suggestion is that you SAVE the first page of your journal for some time after you have begun making entries.  You might then make that first page a title page. If you are making a journal to record that trip of a lifetime, consider a map. But wait.  Take your time and begin a few pages back.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Our group has not been very active lately, but once we get through the holiday season, we hope to get out again.  Many of our group have been working independently.

In Early November, 2014, Lee Kline (that's me) presented a workshop to the Mount Dora Art League on keeping a Sketchbook/Journal.

Here is I am demonstrating layout possibilities for a journal page, emphasizing uses of text, date and image.
I made this "page" for the group as I talked, drawing my hand holding a cup of coffee as an example of how even the mundane can be subject matter for our journals.  You may appreciate that as I sketched this with my brush and watercolors, I dipped my brush into the coffee to rinse it!  It made a good story of the event.

During the talk, I presented thoughts one should keep in mind when making a journal and gave examples of a wide variety of journals people keep from travel journals to one-topic journals on gardening, grandchildren, flowers, insects and so forth.   I displayed and explained my own journaling sketch kit, the tools I like to carry and shared some of the books than can help at the beginning of a sketchbook journey.

In the next update, I will begin to get into the details of several issues:


Types of journals.

Drawing in public

 Book and internet resources

First up will be my suggestions on the three tools I consider basic to sketchbook journaling.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Visit to ponce inlet

I visited the Nina and Pinta reproductions in Ponce Inlet with my grandchildren. It is not easy to get time to sketch when I'm out with other people. It is also Bike Week in Daytona, so there were many, many visitors.