Sketchbook pages

from Steve Huston’s lectures:

head gesture

torso structuretorso structure

visual storytelling

visual storytellingeggheads? from animation book:

eggheads

eggheads random , lost page:

color schemes

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Sketchbook pages

I realize I should have grouped the pages by subject but….. for what its worth…:

These two pages are following Steve Huston’s lectures, you can find them on youtube here: edges and color   head neck connection   Guptill: clouds sketchbook page       Ruskin: composition page          Random page: sketchbook page

New Sketchbook

We had met up in India recently and my sister gifted me this sketchbook. Isn’t it pretty, I love it :

new sketchbook

 

I am going through this one very quickly, I think I used up half of it in a week… I did this page while watching Happy feet 2 with my son, Aryaman; I was just getting into the flow when naturally he too had to get inspired right then. He took my book and drew some strange ‘only-boys-can-be-interested-in’ stuff…….in it

imaginary landscape

These were done watching NewMastersAcademy videos, Danny Galieote, Glen Vilppu, Sheldon Borenstein:

gesture

quick sketching quick sketching quick sketching quick sketching quick sketching quick sketching

 

Have you tried the scribble method for initial lay-ins? Its very liberating, scribble across the form to get the initial gesture so that you can build forms over it….  it should be done very lightly not as dark as I have here:

scribble method
scribble method anatomy drapery

 

Books on Art (technique and theory)

Hi everyone, ……. wanted to share with you some of my newly acquired art books:

books on art technique

Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step – Arthur L. Guptill

Guptill’s books are my favourite, favourite art books … I love, love  his sketches, especially the ones done in watercolor. Guptill was not only a painter, an art director and a teacher but also an architect, so inevitably his perspective is always bang on yet somehow still managing to look effortlessly done. ‘ Watercolor painting step by step ‘ covers a lot of ground from color mixing and schemes, drawing from the photograph and still life, composition and arrangement of values to painting outdoors and various landscape elements divided into sections. That said, most (but not all) of this material is covered in his other books, which are available for free, such as in : Drawing with pen and ink, and a word concerning the brush, by Arthur L. Guptill. Here are some pages from this book to slurp over:

Watercolor painting step by step - Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step – Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step - Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step – Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step - Arthur L. Guptill

Watercolor painting step by step – Arthur L. Guptill

‘ Carlson’s guide to landscape painting’ by John F. Carlson is another gem, if you are new to landscape painting or even just to sketching, you have to , have to have this book on your bookshelf. You will not find any color illustrations in here but his simple pencil drawings drive home the point much better than any lavish color pictures would have done. His theory of angles I found invaluable, also perspective of clouds, trees etc is covered in a more approachable right-brained-thinking kind of a way.

 ' Carlson's guide to landscape painting' by John F. Carlson

‘ Carlson’s guide to landscape painting’ by John F. Carlson

 ' Carlson's guide to landscape painting' by John F. Carlson

‘ Carlson’s guide to landscape painting’ by John F. Carlson

 ' Carlson's guide to landscape painting' by John F. Carlson

‘ Carlson’s guide to landscape painting’ by John F. Carlson

 ' Carlson's guide to landscape painting' by John F. Carlson

‘ Carlson’s guide to landscape painting’ by John F. Carlson

‘The Laws guide to drawing birds’ by John Muir Laws , another  beautiful, beautiful book that I highly recommend for beginners in bird drawing. Laws covers everything you need to know to draw birds; bird anatomy, bird flight, field sketching, using different mediums etc. What I like most about the book is  that it is simple and direct and gets the point across using a lot of illustrations. Bird sketching should be enjoyable, its more about getting out into nature and feeling one with her, about observing and learning, immersing oneself in the experience of it and less on whether you have a page full of perfect drawings at the end and this is what Laws lays emphasis on.

'The Laws guide to drawing birds' by John Muir Laws

‘The Laws guide to drawing birds’ by John Muir Laws

'The Laws guide to drawing birds' by John Muir Laws

‘The Laws guide to drawing birds’ by John Muir Laws

‘Color and Light – A guide for the realist painter’ by the famed creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney, is a 200+ page book full of the most gorgeous paintings by himself as well as other great artists. He writes a blog at http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.de/ which I love to follow. This book covers topics like sources of light, light and form, pigments, visual perception, most of all I like the chapter on atmospheric effects. (Another book which I so want to get on this topic is   ‘The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air’ By M. Minnaert. Minnaert was an astronomer and his classic book explains  several interesting and common natural phenomenon such as reflection and refraction of light, formation of rainbows, haloes , coronae, light and color in the sky and in the landscape…)

'Color and Light - A guide for the realist painter' by  James Gurney

‘Color and Light – A guide for the realist painter’ by James Gurney

'Color and Light - A guide for the realist painter' by  James Gurney

‘Color and Light – A guide for the realist painter’ by James Gurney

‘Interaction of Color by Josef Albers‘ deals with somewhat more advanced areas in Color Theory. Albers was one of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century. He didnot give concepts straight out to his students, instead he made them cut out various tints, tones and shades of colors from magazines, place them one against the other and observe their interactions. This book has a number of color plates illustrating principles like after-images, simultaneous contrast, transparence and space illusion, Bezold effect, Weber-Fechner Law, vibrating boundaries, vanishing boundaries to name just a few. If you are new to this great man’s work, check out these videos Color Luminosity by Richard Nelson and Color Relativity to stimulate your interest.

'Interaction of Color by Josef Albers'

‘Interaction of Color by Josef Albers’

'Interaction of Color by Josef Albers'

‘Interaction of Color by Josef Albers’

Sketchbook pages

My notes from the books of Arthur Guptill:

Color contrasts

Color contrasts

Color Schemes

Color Schemes

Color Schemes

Color Schemes

Oak watercolor sketch

Oak watercolor sketch

Landscape sketches

Landscape sketches

 

 

couple of sketchbook pages

This page is following a lecture of Danny Galieote over at New Masters Academy (Invaluable resource, check it out if you haven’t already, they have all the teachers you want to be learning art from : Glenn Vilppu, Steve Huston ….. ):

sketchbook page

from Steve Huston’s video lecture:

sketchbook page

These pages are from my old sketchbook, done from a book called How to Paint Trees in Watercolor by W.H.J. Boot I found the color notes that Boot has used to be very interesting, so I did a couple of them, this one is in pastel and the one below it watercolor:

sketchbook page ash tree

Ash tree

sketchbook page

Oak tree

one of notes from Ruskin:

sketchbook page