Feb 29, 2012

Watercolor Paper and Ball Point Pen

February 2012: Early Morning

My last couple of sketchbooks were a little odd - craft paper or thin dry media paper (though I gave it quite a lot of watercolor and gouache coverings:) And I longed for a good old white sturdy watercolor surface to work with. When the time came quick review of the "reserve" box showed that I have this watercolor "Pen and Ink" horizontal book stored - COOL! I splashed some color right on the first spread!
However most of the pens in my "usual rotation" were bleeding, scratching, and overall misbehaving. While running some tests I picked up bic ball point and... what can I say - 1/3 of the book is filled now and most of it is black and white, done with the same bic ballpoint... see below :)
February 2012: People
February 2012: People
February 2012: Conversation
February 2012: People in the Park

Feb 28, 2012

February 28, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

I want to do some cave painting!

February 2012: Hakone Gardens

It was a wonderful day: warm and welcoming in the sun, chilly and windy in the shade. We enjoyed laughing when our little companion accidentally stepped in the pond, made boats out of wisteria seeds (they sink immediately so we called them fish food post-factum), visited bamboo garden dead ends multiple times, and sniffed all flowering trees. Great times!

February 2012: Hakone Gardens
February 2012: Hakone Gardens
February 2012: Hakone Gardens
February 2012: Hakone Gardens

Feb 22, 2012

Sketching Together

Forest is a good place to share. Hike. Banana. Sketch. Hike some more :)

February 2012: Forest

Feb 21, 2012

Last Pages from Sketchbook #61

February 2012: Poppies by apple-pine
February 2012: Poppies, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.

Actually these are not the last pages - but definitely last pages with color. I scanned my first pages from Sketchbook #62 already :)

February 2012: Lavender

Feb 20, 2012

Hiking Coyote Hills Park Again

February 2012: Coyote Hills by apple-pine
February 2012: Coyote Hills, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.

We spent a very lazy sunny and a little windy two hours in the park.

Activities of the company included:
1. sleeping
2. rock hunting
3. bird watching
4. ground squirrel spooking
5. sketching
6. walking without trail
7. building houses for little imaginary friends
8. singing
February 2012: Coyote Hills
February 2012: Coyote Hills
February 2012: Coyote Hills

Feb 17, 2012

Practice

February 2012: Practice by apple-pine
February 2012: Practice, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.

I rarely use pencils but got Palomino to play with and decided to try it during quick sketching of moving people.
It's fast and very receptive - I like it a lot. And what I liked even more way the fact that it was not smudging too much.

Feb 15, 2012

February 2011: Waiting at SFO

I was waiting and drawing people around me for some time when suddenly I saw another interesting face to draw - and it was my brother (whom I was meeting there). Apparently I missed him while looking at these characters and he was standing there for 10 minutes - looking for me :)

February 2011: Waiting at SFO

Feb 14, 2012

Weekend Feast

I ate before I started drawing the cutlets :) And I munched on part of the salad while drawing :) Both were super-delicious!

February 14, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

Tam-da-da-da-ta-dam-ta-dam...

Feb 10, 2012

February 2012: Spring

February 2012: Spring by apple-pine
February 2012: Spring, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.
I planted some old bulbs last summer and here they are - tiny flowers in unexpected place!
February 2012: guerrilla flowers

Feb 9, 2012

February 9, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

One-Two-Three
One-Two-Three
One-Two-Three...

Two Early Mornings

I always start when it's too dark to see what I am drawing - blindly. I like mornings - how things get lighter and gain color and shape - it feels a little as if my hand - by drawing - is responsible for this, is making ALL that magic happen :)
Other mornings are just plain dark and heavy, restless. Bird feeder swinging, brunches struck each other. It's hard not feel responsible for drawing those days - but then - may be I should - after all - it's magic too :)
February 2012: Early Morning

Feb 8, 2012

Lunch

February 2012: Lunch by apple-pine
February 2012: Lunch, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.

Another lunch. I tried diluted ink in my fountain pen and also recorded all ingredients. It was hard to draw this before eating so I started on the bread :)

February 8, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

Reading out loud.

Feb 6, 2012

Feb 3, 2012

How January became February

This was last day of January: lots of kids playing on a spiderweb. Too cold to sit on the ground. Very bright day!
And this is  how February opened the door:  with dark morning
February 2012: Early Morning
and very bright, loud and fast-moving Chinese New Year Parade :)
February 2012: Chinese New Year Parade

February 3, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

Who's that coming?

Feb 2, 2012

February 2, 2012


Badger Log, originally uploaded by apple-pine.

Come here, guys - I'll tell you a story.

Lunch

Lunch by apple-pine
Lunch, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.

Notes to self:
1) better paper please!
2) do not attempt drawing eggs!
After line work was done and first wash started drying I devoured most part of this (rather tasty) lunch - and so lost my subject matter. Finishing from memory was not so much fun. But eating cold eggs would be even worse!

Sketchbook #104: Cello Practice