This winter it has become a habit for five or six of us to meet at the museum for a sketching session on Thursday mornings. I really look forward to it. I go on other days as well but it’s fun to meet and talk with some fellow sketchers.
Claudette suggested that we meet on Tuesday this week as well, and while some of the ‘regulars’ couldn’t come on Tuesday, she managed to get a couple sketchers I don’t see often to show up so there were seven of us sketching this morning. Why is it so exciting for sketchers to gather together only to ignore one another for extended periods of time? Don’t know myself but it sure is fun.
I started the day with a little five-minute (maybe?) sketch to try out the yellow Field Notes book that comes with the blue and red books I’ve reported on recently. It’s a small wooden statue and I guess the yellow notebook passes the suitability test. I’ll probably do more in this book, though I prefer the red and blue books.
After wandering around a bit I headed to the new nanotechnology exhibit to draw a Mayan 3-tube flute. It’s made of clay and I haven’t a clue why it’s part of the nanotechnology exhibit. Maybe I should have read the plaque.
I’d filled my Falcon with Noodler’s Lexington Gray which I haven’t used in quite a while. I’d forgotten how much its “water-resistant” nature doesn’t work on papers with lots of sizing. I applied some color with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush and everything acquired a gray overcast from the ink. Back to DeAtramentis Document Black for me.
Wow, that second sketch really has a dimensional look to it — the combination of the angle of the, uh, sticky-outie thing and the shadow under it. Well done. And the brown ink looks good on the yellow FN!
Thanks. I thought about you as I was starting this drawing because it’s the sort of thing that really needs some careful scaffolding. It’s actually easier to see in the drawing but when looking at the real thing the tendency is to place the center of the object on its centerline but in this case the actual centerline is just to the left of the front flute tube. That flat portion forms a triangle that projects quite to the right of the centerline as well. It took a while to get that right and I’m glad I did before I started actually drawing. — Larry